• State Member for Monbulk, Deputy Premier, Minister for Education, Minister for Emergency Services

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  • MEDIA RELEASE A BIGGER, BETTER PINKS RESERVE FOR THE OUTER EAST

    Families in the outer east will be able to rely on outstanding local sporting facilities, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver $10.5 million towards the redevelopment of Pinks Reserve in Kilsyth. Pinks Reserve is one of the most well-loved and popular sporting precincts in the region – but despite record levels of participation, the facilities are struggling to keep up. The massive upgrade from a re-elected Labor Government will improve the reserve’s basketball, football, cricket, softball, netball, badminton, table tennis and recreational facilities.

  • MORE HOSPITAL AND AGED CARE BEDS FOR MELBOURNE’S EAST

    Families in Melbourne’s outer-east will be able to access better hospital and aged care services close to home with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive expansion of the Angliss Hospital at Ferntree Gully. Premier Daniel Andrews today unveiled the $20 million new intensive care unit, second short-stay unit, refurbished paediatric area and new mental health spaces in the emergency department, promised and delivered by Labor.

  • MORE TRAIN STATION CAR PARKING FOR MOOROOLBARK COMMUTERS

    It will be easier for local commuters to find a car park with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to build more car parking at Mooroolbark Station. Whether it’s building more car parking or removing dangerous and congested level crossings, only Labor will make it safer and easier for locals in Melbourne’s east to get where they need to go. We promised to remove the level crossings at Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road in Bayswater to allow more trains to run and stop drivers from getting stuck at the boom gates, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. There’s more to do and only Labor will build up to 450 new and upgraded car parks at Mooroolbark as part of Labor’s $150 million Car parks for Commuters Fund.

  • AWARD WINNING GARDEN TO BE RE-CREATED IN OLINDA

    Families across Victoria will be able to enjoy upgraded botanic gardens with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a $5 million boost to ensure they have the facilities they need. The funding will mean gardens, picnic facilities, trails and nature play areas can be upgraded to ensure the gardens can cater to both visitors and local communities. The centrepiece of the upgrade package will be $1 million towards a re-creation of the ‘the Australian Garden’ exhibit, which was the first and only Australian garden exhibit to win the Best in Show Gold Medal at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London in 2013.

  • AWARD WINNING GARDEN TO BE RE-CREATED IN OLINDA

    Families across Victoria will be able to enjoy upgraded botanic gardens with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a $5 million boost to ensure they have the facilities they need. The funding will mean gardens, picnic facilities, trails and nature play areas can be upgraded to ensure the gardens can cater to both visitors and local communities. The centrepiece of the upgrade package will be $1 million towards a re-creation of the ‘the Australian Garden’ exhibit, which was the first and only Australian garden exhibit to win the Best in Show Gold Medal at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London in 2013.

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AN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT MAROONDAH KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES CAN COUNT ON

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will build a new emergency department devoted to children and their families at Maroondah Hospital - giving parents peace of mind that their kids will get calm, compassionate and dedicated care when they need it most. There’s nothing quite as scary as when your child is sick or injured – and there’s nothing more reassuring than knowing they’re in the best hands. Victoria is home to the world’s very best doctors and paediatric specialists – and they deserve first class facilities to match. But with more than 200,000 Victorian kids presenting at emergency departments last year, there’s more to do. That’s why Labor will build a dedicated flagship kids’ emergency department at Maroondah Hospital as well as at Frankston, Casey, Barwon Health and Northern hospitals. The $62.4 million investment will reconfigure or expand existing emergency departments, so that kids and their parents have their own dedicated space and staff when they need it most. It’s all about providing the very best tailored care that kids and their parents can count on. Kids' emergency departments are all about making sure than when children go to hospital, they can be treated in a more welcoming, kid friendly and less clinical environment, making the experience that little bit easier to manage. To give our kids the best care, we’ve made the flu shot free for kids under five – going it alone because the Morrison Liberal Government refuses to fund it. More children than ever are now protected, with rates of flu plummeting this winter thanks to our investments. We’ve also made landmark investments in genomic testing for rare conditions, so that parents and clinicians desperate for answers can diagnose our sickest kids, faster. The Liberals went to war with our paramedics and left our sickest patients waiting for an ambulance. Given the chance, they’ll do it again, taking an axe to health, and cutting, closing and privatising, because that’s what they do. Only Labor will build the health system and hospitals families can trust when they need it most. Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “As a parent, I know there’s nothing more terrifying than when your child gets sick. Our hospitals do a great job, but tailored emergency departments will make sure kids get the best care – and only Labor will build them.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “The Liberals cut a billion dollars from health when they were last in office, putting the lives of our loved ones at risk. Only Labor will provide world-class healthcare that families in Melbourne’s east can count on.” Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “We’ll make sure kids get the quick, dedicated care they need so that they, and their parents, feel better, sooner.” Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Ringwood Dustin Halse “This is Labor getting it done for families in Melbourne’s east. While the Liberals cut, we’re giving patients the healthcare system that they deserve.”

