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Building The Education State In Cranbourne And Keysborough

Students in Cranbourne and Keysborough were big winners in Victorian Budget 2016/17 and will now enjoy the facilities they deserve thanks to an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera began the day at Cranbourne Secondary College following the announcement it will receive $9 million in new funding to complete its rebuild. The project got underway when the school received $1 million in last year’s Budget and is expected to be complete by late 2018. Mr Merlino and Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula also visited Keysborough College which received $10 million to modernise its facilities. This funding comes after the $1.5 million in last year’s Budget and enables the school to complete upgrades to its admin block, toilets, creative and visual arts facilities and canteen and classrooms. Keysborough College also received a big funding boost this year when it received $3,634,107 in equity funding, up $1,013,445 compared with last year. This increase is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State funding initiative which provides an extra $566 million to help schools and students most in need to break the cycle of disadvantage. As part of Education Week, Victorian students at hundreds of schools and early childhood centres will open their doors to the community to showcase how they are helping Victorian children reach their potential, focusing on this year’s theme technology. For more information visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/edweek.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “For the second straight year the Andrews Labor Government has delivered an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools, including $1.1 billion towards school infrastructure.” Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera  “Our total investment of $18million towards the modernisation of Cranbourne Secondary College will enable the 1330 students learn in a 21st century environment.” Quote attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula “This $11.5 million upgrade project for Keysborough College has been years in the making and I’m pleased to deliver on this election commitment for our local students and their families.” Download the Media Release (412 kB)

Building The Education State In Cranbourne And Keysborough

Students in Cranbourne and Keysborough were big winners in Victorian Budget 2016/17 and will now enjoy the facilities they deserve thanks to an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera began the day at Cranbourne Secondary College following the announcement it will receive $9 million in new funding to complete its rebuild. The project got underway when the school received $1 million in last year’s Budget and is expected to be complete by late 2018. Mr Merlino and Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula also visited Keysborough College which received $10 million to modernise its facilities. This funding comes after the $1.5 million in last year’s Budget and enables the school to complete upgrades to its admin block, toilets, creative and visual arts facilities and canteen and classrooms. Keysborough College also received a big funding boost this year when it received $3,634,107 in equity funding, up $1,013,445 compared with last year. This increase is part of the Andrews Labor Government’s Education State funding initiative which provides an extra $566 million to help schools and students most in need to break the cycle of disadvantage. As part of Education Week, Victorian students at hundreds of schools and early childhood centres will open their doors to the community to showcase how they are helping Victorian children reach their potential, focusing on this year’s theme technology. For more information visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/edweek.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “For the second straight year the Andrews Labor Government has delivered an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools, including $1.1 billion towards school infrastructure.” Quote attributable to Member for Cranbourne Jude Perera  “Our total investment of $18million towards the modernisation of Cranbourne Secondary College will enable the 1330 students learn in a 21st century environment.” Quote attributable to Member for Keysborough Martin Pakula “This $11.5 million upgrade project for Keysborough College has been years in the making and I’m pleased to deliver on this election commitment for our local students and their families.” Download the Media Release (412 kB)

Building The Education State In Clayton And Bentleigh

Students in Clayton and Bentleigh were big winners in Victorian Budget 2016/17 and will now enjoy the facilities they deserve thanks to an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Clarinda Hong Lim today visited Westall Secondary College to meet staff and students and discuss plans for a potential Westall Education Precinct. Though still at an early stage, these plans can now take a step forward after the project was one of 35 schools to benefit from the Budget’s $12 million school planning fund. This project could see the school combined with Westall Primary School with other services to create an all-purpose education centre. Mr Merlino and Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos also visited Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School and announced that as part of this record breaking Budget, the school will receive $3 million for a new gymnasium.  An architect is expected to be assigned to the project in the coming weeks with the gymnasium planned to be ready for use by the middle of 2018. Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School also received a funding boost this year when it received $13,297 in equity funding, up from nothing last year. East Bentleigh Primary School received $8,961, also up from nothing last year. Mr Merlino and Mr Staikos also visited East Bentleigh Primary School to officially announce that it will receive $150,000 from the $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund. As part of Education Week, Victorian students at hundreds of schools and early childhood centres will open their doors to the community to showcase how they are helping Victorian children reach their potential, focusing on this year’s theme technology. For more information visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/edweek.aspx Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “For the second straight year the Andrews Labor Government has delivered an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools, including $1.1 billion towards school infrastructure.” Quote attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos “We’ve got fantastic schools in the Bentleigh electorate, and I’m very proud that the Andrews Labor Government has invested in upgrades at so many of them.” Quote attributable to Member for Clarinda Hong Lim “I know that many in our community have grand plans for this project. This planning is the first step towards that.” Download the Media Release (335 kB)

Building The Education State In Clayton And Bentleigh

Students in Clayton and Bentleigh were big winners in Victorian Budget 2016/17 and will now enjoy the facilities they deserve thanks to an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Clarinda Hong Lim today visited Westall Secondary College to meet staff and students and discuss plans for a potential Westall Education Precinct. Though still at an early stage, these plans can now take a step forward after the project was one of 35 schools to benefit from the Budget’s $12 million school planning fund. This project could see the school combined with Westall Primary School with other services to create an all-purpose education centre. Mr Merlino and Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos also visited Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School and announced that as part of this record breaking Budget, the school will receive $3 million for a new gymnasium.  An architect is expected to be assigned to the project in the coming weeks with the gymnasium planned to be ready for use by the middle of 2018. Tucker Road Bentleigh Primary School also received a funding boost this year when it received $13,297 in equity funding, up from nothing last year. East Bentleigh Primary School received $8,961, also up from nothing last year. Mr Merlino and Mr Staikos also visited East Bentleigh Primary School to officially announce that it will receive $150,000 from the $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund. As part of Education Week, Victorian students at hundreds of schools and early childhood centres will open their doors to the community to showcase how they are helping Victorian children reach their potential, focusing on this year’s theme technology. For more information visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/edweek.aspx Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “For the second straight year the Andrews Labor Government has delivered an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools, including $1.1 billion towards school infrastructure.” Quote attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos “We’ve got fantastic schools in the Bentleigh electorate, and I’m very proud that the Andrews Labor Government has invested in upgrades at so many of them.” Quote attributable to Member for Clarinda Hong Lim “I know that many in our community have grand plans for this project. This planning is the first step towards that.” Download the Media Release (335 kB)