AN EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT MAROONDAH KIDS AND THEIR FAMILIES CAN COUNT ON

A re-elected Andrews Labor Government will build a new emergency department devoted to children and their families at Maroondah Hospital - giving parents peace of mind that their kids will get calm, compassionate and dedicated care when they need it most. There’s nothing quite as scary as when your child is sick or injured – and there’s nothing more reassuring than knowing they’re in the best hands. Victoria is home to the world’s very best doctors and paediatric specialists – and they deserve first class facilities to match. But with more than 200,000 Victorian kids presenting at emergency departments last year, there’s more to do. That’s why Labor will build a dedicated flagship kids’ emergency department at Maroondah Hospital as well as at Frankston, Casey, Barwon Health and Northern hospitals. The $62.4 million investment will reconfigure or expand existing emergency departments, so that kids and their parents have their own dedicated space and staff when they need it most. It’s all about providing the very best tailored care that kids and their parents can count on. Kids' emergency departments are all about making sure than when children go to hospital, they can be treated in a more welcoming, kid friendly and less clinical environment, making the experience that little bit easier to manage. To give our kids the best care, we’ve made the flu shot free for kids under five – going it alone because the Morrison Liberal Government refuses to fund it. More children than ever are now protected, with rates of flu plummeting this winter thanks to our investments. We’ve also made landmark investments in genomic testing for rare conditions, so that parents and clinicians desperate for answers can diagnose our sickest kids, faster. The Liberals went to war with our paramedics and left our sickest patients waiting for an ambulance. Given the chance, they’ll do it again, taking an axe to health, and cutting, closing and privatising, because that’s what they do. Only Labor will build the health system and hospitals families can trust when they need it most. Quote attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “As a parent, I know there’s nothing more terrifying than when your child gets sick. Our hospitals do a great job, but tailored emergency departments will make sure kids get the best care – and only Labor will build them.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “The Liberals cut a billion dollars from health when they were last in office, putting the lives of our loved ones at risk. Only Labor will provide world-class healthcare that families in Melbourne’s east can count on.” Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “We’ll make sure kids get the quick, dedicated care they need so that they, and their parents, feel better, sooner.” Quote attributable to Labor Candidate for Ringwood Dustin Halse “This is Labor getting it done for families in Melbourne’s east. While the Liberals cut, we’re giving patients the healthcare system that they deserve.”