Building The Education State In Bendigo West

Students in Bendigo were big winners in Victorian Budget 2016/17 and will now enjoy the facilities they deserve thanks to an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today visited local schools to meet staff and students, and to discuss plans to improve facilities following the funding injection. The day began with a visit Kalianna Special School which will receive $4.3 million to upgrade its facilities. Kalianna Special School also received a funding boost this year when it received $443,273 in equity funding, up $220,619 compared to last year. Marong Primary School will receive $54,037, up from nothing last year. This was followed by a visit to Marong Primary School which will share in the $12 million school planning fund. Mr Merlino and Ms Edwards also visited Chewton Primary School which received $90,000 from the School Pride and Sports Fund, which is designed to build school and community pride. Chewton Primary School received a funding boost this year when it received $17,000 in equity funding, up $5,000 compared to last year. Newstead Primary School received $6,070 up from nothing last year. This increase is part of the Andrews Government’s Education State funding initiative which provides an extra $566 million to help schools and students most in need to break the cycle of disadvantage. This year’s Budget provides a record $1.1 billion in school infrastructure. This includes a record $924 million for capital works, an extra $200 million for maintenance and the $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund. As part of Education Week, Victorian students at hundreds of schools and early childhood centres will open their doors to the community to showcase how they are helping Victorian children reach their potential, focusing on this year’s theme technology. For more information visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/edweek.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “For the second straight year the Andrews Labor Government has delivered an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools, including $1.1 billion towards school infrastructure.” “The Budget provided vital funding to every single regional secondary and special school that has been classified as being in the worst condition.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree West “Chewton Primary School has a long history of schooling in the district and is an integral part of the community.”  “Kalianna School community is very excited by their new school, which will mean students who attend Kalianna will get a high quality education in first rate facilities.”  Download the Media Release (410 kB)

Building The Education State In Bendigo West

Students in Bendigo were big winners in Victorian Budget 2016/17 and will now enjoy the facilities they deserve thanks to an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards today visited local schools to meet staff and students, and to discuss plans to improve facilities following the funding injection. The day began with a visit Kalianna Special School which will receive $4.3 million to upgrade its facilities. Kalianna Special School also received a funding boost this year when it received $443,273 in equity funding, up $220,619 compared to last year. Marong Primary School will receive $54,037, up from nothing last year. This was followed by a visit to Marong Primary School which will share in the $12 million school planning fund. Mr Merlino and Ms Edwards also visited Chewton Primary School which received $90,000 from the School Pride and Sports Fund, which is designed to build school and community pride. Chewton Primary School received a funding boost this year when it received $17,000 in equity funding, up $5,000 compared to last year. Newstead Primary School received $6,070 up from nothing last year. This increase is part of the Andrews Government’s Education State funding initiative which provides an extra $566 million to help schools and students most in need to break the cycle of disadvantage. This year’s Budget provides a record $1.1 billion in school infrastructure. This includes a record $924 million for capital works, an extra $200 million for maintenance and the $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund. As part of Education Week, Victorian students at hundreds of schools and early childhood centres will open their doors to the community to showcase how they are helping Victorian children reach their potential, focusing on this year’s theme technology. For more information visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/edweek.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “For the second straight year the Andrews Labor Government has delivered an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools, including $1.1 billion towards school infrastructure.” “The Budget provided vital funding to every single regional secondary and special school that has been classified as being in the worst condition.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree West “Chewton Primary School has a long history of schooling in the district and is an integral part of the community.”  “Kalianna School community is very excited by their new school, which will mean students who attend Kalianna will get a high quality education in first rate facilities.”  Download the Media Release (410 kB)

Building The Education State In Frankston And Carrum

Students in Frankston and Carrum were big winners in Victorian Budget 2016/17 and will now enjoy the facilities they deserve thanks to an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Frankston schools with Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke to meet staff and students, and discuss plans following the funding injection. This included a tour of Mahogany Rise Primary, which was awarded $200,000 from the $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund in the Budget and a visit to Derinya Primary. Mr Merlino also visited Belvedere Park Primary with Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny which was awarded $45,000 from the Fund. This year’s Budget provides an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including a $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund which is designed to build school and community pride. Construction planning will also be underway at Seaford North Primary which will share in the Budget’s $12 million school planning fund. Belvedere Park Primary also received a funding boost this year with $328,944 in equity funding, an increase of $156,448 compared to last year. Mahogany Rise Primary School is receiving $474,062 in equity funding in 2016, up $155,892 compared with 2015, and Derinya Primary School received $17,633, up from nothing last year. As part of Education Week, Victorian students at hundreds of schools and early childhood centres will open their doors to the community to showcase how they are helping Victorian children reach their potential, focusing on this year’s theme technology. For more information visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/edweek.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “For the second straight year the Andrews Labor Government has delivered an unprecedented investment in our schools,  including $1.1 billion towards school infrastructure.” Quotes attributable to Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke “Our students deserve the best and we are working with schools to provide every opportunity we can to ensure that local kids have a bright future.” Quotes attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny  “Principal Brad Clarke, staff and students at Belvedere Park are working hard for a positive, supportive and proud school culture – helping to achieve great outcomes and pathways for all students at this wonderful school.”  Download the Media Release (334 kB)

Building The Education State In Frankston And Carrum

Students in Frankston and Carrum were big winners in Victorian Budget 2016/17 and will now enjoy the facilities they deserve thanks to an unprecedented investment in Victorian schools. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Frankston schools with Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke to meet staff and students, and discuss plans following the funding injection. This included a tour of Mahogany Rise Primary, which was awarded $200,000 from the $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund in the Budget and a visit to Derinya Primary. Mr Merlino also visited Belvedere Park Primary with Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny which was awarded $45,000 from the Fund. This year’s Budget provides an unprecedented $1.1 billion investment in school infrastructure, including a $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund which is designed to build school and community pride. Construction planning will also be underway at Seaford North Primary which will share in the Budget’s $12 million school planning fund. Belvedere Park Primary also received a funding boost this year with $328,944 in equity funding, an increase of $156,448 compared to last year. Mahogany Rise Primary School is receiving $474,062 in equity funding in 2016, up $155,892 compared with 2015, and Derinya Primary School received $17,633, up from nothing last year. As part of Education Week, Victorian students at hundreds of schools and early childhood centres will open their doors to the community to showcase how they are helping Victorian children reach their potential, focusing on this year’s theme technology. For more information visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/edweek.aspx Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “For the second straight year the Andrews Labor Government has delivered an unprecedented investment in our schools,  including $1.1 billion towards school infrastructure.” Quotes attributable to Member for Frankston Paul Edbrooke “Our students deserve the best and we are working with schools to provide every opportunity we can to ensure that local kids have a bright future.” Quotes attributable to Member for Carrum Sonya Kilkenny  “Principal Brad Clarke, staff and students at Belvedere Park are working hard for a positive, supportive and proud school culture – helping to achieve great outcomes and pathways for all students at this wonderful school.”  Download the Media Release (334 kB)