AWARD WINNING GARDEN TO BE RE-CREATED IN OLINDA

Families across Victoria will be able to enjoy upgraded botanic gardens with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a $5 million boost to ensure they have the facilities they need. The funding will mean gardens, picnic facilities, trails and nature play areas can be upgraded to ensure the gardens can cater to both visitors and local communities. The centrepiece of the upgrade package will be $1 million towards a re-creation of the ‘the Australian Garden’ exhibit, which was the first and only Australian garden exhibit to win the Best in Show Gold Medal at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London in 2013. Incredibly, this victory is the only time in the show’s more than 100-year history that the judges reached a unanimous decision for the Best in Show Gold Medal The construction of the garden at the event took a team of 18 volunteers 17 days to build and featured a stone gorge, running waterfalls and a billabong. Fittingly, the garden will be located at Victoria’s newest botanic gardens, the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, to honour the work of designer Phillip Johnson and horticulturist Wes Fleming, who are local residents. Philanthropic support will also be provided to make the project a reality. The rest of the botanic gardens funding package will be allocated to various botanic gardens across the state via matched $300,000 grants. Funding will only be provided to organisations that have not-for-profit objectives. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Upgrading botanic gardens right across the state means Victorians of all ages will be able to enjoy these wonderful community assets.” “These gardens are the living heart of Victoria and we’re making sure they thrive for future generations.” Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “Winning this best in show gold medal was an extraordinary achievement on the world stage. This will give everyone the opportunity to see the work of these highly talented and skilled individuals.” “Now, we will have a permanent display so both local residents and visitors to the Dandenong Ranges can enjoy this wonderful garden.” DOWNLOAD THE MEDIA RELEASE

AWARD WINNING GARDEN TO BE RE-CREATED IN OLINDA

Families across Victoria will be able to enjoy upgraded botanic gardens with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a $5 million boost to ensure they have the facilities they need. The funding will mean gardens, picnic facilities, trails and nature play areas can be upgraded to ensure the gardens can cater to both visitors and local communities. The centrepiece of the upgrade package will be $1 million towards a re-creation of the ‘the Australian Garden’ exhibit, which was the first and only Australian garden exhibit to win the Best in Show Gold Medal at the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show in London in 2013. Incredibly, this victory is the only time in the show’s more than 100-year history that the judges reached a unanimous decision for the Best in Show Gold Medal The construction of the garden at the event took a team of 18 volunteers 17 days to build and featured a stone gorge, running waterfalls and a billabong. Fittingly, the garden will be located at Victoria’s newest botanic gardens, the Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, to honour the work of designer Phillip Johnson and horticulturist Wes Fleming, who are local residents. Philanthropic support will also be provided to make the project a reality. The rest of the botanic gardens funding package will be allocated to various botanic gardens across the state via matched $300,000 grants. Funding will only be provided to organisations that have not-for-profit objectives. Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “Upgrading botanic gardens right across the state means Victorians of all ages will be able to enjoy these wonderful community assets.” “These gardens are the living heart of Victoria and we’re making sure they thrive for future generations.” Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “Winning this best in show gold medal was an extraordinary achievement on the world stage. This will give everyone the opportunity to see the work of these highly talented and skilled individuals.” “Now, we will have a permanent display so both local residents and visitors to the Dandenong Ranges can enjoy this wonderful garden.” DOWNLOAD THE MEDIA RELEASE

Giving South Morang Students More Options For School

South Morang students will be able to complete their entire secondary education at the same school, with the Andrews Labor Government to expand The Lakes South Morang P-9 School. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the school would be expanded into a P-12 college. Students at the school currently transfer to one of the surrounding secondary schools at the end of Year 9. The provision of Years 10 to 12 will give local students more options at an important time in their schooling. The Lakes South Morang P-9 has room for senior students to stay on, however the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian School Building Authority will work with the school to see what facilities it needs to deliver a first-rate education for Year 10-12 students. The expansion will be rolled out progressively, with the school to start providing Year 10 in 2020. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion in new schools and upgrades to existing schools around the state to cater for the estimated 90,000 students expected to enter Victoria’s school system over the next five years. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “We are making Victoria the Education State so that every young person has the opportunity to get a good education and reach their full potential.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Expanding The Lakes South Morang P-9 to include Years 10, 11 and 12 gives senior students the extra option of staying on to complete their schooling.”  “Local families have been wanting this change so their kids can start and finish their secondary education at the same school, and the Labor Government is delivering it.”       Download the Media Release (591 KB)

Giving South Morang Students More Options For School

South Morang students will be able to complete their entire secondary education at the same school, with the Andrews Labor Government to expand The Lakes South Morang P-9 School. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the school would be expanded into a P-12 college. Students at the school currently transfer to one of the surrounding secondary schools at the end of Year 9. The provision of Years 10 to 12 will give local students more options at an important time in their schooling. The Lakes South Morang P-9 has room for senior students to stay on, however the Department of Education and Training and the Victorian School Building Authority will work with the school to see what facilities it needs to deliver a first-rate education for Year 10-12 students. The expansion will be rolled out progressively, with the school to start providing Year 10 in 2020. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion in new schools and upgrades to existing schools around the state to cater for the estimated 90,000 students expected to enter Victoria’s school system over the next five years. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “We are making Victoria the Education State so that every young person has the opportunity to get a good education and reach their full potential.”  Quotes attributable to Member for Mill Park Lily D’Ambrosio “Expanding The Lakes South Morang P-9 to include Years 10, 11 and 12 gives senior students the extra option of staying on to complete their schooling.”  “Local families have been wanting this change so their kids can start and finish their secondary education at the same school, and the Labor Government is delivering it.”       Download the Media Release (591 KB)

MORE TRAIN STATION CAR PARKING FOR MOOROOLBARK COMMUTERS

It will be easier for local commuters to find a car park with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to build more car parking at Mooroolbark Station. Whether it’s building more car parking or removing dangerous and congested level crossings, only Labor will make it safer and easier for locals in Melbourne’s east to get where they need to go. We promised to remove the level crossings at Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road in Bayswater to allow more trains to run and stop drivers from getting stuck at the boom gates, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. There’s more to do and only Labor will build up to 450 new and upgraded car parks at Mooroolbark as part of Labor’s $150 million Car parks for Commuters Fund. Mooroolbark station’s existing car park is often full by the morning peak, forcing commuters to park elsewhere – clogging up nearby local streets. This investment will aim to double the spaces at Mooroolbark with a deck to be built on the existing car park with works to be incorporated into the Manchester Road, Mooroolbark level crossing removal. Delivering these new car parks will free up parking in neighbouring streets and make it easier for more locals to catch the train. The projects will also include new lighting and CCTV to make the stations safer. Labor’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund will see 11,000 new and upgraded car parks being built at some of our busiest metropolitan and regional train stations. With around 55,000 station spaces currently across the state, the investment will see a 20 per cent bump in available parking. The additional 11,000 spaces are on top of the close to 10,000 new and upgraded spaces built by the Andrews Labor Government over the past four years, and expected to create and support over 400 jobs. While the former Liberal Government failed to invest in our state’s growing suburbs cutting funding for schools, hospitals, road and rail – only Labor can be trusted to deliver the big projects local communities really need. Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “Whether it’s removing level crossings, delivering better bus routes or building new car parks, only Labor will get Victorians home safer and sooner.” Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “I have been campaigning strongly to upgrade car parking at Mooroolbark Station and only Labor will deliver more spaces and upgrade lighting and CCTV to make the station safer.” “Demand for parking in Monbulk is growing each week – that’s why a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver up to 450 car parks, freeing up local streets and making it easier to commute.” DOWNLOAD THE MEDIA RELEASE