Keeping Victorian Teenagers In School

The Andrews Labor Government is working to keep more students in school right across Victoria with the launch of the new $8.6 million pilot program Navigator. Navigator will help meet the key Education State target of halving the proportion of students leaving school early from years 9 to 12 over the next 10 years. Minister for Education James Merlino today also announced the eight successful lead community organisations that will provide support to young people aged 12 to 17 years old who have not attended school for more than one term – as part of Navigator. The community organisations that will deliver Navigator in these pilot areas will also work collaboratively with schools and other support services and networks: Mallee – Northern Mallee LLEN and Murray Mallee LLEN Hume Moreland – Jesuit Social Services Southern Melbourne – South East LLEN Bayside Peninsula – Mission Australia Ovens Murray – Junction Support Services Goulburn – The Bridge Central Highlands – Berry Street Western Melbourne – Anglicare Victoria Navigator will be independently evaluated and will build on our understanding of the most effective ways to get young people back involved in education. It is part of a suite of services aimed at helping more Victorian students stay involved in education and training: The $7.9 million re-designed School Focused Youth Service to help schools to work with 10-18 year olds at risk of leaving school The $14 million Reconnect: Engagement and Learning Support Program, to support selected Registered Training Organisations to help 15-24 year olds move in to further education, training or employment The $13.2 million Lookout Education Support Centres to help around 6000 vulnerable children and young people in out-of-home care achieve their potential through education and training Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “It’s a tragedy that each and every year, around 10,000 young people completely drop out of education – this affects the rest of their lives.” “Navigator will support students who are disengaged from school and also help us develop effective tools that will get these kids back into the education system.” Download the Media Release (343 kB)

Keeping Victorian Teenagers In School

The Andrews Labor Government is working to keep more students in school right across Victoria with the launch of the new $8.6 million pilot program Navigator. Navigator will help meet the key Education State target of halving the proportion of students leaving school early from years 9 to 12 over the next 10 years. Minister for Education James Merlino today also announced the eight successful lead community organisations that will provide support to young people aged 12 to 17 years old who have not attended school for more than one term – as part of Navigator. The community organisations that will deliver Navigator in these pilot areas will also work collaboratively with schools and other support services and networks: Mallee – Northern Mallee LLEN and Murray Mallee LLEN Hume Moreland – Jesuit Social Services Southern Melbourne – South East LLEN Bayside Peninsula – Mission Australia Ovens Murray – Junction Support Services Goulburn – The Bridge Central Highlands – Berry Street Western Melbourne – Anglicare Victoria Navigator will be independently evaluated and will build on our understanding of the most effective ways to get young people back involved in education. It is part of a suite of services aimed at helping more Victorian students stay involved in education and training: The $7.9 million re-designed School Focused Youth Service to help schools to work with 10-18 year olds at risk of leaving school The $14 million Reconnect: Engagement and Learning Support Program, to support selected Registered Training Organisations to help 15-24 year olds move in to further education, training or employment The $13.2 million Lookout Education Support Centres to help around 6000 vulnerable children and young people in out-of-home care achieve their potential through education and training Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “It’s a tragedy that each and every year, around 10,000 young people completely drop out of education – this affects the rest of their lives.” “Navigator will support students who are disengaged from school and also help us develop effective tools that will get these kids back into the education system.” Download the Media Release (343 kB)

Schools Get In Tune With New Instruments

Victorian schools have received grants of up to $5000 under Round One of the Musical Instrument Grants program. Minister for Education, James Merlino today announced the 43 schools to receive grants that will purchase more than 270 pieces of musical equipment. Instruments that will be purchased with the grants include 24 pianos and keyboards, 34 guitars, 14 drum kits, 13 ukuleles, 8 amplifiers, 7 xylophones, 6 glockenspiels and a range of classical instruments including two flutes, a violin, a cello, a trumpet and a trombone. They will also be used to buy African, Koorie, and Tibetan instruments as well as up-to-date electronic music equipment including 8 amplifiers, 3 PA systems, 5 mixers, speakers, iPads and computer software. The grants are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $2 million Music in Schools program, which will also provide professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools can establish quality music programs. The second round of grants will be available in 2017. Research shows that music study is good for brain development as well improving reasoning ability, communication skills and attention levels. The scheme contributes toward meeting the Education State target of more students reaching the highest levels of achievements in the arts. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Research shows exposure to music education results in better results and better attendance.” “That’s why on top of providing more than 270 instruments to schools that need them, we are also bringing music lessons to every Victorian school so no child misses out.” Quotes attributable to Music Ambassador and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “Learning, practising and playing music is a wonderful way for students to develop new skills and confidence.”  “I know first-hand the incredible fun and benefit of musical education and I’m really looking forward to seeing more students get into the groove with new instruments and equipment.”  160511 – Schools Get In Tune With New Instruments Attachment Download the Media Release (330 kB)

Schools Get In Tune With New Instruments

Victorian schools have received grants of up to $5000 under Round One of the Musical Instrument Grants program. Minister for Education, James Merlino today announced the 43 schools to receive grants that will purchase more than 270 pieces of musical equipment. Instruments that will be purchased with the grants include 24 pianos and keyboards, 34 guitars, 14 drum kits, 13 ukuleles, 8 amplifiers, 7 xylophones, 6 glockenspiels and a range of classical instruments including two flutes, a violin, a cello, a trumpet and a trombone. They will also be used to buy African, Koorie, and Tibetan instruments as well as up-to-date electronic music equipment including 8 amplifiers, 3 PA systems, 5 mixers, speakers, iPads and computer software. The grants are part of the Andrews Labor Government’s $2 million Music in Schools program, which will also provide professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so that schools can establish quality music programs. The second round of grants will be available in 2017. Research shows that music study is good for brain development as well improving reasoning ability, communication skills and attention levels. The scheme contributes toward meeting the Education State target of more students reaching the highest levels of achievements in the arts. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Research shows exposure to music education results in better results and better attendance.” “That’s why on top of providing more than 270 instruments to schools that need them, we are also bringing music lessons to every Victorian school so no child misses out.” Quotes attributable to Music Ambassador and Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing “Learning, practising and playing music is a wonderful way for students to develop new skills and confidence.”  “I know first-hand the incredible fun and benefit of musical education and I’m really looking forward to seeing more students get into the groove with new instruments and equipment.”  160511 – Schools Get In Tune With New Instruments Attachment Download the Media Release (330 kB)