MORE TRAIN STATION CAR PARKING FOR MOOROOLBARK COMMUTERS

It will be easier for local commuters to find a car park with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to build more car parking at Mooroolbark Station. Whether it’s building more car parking or removing dangerous and congested level crossings, only Labor will make it safer and easier for locals in Melbourne’s east to get where they need to go. We promised to remove the level crossings at Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road in Bayswater to allow more trains to run and stop drivers from getting stuck at the boom gates, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. There’s more to do and only Labor will build up to 450 new and upgraded car parks at Mooroolbark as part of Labor’s $150 million Car parks for Commuters Fund. Mooroolbark station’s existing car park is often full by the morning peak, forcing commuters to park elsewhere – clogging up nearby local streets. This investment will aim to double the spaces at Mooroolbark with a deck to be built on the existing car park with works to be incorporated into the Manchester Road, Mooroolbark level crossing removal. Delivering these new car parks will free up parking in neighbouring streets and make it easier for more locals to catch the train. The projects will also include new lighting and CCTV to make the stations safer. Labor’s Car Parks for Commuters Fund will see 11,000 new and upgraded car parks being built at some of our busiest metropolitan and regional train stations. With around 55,000 station spaces currently across the state, the investment will see a 20 per cent bump in available parking. The additional 11,000 spaces are on top of the close to 10,000 new and upgraded spaces built by the Andrews Labor Government over the past four years, and expected to create and support over 400 jobs. While the former Liberal Government failed to invest in our state’s growing suburbs cutting funding for schools, hospitals, road and rail – only Labor can be trusted to deliver the big projects local communities really need. Quote attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan “Whether it’s removing level crossings, delivering better bus routes or building new car parks, only Labor will get Victorians home safer and sooner.” Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “I have been campaigning strongly to upgrade car parking at Mooroolbark Station and only Labor will deliver more spaces and upgrade lighting and CCTV to make the station safer.” “Demand for parking in Monbulk is growing each week – that’s why a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver up to 450 car parks, freeing up local streets and making it easier to commute.” DOWNLOAD THE MEDIA RELEASE

Giving Regional Students More Options In Their VCE

The Andrews Labor Government will ensure every VCE subject is available to rural and regional students as part of a major expansion of virtual learning and a new collaboration fund to support schools working together. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a $22.6 million investment to provide students in rural and regional areas a greater choice of subjects, through new online and face-to-face learning options. This includes partnering with Distance Education Centre Victoria, the Victorian Virtual Learning Network and the Victorian School of Languages to expand and improve virtual learning Along with grants to support and enable collaboration between schools, this initiative will mean every student will be able to access every VCE subject – regardless of where they live or go to school. Teachers will be able to deliver classes to students in multiple schools at the same time using technologies such as video conferencing, instant messaging, chat rooms and virtual whiteboards. Through this innovative way of learning, students can interact and connect in real-time with teachers and other students outside of their school in these virtual classrooms. The delivery of new VCE virtual subjects will start from the first semester next year, with all new subjects to be progressively rolled out by the end of 2021. Distance Education Centre Victoria will be renamed Virtual School Victoria, reflecting its future focus. The funding will be used for the design and delivery of new subjects, resources to support student learning and to explore whether VET VCE studies could also be expanded virtually. A learning course will also be designed to help prepare regional and rural students for virtual learning before they enrol in VCE online study. A new VCE Collaboration Fund will also create interschool partnerships between regional schools so they can offer more for students. The fund will support more than 100 schools to create shared teaching arrangements and resources to increase the number of VCE subjects available in partner schools. These will be delivered collaboratively, either face-to-face or virtually. The Labor Government is building the Education State, which is about providing all students access to a world-class education system no matter where they live. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “For the first time, country students will have the access to the same range of VCE subjects as city students.” “Selecting VCE subjects is a big decision and all students should be able to choose what’s right for them, regardless of where they live.” Download the Media Release (564 KB)