A Big Boost For STEM, Music And School Infrastructure

Schools in the Central Goldfields will receive a big boost with more support announced for students studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and music, as well as important upgrades for school infrastructure. At an event at Maryborough Education Centre, Minister for Education James Merlino announced that the school is one of 30 across the state that will benefit from the Secondary STEM Catalysts program. This initiative will see 60 teachers at 30 schools across Victoria trained to lead, encourage and mentor other teachers in high impact STEM education for Years 7 and 8 students. Mr Merlino also announced that the Centre and Timor Primary School, which he also visited, were among 43 schools to receive $5000 grants as part of the Music in School program. The Music in Schools program provides professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so schools can establish quality music programs. The second round of grants will be available in 2017. At Timor Primary School, Mr Merlino officially announced the school had received $90,000 as part of the School Pride Fund in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, which invested a record $1.1 billion in school infrastructure. The Andrews Labor Government has made significant investments in the Maryborough Education Precinct which received $250,000 last year to complete landscaping work. It also received a funding boost earlier this year when it received $2,043,616 in equity funding, a boost of $987,149 compared to last year. Timor Primary School received $108,687, an increase of $62,611 from 2015. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are making Victoria the Education State, and part of that is making sure we equip our young people with the skills they need – and we know that they will include science, technology, engineering and maths.” “These specially trained teachers will spark a love of STEM subjects which are vital to our state’s future. They are part of a $30 million package that will change the way schools teach these subjects.” “The Maryborough Education Precinct and Timor Primary School are great examples of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential.”   Download the Media Release (331 kB)

A Big Boost For STEM, Music And School Infrastructure

Schools in the Central Goldfields will receive a big boost with more support announced for students studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and music, as well as important upgrades for school infrastructure. At an event at Maryborough Education Centre, Minister for Education James Merlino announced that the school is one of 30 across the state that will benefit from the Secondary STEM Catalysts program. This initiative will see 60 teachers at 30 schools across Victoria trained to lead, encourage and mentor other teachers in high impact STEM education for Years 7 and 8 students. Mr Merlino also announced that the Centre and Timor Primary School, which he also visited, were among 43 schools to receive $5000 grants as part of the Music in School program. The Music in Schools program provides professional training for hundreds of Victorian teachers so schools can establish quality music programs. The second round of grants will be available in 2017. At Timor Primary School, Mr Merlino officially announced the school had received $90,000 as part of the School Pride Fund in the Victorian Budget 2016/17, which invested a record $1.1 billion in school infrastructure. The Andrews Labor Government has made significant investments in the Maryborough Education Precinct which received $250,000 last year to complete landscaping work. It also received a funding boost earlier this year when it received $2,043,616 in equity funding, a boost of $987,149 compared to last year. Timor Primary School received $108,687, an increase of $62,611 from 2015. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are making Victoria the Education State, and part of that is making sure we equip our young people with the skills they need – and we know that they will include science, technology, engineering and maths.” “These specially trained teachers will spark a love of STEM subjects which are vital to our state’s future. They are part of a $30 million package that will change the way schools teach these subjects.” “The Maryborough Education Precinct and Timor Primary School are great examples of how Victorian children are being supported to reach their full potential.”   Download the Media Release (331 kB)

More Support For Students Seeking Work Placements

A new website will provide information about Structured Workplace Learning placements, helping Victorian students find work opportunities. Minister for Education James Merlino today launched the new Structured Workplace Learning portal that will provide vital support to students, helping them take the first step towards their future careers. At an event at Mooroolbark College today, Mr Merlino said the new funding will help around 7500 students prepare for work each year. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provides $17.85 million in funding over the next four years, after which the program will receive ongoing funding of $5.1 million a year. As well as the new website, the funding will provide locally based, third-party facilitators to help students find appropriate placements. Mooroolbark College received a funding boost earlier this year when it received $476,496 in equity funding, up from nothing last year. The Budget also provides $2.4 million for modernisation works at nearby Mooroolbark East primary School. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “For the second straight year the Andrews Labor Government has delivered a record investment in our schools. This includes $1.1bn for school infrastructure, another important step towards building the Education State.” “Part of making Victoria the Education State is helping young people get ready for work and that is why we are revamping the workplace placement program so it better supports around 7,500 students a year.” “This new website means schools and students can get information about potential work placements whenever they need it.” Download the Media Release (330 kB)

More Support For Students Seeking Work Placements

A new website will provide information about Structured Workplace Learning placements, helping Victorian students find work opportunities. Minister for Education James Merlino today launched the new Structured Workplace Learning portal that will provide vital support to students, helping them take the first step towards their future careers. At an event at Mooroolbark College today, Mr Merlino said the new funding will help around 7500 students prepare for work each year. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provides $17.85 million in funding over the next four years, after which the program will receive ongoing funding of $5.1 million a year. As well as the new website, the funding will provide locally based, third-party facilitators to help students find appropriate placements. Mooroolbark College received a funding boost earlier this year when it received $476,496 in equity funding, up from nothing last year. The Budget also provides $2.4 million for modernisation works at nearby Mooroolbark East primary School. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “For the second straight year the Andrews Labor Government has delivered a record investment in our schools. This includes $1.1bn for school infrastructure, another important step towards building the Education State.” “Part of making Victoria the Education State is helping young people get ready for work and that is why we are revamping the workplace placement program so it better supports around 7,500 students a year.” “This new website means schools and students can get information about potential work placements whenever they need it.” Download the Media Release (330 kB)

 

Turnbull Is Walking Away From Victorian Schools

Last night’s Federal Budget was a bitter pill to swallow for Victorian students and their families. At my request, the Department of Education has undertaken an analysis to outline the impact of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to education announced in this Budget, including its shameful decision to walk away from the Gonski agreement. That analysis shows Victorian schools will be almost $1 billion worse off in 2018 and 2019, and every single year beyond that. Victorians won’t be fooled: a slight increase to indexation with absolutely no additional needs based funding is a broken promise. The measly amount of money put on the table for schools also has strings attached, with conditions like performance pay for teachers that the Andrews Labor Government will not support – because evidence shows it simply does not work. In addition they have also cut funding to school chaplains, 4 year-old kinder and made further cuts to skills and training. The  analysis has broken down the impact of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to individual Victorian schools, for example: Northern Bay P-12 – up to $4.1 million worse off Dandenong High School – up to $3.3 million worse off Ballarat Specialist School – up to $1.8 million worse off Bendigo Senior Secondary – up to $1.7 million worse off Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party are short-changing Victorian students by walking away from Gonski. It doesn’t matter which way the Liberal Party tries to spin it, there can be no innovation without a strong school system.   Download the Media Release (257 kB)

Turnbull Is Walking Away From Victorian Schools

Last night’s Federal Budget was a bitter pill to swallow for Victorian students and their families. At my request, the Department of Education has undertaken an analysis to outline the impact of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to education announced in this Budget, including its shameful decision to walk away from the Gonski agreement. That analysis shows Victorian schools will be almost $1 billion worse off in 2018 and 2019, and every single year beyond that. Victorians won’t be fooled: a slight increase to indexation with absolutely no additional needs based funding is a broken promise. The measly amount of money put on the table for schools also has strings attached, with conditions like performance pay for teachers that the Andrews Labor Government will not support – because evidence shows it simply does not work. In addition they have also cut funding to school chaplains, 4 year-old kinder and made further cuts to skills and training. The  analysis has broken down the impact of the Turnbull Government’s cuts to individual Victorian schools, for example: Northern Bay P-12 – up to $4.1 million worse off Dandenong High School – up to $3.3 million worse off Ballarat Specialist School – up to $1.8 million worse off Bendigo Senior Secondary – up to $1.7 million worse off Malcolm Turnbull and the Liberal Party are short-changing Victorian students by walking away from Gonski. It doesn’t matter which way the Liberal Party tries to spin it, there can be no innovation without a strong school system.   Download the Media Release (257 kB)

Applications Open For Doctors In Secondary Schools

Students at 100 Victorian government secondary schools will have regular access to a doctor and the healthcare they need. Minister for Education James Merlino today invited almost 200 secondary schools across Victoria to apply to participate in the Doctors in Secondary Schools program, which will commence from the start of 2017. The program will be targeted at schools facing disadvantage and specific health concerns, including mental health and wellbeing. Students will be able to get referrals to specialists and get the help they need before it affects their studies. Through the program, participating schools will partner with local doctors, who will visit the schools for up to one day a week. The program is based on Wellington Secondary College’s ‘Wellbeing Centre’, where a local doctor attends the school one day a week and bulk bills students using their own Medicare cards. To be selected eligible secondary schools will need to demonstrate a need for the service and an ability to build local partnerships with their community. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provided $43.8 million for Doctors in Secondary Schools, which allows students to make appointments with a doctor located on school grounds. Under the program $25.8 million will go to recruiting and training GPs as well as staffing and operational costs, while a further $18 million will build examination rooms on school grounds. Doctors in Secondary Schools will make an invaluable contribution towards achieving the Education State targets of ‘happy, healthy and resilient kids’ by improving access to health services for young people. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “It can be hard for some kids to access healthcare for all sorts of reasons, so we’re making sure they get the help they need.” “A health issue can get in the way of a student’s ability to learn and a doctor on school grounds will mean they can get help sooner.  Happy, healthy students do better in school.” Quotes attributable to Doctors in Secondary Schools Ambassador and Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mary-Anne Thomas “This program brings healthcare to those young people who need it most.” “Building a relationship with a local GP is important for all young people, our program means kids from disadvantaged areas won’t miss out.” Download the Media Release (331 kB)

Applications Open For Doctors In Secondary Schools

Students at 100 Victorian government secondary schools will have regular access to a doctor and the healthcare they need. Minister for Education James Merlino today invited almost 200 secondary schools across Victoria to apply to participate in the Doctors in Secondary Schools program, which will commence from the start of 2017. The program will be targeted at schools facing disadvantage and specific health concerns, including mental health and wellbeing. Students will be able to get referrals to specialists and get the help they need before it affects their studies. Through the program, participating schools will partner with local doctors, who will visit the schools for up to one day a week. The program is based on Wellington Secondary College’s ‘Wellbeing Centre’, where a local doctor attends the school one day a week and bulk bills students using their own Medicare cards. To be selected eligible secondary schools will need to demonstrate a need for the service and an ability to build local partnerships with their community. The Victorian Budget 2016/17 provided $43.8 million for Doctors in Secondary Schools, which allows students to make appointments with a doctor located on school grounds. Under the program $25.8 million will go to recruiting and training GPs as well as staffing and operational costs, while a further $18 million will build examination rooms on school grounds. Doctors in Secondary Schools will make an invaluable contribution towards achieving the Education State targets of ‘happy, healthy and resilient kids’ by improving access to health services for young people. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “It can be hard for some kids to access healthcare for all sorts of reasons, so we’re making sure they get the help they need.” “A health issue can get in the way of a student’s ability to learn and a doctor on school grounds will mean they can get help sooner.  Happy, healthy students do better in school.” Quotes attributable to Doctors in Secondary Schools Ambassador and Parliamentary Secretary for Health Mary-Anne Thomas “This program brings healthcare to those young people who need it most.” “Building a relationship with a local GP is important for all young people, our program means kids from disadvantaged areas won’t miss out.” Download the Media Release (331 kB)

PROTECTING THE HELMETED HONEYEATER

The Helmeted Honeyeater are big winners in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 with $400,000 to help protect and grow populations of Victoria’s bird emblem. The funding will be used to purchase land for new habitat.   The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Group have explored several suitable land sites that are ideally suited to support and nurture the species’ small but growing population. Helmeted Honeyeaters, endemic to Victoria, have been quietly making a comeback from near-extinction in Melbourne's eastern outskirts through a decades-long program of initiatives to protect habitat and boost population numbers. Last year the Andrews Labor Government released 18 captive-bred birds into the wild, the largest such release in Victoria’s history, and also provided $175,000 for the Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Program to extend a supplementary feeding program. The feeding program has been crucial in allowing the birds to fight back from near-extinction and is a major reason for the recent upswing in numbers, which are currently in excess of 150 and represent the biggest known population in decades. DELWP and Zoos Victoria work closely with other government agencies, the local community and groups such as Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater, to help bring Victoria's threatened bird emblem back from the brink of extinction. The Honeyeater, (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix) is listed as threatened species in Victoria under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee (FFG) Act. The funding is part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17 which provides $33.3 million over four years to tackle weeds and pests and for targeted on-ground actions to protect Victoria's threatened species. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “We are helping to protect this iconic species and this investment will help further boost numbers of Victoria’s bird emblem, the Helmeted Honeyeater.” “The hard work of volunteers, staff at DELWP and the efforts from organisations like Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater mean this species enjoys a bigger population today than we’ve seen in decades.”