Giving Regional Students More Options In Their VCE

The Andrews Labor Government will ensure every VCE subject is available to rural and regional students as part of a major expansion of virtual learning and a new collaboration fund to support schools working together. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a $22.6 million investment to provide students in rural and regional areas a greater choice of subjects, through new online and face-to-face learning options. This includes partnering with Distance Education Centre Victoria, the Victorian Virtual Learning Network and the Victorian School of Languages to expand and improve virtual learning Along with grants to support and enable collaboration between schools, this initiative will mean every student will be able to access every VCE subject – regardless of where they live or go to school. Teachers will be able to deliver classes to students in multiple schools at the same time using technologies such as video conferencing, instant messaging, chat rooms and virtual whiteboards. Through this innovative way of learning, students can interact and connect in real-time with teachers and other students outside of their school in these virtual classrooms. The delivery of new VCE virtual subjects will start from the first semester next year, with all new subjects to be progressively rolled out by the end of 2021. Distance Education Centre Victoria will be renamed Virtual School Victoria, reflecting its future focus. The funding will be used for the design and delivery of new subjects, resources to support student learning and to explore whether VET VCE studies could also be expanded virtually. A learning course will also be designed to help prepare regional and rural students for virtual learning before they enrol in VCE online study. A new VCE Collaboration Fund will also create interschool partnerships between regional schools so they can offer more for students. The fund will support more than 100 schools to create shared teaching arrangements and resources to increase the number of VCE subjects available in partner schools. These will be delivered collaboratively, either face-to-face or virtually. The Labor Government is building the Education State, which is about providing all students access to a world-class education system no matter where they live. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “For the first time, country students will have the access to the same range of VCE subjects as city students.” “Selecting VCE subjects is a big decision and all students should be able to choose what’s right for them, regardless of where they live.” Download the Media Release (564 KB)

Melba College Science Building And Stadium Takes Shape

Students in Melbourne’s outer east are a step closer to having the first-rate sports, science and arts facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today visited Melba College in Croydon to turn the sod on Stage 2 of its rebuild, including construction of a new basketball stadium and cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) building. The new stadium will include four indoor competition-grade courts, referee rooms and change rooms and is being built in partnership with Kilsyth Basketball. Students will be able to use the courts during school hours and Kilsyth Basketball will have access outside of school hours. The rebuild also includes a new STEAM building to deliver a modern education for students using state-of-the-art facilities. The Labor Government is delivering $13.7 million for the new stadium and school rebuild, including $1.5 million through its Shared Facilities Fund and $1.17 million through Sport and Recreation Victoria. Kilsyth Basketball is providing $2 million towards the new stadium. Melba College is being completely rebuilt, including bringing the junior and senior campuses together on one site and upgrading the school’s facilities. It received $17.9 million for Stage 1 of the upgrade in the Victorian Budget 2016-17. New facilities completed earlier this year include three double-storey buildings that will provide space for growing enrolments, new flexible modern learning spaces, admin offices, library and cafeteria. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and education, and has invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This exciting school rebuild will give Melba College teachers the modern facilities they need to deliver the 21st century education students deserve.” “Melba College’s new basketball stadium will not only provide fantastic sporting facilities for students but also allow the school to be used by the wider community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “This is a growing community – and parents deserve to know their kids will have a great local school.” “Not only will we help Melba College to expand and grow – we’ll invest in new sports facilities to benefit the entire community.” Download the Media Release (573 KB)

Melba College Science Building And Stadium Takes Shape

Students in Melbourne’s outer east are a step closer to having the first-rate sports, science and arts facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane today visited Melba College in Croydon to turn the sod on Stage 2 of its rebuild, including construction of a new basketball stadium and cutting-edge science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) building. The new stadium will include four indoor competition-grade courts, referee rooms and change rooms and is being built in partnership with Kilsyth Basketball. Students will be able to use the courts during school hours and Kilsyth Basketball will have access outside of school hours. The rebuild also includes a new STEAM building to deliver a modern education for students using state-of-the-art facilities. The Labor Government is delivering $13.7 million for the new stadium and school rebuild, including $1.5 million through its Shared Facilities Fund and $1.17 million through Sport and Recreation Victoria. Kilsyth Basketball is providing $2 million towards the new stadium. Melba College is being completely rebuilt, including bringing the junior and senior campuses together on one site and upgrading the school’s facilities. It received $17.9 million for Stage 1 of the upgrade in the Victorian Budget 2016-17. New facilities completed earlier this year include three double-storey buildings that will provide space for growing enrolments, new flexible modern learning spaces, admin offices, library and cafeteria. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and education, and has invested more than $3.8 billion to improve classrooms, upgrade facilities and build new schools across the state. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This exciting school rebuild will give Melba College teachers the modern facilities they need to deliver the 21st century education students deserve.” “Melba College’s new basketball stadium will not only provide fantastic sporting facilities for students but also allow the school to be used by the wider community.” Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Shaun Leane “This is a growing community – and parents deserve to know their kids will have a great local school.” “Not only will we help Melba College to expand and grow – we’ll invest in new sports facilities to benefit the entire community.” Download the Media Release (573 KB)

DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR MONBULK

Monbulk families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to Monbulk College. Labor will invest $9.3 million for the final major stage of the school’s masterplan, which includes a brand new STEM and trades building and a new home economics building. This builds on the $19.1 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the school. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. In contrast, the Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system. Given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live, every student deserves to have a great school and a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” “I know Monbulk College is a fantastic local school and this investment will finish what we started. With this investment, we will give students and staff the facilities they deserve.” DOWNLOAD THE MEDIA RELEASE

DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR MONBULK

Monbulk families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to Monbulk College. Labor will invest $9.3 million for the final major stage of the school’s masterplan, which includes a brand new STEM and trades building and a new home economics building. This builds on the $19.1 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the school. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system, leaving schools to crumble and decay across the state. In contrast, the Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system. Given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live, every student deserves to have a great school and a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” “I know Monbulk College is a fantastic local school and this investment will finish what we started. With this investment, we will give students and staff the facilities they deserve.” DOWNLOAD THE MEDIA RELEASE

Giving Kyneton Students A Great Local School

Students in Kyneton now have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, with the official opening of the new Kyneton Primary School. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Macedon Mary Anne Thomas today joined local students on a tour of the new $11.5 million primary school. The school comprises of three buildings, playgrounds and outdoor spaces. It includes flexible classrooms, specialist learning facilities for physical education, music, art, a multipurpose room, canteen and kitchen, as well as outdoor learning areas. Classrooms have been designed to accommodate single or multi-year learning, which will give the school community the ability to cater for changing enrolment figures and teaching methods. The school’s design has been developed with the philosophy that all areas, including outdoor facilities, are potential learning spaces. Located on a 3.5-hectare site close to the existing Kyneton Secondary College, the new school is part of the Kyneton Education Precinct which brings together the area’s educational facilities – with early years to VCE established in one place. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes Attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student in Victoria deserves access to a great local school because we know that you can’t get a first-rate education in third rate classrooms.” “For too long students and teachers at Kyneton Primary School were stuck using substandard facilities – and we have now built this great local school that the local community deserves.” Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary Anne Thomas “It’s terrific to see first-hand what students at Kyneton Primary School will get out of their modern and state-of-the art facilities.” Download the Media Release (674 KB)

Giving Kyneton Students A Great Local School

Students in Kyneton now have access to the first-rate classrooms and facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, with the official opening of the new Kyneton Primary School. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Macedon Mary Anne Thomas today joined local students on a tour of the new $11.5 million primary school. The school comprises of three buildings, playgrounds and outdoor spaces. It includes flexible classrooms, specialist learning facilities for physical education, music, art, a multipurpose room, canteen and kitchen, as well as outdoor learning areas. Classrooms have been designed to accommodate single or multi-year learning, which will give the school community the ability to cater for changing enrolment figures and teaching methods. The school’s design has been developed with the philosophy that all areas, including outdoor facilities, are potential learning spaces. Located on a 3.5-hectare site close to the existing Kyneton Secondary College, the new school is part of the Kyneton Education Precinct which brings together the area’s educational facilities – with early years to VCE established in one place. This school building boom has delivered more than 1,300 school upgrades and 70 new school projects across the state, supporting more than 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. Quotes Attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Every student in Victoria deserves access to a great local school because we know that you can’t get a first-rate education in third rate classrooms.” “For too long students and teachers at Kyneton Primary School were stuck using substandard facilities – and we have now built this great local school that the local community deserves.” Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary Anne Thomas “It’s terrific to see first-hand what students at Kyneton Primary School will get out of their modern and state-of-the art facilities.” Download the Media Release (674 KB)