PROTECTING THE HELMETED HONEYEATER

The Helmeted Honeyeater are big winners in the Victorian Budget 2016/17 with $400,000 to help protect and grow populations of Victoria’s bird emblem. The funding will be used to purchase land for new habitat.   The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Group have explored several suitable land sites that are ideally suited to support and nurture the species’ small but growing population. Helmeted Honeyeaters, endemic to Victoria, have been quietly making a comeback from near-extinction in Melbourne's eastern outskirts through a decades-long program of initiatives to protect habitat and boost population numbers. Last year the Andrews Labor Government released 18 captive-bred birds into the wild, the largest such release in Victoria’s history, and also provided $175,000 for the Helmeted Honeyeater Recovery Program to extend a supplementary feeding program. The feeding program has been crucial in allowing the birds to fight back from near-extinction and is a major reason for the recent upswing in numbers, which are currently in excess of 150 and represent the biggest known population in decades. DELWP and Zoos Victoria work closely with other government agencies, the local community and groups such as Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater, to help bring Victoria's threatened bird emblem back from the brink of extinction. The Honeyeater, (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix) is listed as threatened species in Victoria under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee (FFG) Act. The funding is part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17 which provides $33.3 million over four years to tackle weeds and pests and for targeted on-ground actions to protect Victoria's threatened species. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “We are helping to protect this iconic species and this investment will help further boost numbers of Victoria’s bird emblem, the Helmeted Honeyeater.” “The hard work of volunteers, staff at DELWP and the efforts from organisations like Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater mean this species enjoys a bigger population today than we’ve seen in decades.”

Planning Work To Begin At Valkstone Primary School

Planning will now get underway at Valkstone Primary School following the announcement that it is one of 35 schools to share in a $12 million school planning fund. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today visited Valkstone Primary School in Bentleigh East to meet students and staff, and discuss plans for upgrading the school’s buildings. Altogether, the Victorian Budget 2016/17 invests a record $1.1 billion in school infrastructure. $287.4 million of this is to plan, acquire land for and build 23 new schools. $375 million will go to upgrading 147 schools across the state, including 20 specialist schools. It also includes $200 million to maintain schools. Quotes attributable to Education Minister James Merlino “I know the community has grand plans for Valkstone Primary School, this is the first step towards an exciting future.” “I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the planning work, and working with the school and families to ensure Valkstone Primary School goes from strength to strength.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos “It has been a pleasure working with the Valkstone community to get planning for Stage Two of the school rebuild underway.” “Valkstone is a growing school and its students deserve the best possible learning environment Download the Media Release (330 kB)

Planning Work To Begin At Valkstone Primary School

Planning will now get underway at Valkstone Primary School following the announcement that it is one of 35 schools to share in a $12 million school planning fund. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos today visited Valkstone Primary School in Bentleigh East to meet students and staff, and discuss plans for upgrading the school’s buildings. Altogether, the Victorian Budget 2016/17 invests a record $1.1 billion in school infrastructure. $287.4 million of this is to plan, acquire land for and build 23 new schools. $375 million will go to upgrading 147 schools across the state, including 20 specialist schools. It also includes $200 million to maintain schools. Quotes attributable to Education Minister James Merlino “I know the community has grand plans for Valkstone Primary School, this is the first step towards an exciting future.” “I look forward to seeing the outcomes of the planning work, and working with the school and families to ensure Valkstone Primary School goes from strength to strength.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos “It has been a pleasure working with the Valkstone community to get planning for Stage Two of the school rebuild underway.” “Valkstone is a growing school and its students deserve the best possible learning environment Download the Media Release (330 kB)

Celebrating Sister Acts At The Premier’s VCE Awards

The Premier’s VCE Awards were a sister act this year, with hearing-impaired sisters and guitar-strumming identical twins recognised for their outstanding achievements. A total of 289 Victorian students received 312 awards across 83 subjects today, including 283 Study Awards, 26 Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Awards and three Top International Student Awards. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino presented the awards to the high-achieving students at a special ceremony today. The winners included sisters Olivia and Anabelle who are being recognised for perfect scores in Auslan, and twins Yasmin and Yolanda who are being recognised for perfect scores in music. Olivia and Anabelle, aged 17 and 18, are hearing-impaired students who studied Auslan at night school at the Victorian College for the Deaf with ambitions to become an occupational therapist and graphic designer. Yasmin and Yolanda are identical 18-year-old twins who completed music studies at Wallan Secondary College, and have been performing together since the age of 5 including being contestants on X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent and Young Talent Time. The Top All-Round VCE High Achiever awards recognise those students who achieved study scores of 46 or higher (out of a possible 50) in five or more VCE subjects, while Study Awards recognise the very best performers in individual VCE subjects. The top three international students were also recognised. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian has the opportunity for a great education. This means ensuring every community has access to great schools, teachers and principals are supported to be their best, and every student experiences the chance to succeed in both learning and in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity to thrive – like those recognised today.” “These students deserve to be immensely proud of their achievement, I would also like to acknowledge the invaluable support provided by their parents, teachers and friends.” “The 26 All-Round Award recipients exemplify the importance of a balanced approach to life and study – many have pursued a range of interests together with their studies including music, sport and fundraising.” “These well-rounded students are terrific role models and show what Victorian students can achieve.” Download the Media Release (285 kB)

Celebrating Sister Acts At The Premier’s VCE Awards

The Premier’s VCE Awards were a sister act this year, with hearing-impaired sisters and guitar-strumming identical twins recognised for their outstanding achievements. A total of 289 Victorian students received 312 awards across 83 subjects today, including 283 Study Awards, 26 Top All-Round VCE High Achiever Awards and three Top International Student Awards. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino presented the awards to the high-achieving students at a special ceremony today. The winners included sisters Olivia and Anabelle who are being recognised for perfect scores in Auslan, and twins Yasmin and Yolanda who are being recognised for perfect scores in music. Olivia and Anabelle, aged 17 and 18, are hearing-impaired students who studied Auslan at night school at the Victorian College for the Deaf with ambitions to become an occupational therapist and graphic designer. Yasmin and Yolanda are identical 18-year-old twins who completed music studies at Wallan Secondary College, and have been performing together since the age of 5 including being contestants on X Factor, Australia’s Got Talent and Young Talent Time. The Top All-Round VCE High Achiever awards recognise those students who achieved study scores of 46 or higher (out of a possible 50) in five or more VCE subjects, while Study Awards recognise the very best performers in individual VCE subjects. The top three international students were also recognised. The Andrews Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian has the opportunity for a great education. This means ensuring every community has access to great schools, teachers and principals are supported to be their best, and every student experiences the chance to succeed in both learning and in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are building the Education State so that every Victorian gets the opportunity to thrive – like those recognised today.” “These students deserve to be immensely proud of their achievement, I would also like to acknowledge the invaluable support provided by their parents, teachers and friends.” “The 26 All-Round Award recipients exemplify the importance of a balanced approach to life and study – many have pursued a range of interests together with their studies including music, sport and fundraising.” “These well-rounded students are terrific role models and show what Victorian students can achieve.” Download the Media Release (285 kB)

Building Blitz To Upgrade Schools, Help Students, And Create Jobs

New buildings, new upgrades and entirely new schools will be delivered under the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Budget 2016/17. Education is the cornerstone to ensuring every Victorian child can meet their potential. Our kids can’t get a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms. That’s why the Budget invests over $924 million to build new schools and upgrade classrooms – the largest ever single investment by a Victorian government in school infrastructure. This building blitz will take place across our state, in the inner city, in outer-suburban growth areas, and in regional Victoria, where all secondary schools assessed as being in the worst condition will be upgraded to meet modern standards. The Victorian School Building Authority will be established to deliver this construction boom that will not just benefit students, but also create jobs for construction workers and local tradies. The Education Package includes: $287 million to acquire land to build or complete 23 new schools, many in Melbourne’s growth areas, where they are needed most $92 million to establish 10 cutting-edge Tech Schools at TAFEs and universities across Victoria, including four in regional Victoria, because every child should have the chance to get the skills they need for the jobs they want, wherever they live. $68.5 million to upgrade 20 specialist schools in the poorest condition, including a $10 million boost to the Inclusive Schools Fund for students with a disability, because every child deserves the same opportunities no matter their background or circumstances $63.6 million for more modern relocatable classrooms to ease the pressure on growing Victorian schools $50 million for the new Shared Facilities Fund to help more schools become thriving community hubs $28 million to continue removing asbestos from school buildings $16 million for the new School Pride and Sports Fund to help strengthen community pride in schools and build sporting facilities for students $12 million to plan upgrades at 35 existing schools to accommodate growth and update old facilities. The Government is also spending $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities. This means an additional $1.1 billion is being spent to build, upgrade and maintain Victorian schools in this Budget. The Andrews Labor Government has delivered more for schools in our first two budgets than the previous Liberal Government did in four. Quotes from Minister for Education James Merlino “Our kids can’t get a first-rate education in second-rate class rooms. This funding goes to fixing the schools most in need – particularly those in regional Victoria.” “Victoria is growing, and we need to start planning the schools of the future now. This is an outstanding Budget for students and will create jobs for local tradies.” “We’re not just talking about making Victoria the Education State, we’re getting it done.” Download the Media Release (376 kB)

Building Blitz To Upgrade Schools, Help Students, And Create Jobs

New buildings, new upgrades and entirely new schools will be delivered under the Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Budget 2016/17. Education is the cornerstone to ensuring every Victorian child can meet their potential. Our kids can’t get a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms. That’s why the Budget invests over $924 million to build new schools and upgrade classrooms – the largest ever single investment by a Victorian government in school infrastructure. This building blitz will take place across our state, in the inner city, in outer-suburban growth areas, and in regional Victoria, where all secondary schools assessed as being in the worst condition will be upgraded to meet modern standards. The Victorian School Building Authority will be established to deliver this construction boom that will not just benefit students, but also create jobs for construction workers and local tradies. The Education Package includes: $287 million to acquire land to build or complete 23 new schools, many in Melbourne’s growth areas, where they are needed most $92 million to establish 10 cutting-edge Tech Schools at TAFEs and universities across Victoria, including four in regional Victoria, because every child should have the chance to get the skills they need for the jobs they want, wherever they live. $68.5 million to upgrade 20 specialist schools in the poorest condition, including a $10 million boost to the Inclusive Schools Fund for students with a disability, because every child deserves the same opportunities no matter their background or circumstances $63.6 million for more modern relocatable classrooms to ease the pressure on growing Victorian schools $50 million for the new Shared Facilities Fund to help more schools become thriving community hubs $28 million to continue removing asbestos from school buildings $16 million for the new School Pride and Sports Fund to help strengthen community pride in schools and build sporting facilities for students $12 million to plan upgrades at 35 existing schools to accommodate growth and update old facilities. The Government is also spending $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities. This means an additional $1.1 billion is being spent to build, upgrade and maintain Victorian schools in this Budget. The Andrews Labor Government has delivered more for schools in our first two budgets than the previous Liberal Government did in four. Quotes from Minister for Education James Merlino “Our kids can’t get a first-rate education in second-rate class rooms. This funding goes to fixing the schools most in need – particularly those in regional Victoria.” “Victoria is growing, and we need to start planning the schools of the future now. This is an outstanding Budget for students and will create jobs for local tradies.” “We’re not just talking about making Victoria the Education State, we’re getting it done.” Download the Media Release (376 kB)

Rural And Regional Schools Finally Get The Funding They Deserve

The  Andrews Labor Government is ending the neglect of secondary schools in regional and rural Victoria. As part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17, every single secondary school classified as being in the worst condition will receive funding for a much needed upgrade. Across regional and rural Victoria 61 projects will receive funding for upgrades, planning and land acquisition to finally give students the modern facilities they deserve. The Budget invests over $200 million in regional schools, including: $151 million for modernising, upgrading, and regenerating 39 schools, including Red Cliffs Secondary College, Drouin Secondary College, Brauer Secondary College, Broadford Secondary College, and Mansfield Secondary College Planning for a further six schools, including Baimbridge College and Wonthaggi Secondary College 15 other regional schools will receive a share of the $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund, including Natimuk Primary School, Harston Primary School, and Undera Primary School Land acquisition in Armstrong Creek for a new primary school in the future In addition to the 61 school projects funded in this Budget, hundreds more schools will receive help through special maintenance funding, Inclusive School grants, asbestos removal, Shared Facilities Grants or the Doctors in Schools program. The Labor Government is delivering $924 million to build and upgrade schools – the largest ever single investment by a Victorian government in school infrastructure. The Government is also spending $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities across the state. This means an additional $1.1 billion is being spent to build, upgrade and maintain Victorian schools in this Budget. Projects will be delivered by the new Victorian School Building Authority, which will manage this billion dollar education and construction investment. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This education Budget will bring the secondary schools in regional and rural Victoria that need it most up to the standard their students deserve.” “Students can’t be expected to do well if their classrooms are falling apart. This funding will fix the schools most in need.” “We are getting on with making Victoria the Education State, delivering more school funding in our first two Budgets than the previous four Budgets of the former Liberal government combined.” Download the Media Release (374 kB)

Rural And Regional Schools Finally Get The Funding They Deserve

The  Andrews Labor Government is ending the neglect of secondary schools in regional and rural Victoria. As part of the Victorian Budget 2016/17, every single secondary school classified as being in the worst condition will receive funding for a much needed upgrade. Across regional and rural Victoria 61 projects will receive funding for upgrades, planning and land acquisition to finally give students the modern facilities they deserve. The Budget invests over $200 million in regional schools, including: $151 million for modernising, upgrading, and regenerating 39 schools, including Red Cliffs Secondary College, Drouin Secondary College, Brauer Secondary College, Broadford Secondary College, and Mansfield Secondary College Planning for a further six schools, including Baimbridge College and Wonthaggi Secondary College 15 other regional schools will receive a share of the $16 million School Pride and Sports Fund, including Natimuk Primary School, Harston Primary School, and Undera Primary School Land acquisition in Armstrong Creek for a new primary school in the future In addition to the 61 school projects funded in this Budget, hundreds more schools will receive help through special maintenance funding, Inclusive School grants, asbestos removal, Shared Facilities Grants or the Doctors in Schools program. The Labor Government is delivering $924 million to build and upgrade schools – the largest ever single investment by a Victorian government in school infrastructure. The Government is also spending $200 million to better maintain existing school facilities across the state. This means an additional $1.1 billion is being spent to build, upgrade and maintain Victorian schools in this Budget. Projects will be delivered by the new Victorian School Building Authority, which will manage this billion dollar education and construction investment. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This education Budget will bring the secondary schools in regional and rural Victoria that need it most up to the standard their students deserve.” “Students can’t be expected to do well if their classrooms are falling apart. This funding will fix the schools most in need.” “We are getting on with making Victoria the Education State, delivering more school funding in our first two Budgets than the previous four Budgets of the former Liberal government combined.” Download the Media Release (374 kB)

Students, Teachers And Specialist Schools Get An Overdue Boost In Support

The students who need it most are getting extra support, teachers are getting more training, and students with special needs are finally getting the opportunities they deserve, as part the Victorian Budget 2016-17. All students, no matter their background or circumstances, are entitled to have every chance to fulfil their potential. It’s the responsibility of every fair government to ensure support is provided where it’s needed most. That’s why the Budget includes more assistance for students with special needs, additional support for vocational training, and more teacher training. It also provides funding to roll out the Doctors in Secondary Schools program to ensure that students get the healthcare they need. The education funding measures include: $87.3 million to support an extra 1750 students who are expected to be eligible for the Program for Students with Disability in 2017, and to increase the number of speech pathologists, language programs and language screener tools for students with autism and dyslexia. It will also help students with disabilities travelling between home and school, including the replacement of up to 56 older buses $43.8 million for the Doctors in Secondary School program so that students can get the healthcare they need at school if and when required $21.3 million to support vocational education and training to prepare students for their future careers $9.3 million over two years to provide the latest digital education software for secondary students and teachers, covering both school computers and devices brought to school by students $35.7 million for English as an Additional Language (EAL) services to ensure that around 64,000 Victorian students get the most out of their education $4 million towards Community Language Schools who provide after-hours language education to students across Victoria $2.5 million to expand education programs for approximately 9000 refugee and asylum seeker students and their parents $1.5 million towards the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, putting fresh produce and healthy eating on the table for Victorian students Too many students with disabilities and learning difficulties, including dyslexia and autism, still face being left out or left behind. Making Victoria the Education State means helping all kids achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are making Victoria the Education State by upgrading classrooms, investing in our teachers and making sure every student has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.” “All Victorian students should have access to a quality education, no matter their background or circumstances.” Download the Media Release (374 kB)

Students, Teachers And Specialist Schools Get An Overdue Boost In Support

The students who need it most are getting extra support, teachers are getting more training, and students with special needs are finally getting the opportunities they deserve, as part the Victorian Budget 2016-17. All students, no matter their background or circumstances, are entitled to have every chance to fulfil their potential. It’s the responsibility of every fair government to ensure support is provided where it’s needed most. That’s why the Budget includes more assistance for students with special needs, additional support for vocational training, and more teacher training. It also provides funding to roll out the Doctors in Secondary Schools program to ensure that students get the healthcare they need. The education funding measures include: $87.3 million to support an extra 1750 students who are expected to be eligible for the Program for Students with Disability in 2017, and to increase the number of speech pathologists, language programs and language screener tools for students with autism and dyslexia. It will also help students with disabilities travelling between home and school, including the replacement of up to 56 older buses $43.8 million for the Doctors in Secondary School program so that students can get the healthcare they need at school if and when required $21.3 million to support vocational education and training to prepare students for their future careers $9.3 million over two years to provide the latest digital education software for secondary students and teachers, covering both school computers and devices brought to school by students $35.7 million for English as an Additional Language (EAL) services to ensure that around 64,000 Victorian students get the most out of their education $4 million towards Community Language Schools who provide after-hours language education to students across Victoria $2.5 million to expand education programs for approximately 9000 refugee and asylum seeker students and their parents $1.5 million towards the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, putting fresh produce and healthy eating on the table for Victorian students Too many students with disabilities and learning difficulties, including dyslexia and autism, still face being left out or left behind. Making Victoria the Education State means helping all kids achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are making Victoria the Education State by upgrading classrooms, investing in our teachers and making sure every student has the opportunity to fulfil their potential.” “All Victorian students should have access to a quality education, no matter their background or circumstances.” Download the Media Release (374 kB)