 

Giving Kyneton Students The Best Facilities And Skills To Work

Students in Kyneton will soon be able to finish high school with an apprenticeship or traineeship, ready for work in high demand and high growth industries thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Macedon Mary Anne Thomas MP today visited Kyneton Secondary College to officially open the first part of the school’s $10.9 million-dollar upgrade of Building 2, including flexible learning environments for Years 7 and 8. During his visit, Mr Merlino also announced that the school would receive funding under the Labor Government’s new Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships initiative. Kyneton Secondary College has a strong record of supporting students through vocational education and has 137 students enrolled in VET across a range of subjects including kitchen operations, building and construction, engineering studies, business and creative industries. Head Start will deliver up to 1,700 new apprenticeships and traineeships at over 100 secondary schools across Victoria, including at Kyneton Secondary College and other schools in the North Central Victoria Head Start group from next year – giving local students more support to study an apprenticeship or traineeship at school. Students can stay at school an extra year to finish their VCAL, VCE and their apprenticeships while spending more time doing important, paid, on the job training. Schools will get additional support and funding to help run Head Start. This includes a school-based Head Start coordinator to help deliver the initiative, providing employment and vocational pathway advice and one-on-one support to students. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 provided $49.8 million to deliver Head Start, alongside $109 million to overhaul secondary school career education and $26 million to enhance vocational education in schools. Head Start will provide apprenticeships targeted at priority industries and traditional trades like construction, defence and health, with enterprise apprenticeships and traineeships to be developed that target high technology areas needed for the jobs of tomorrow, like coding. The Labor Government’s Education State is making sure all students are supported to get a great education, stay in school and learn the skills they need for the future. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This fantastic initiative will give more students in North Central Victoria the support and skills they need to succeed in their chosen career and in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary Anne Thomas MP “We want all young Victorians who are learning a trade to be qualified and ready to work in areas where there are real job opportunities.” Download the Media Release (582 KB)

Giving Kyneton Students The Best Facilities And Skills To Work

Students in Kyneton will soon be able to finish high school with an apprenticeship or traineeship, ready for work in high demand and high growth industries thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Macedon Mary Anne Thomas MP today visited Kyneton Secondary College to officially open the first part of the school’s $10.9 million-dollar upgrade of Building 2, including flexible learning environments for Years 7 and 8. During his visit, Mr Merlino also announced that the school would receive funding under the Labor Government’s new Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships initiative. Kyneton Secondary College has a strong record of supporting students through vocational education and has 137 students enrolled in VET across a range of subjects including kitchen operations, building and construction, engineering studies, business and creative industries. Head Start will deliver up to 1,700 new apprenticeships and traineeships at over 100 secondary schools across Victoria, including at Kyneton Secondary College and other schools in the North Central Victoria Head Start group from next year – giving local students more support to study an apprenticeship or traineeship at school. Students can stay at school an extra year to finish their VCAL, VCE and their apprenticeships while spending more time doing important, paid, on the job training. Schools will get additional support and funding to help run Head Start. This includes a school-based Head Start coordinator to help deliver the initiative, providing employment and vocational pathway advice and one-on-one support to students. The Victorian Budget 2018/19 provided $49.8 million to deliver Head Start, alongside $109 million to overhaul secondary school career education and $26 million to enhance vocational education in schools. Head Start will provide apprenticeships targeted at priority industries and traditional trades like construction, defence and health, with enterprise apprenticeships and traineeships to be developed that target high technology areas needed for the jobs of tomorrow, like coding. The Labor Government’s Education State is making sure all students are supported to get a great education, stay in school and learn the skills they need for the future. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This fantastic initiative will give more students in North Central Victoria the support and skills they need to succeed in their chosen career and in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Macedon Mary Anne Thomas MP “We want all young Victorians who are learning a trade to be qualified and ready to work in areas where there are real job opportunities.” Download the Media Release (582 KB)

More Teachers And New Literacy And Numeracy Standards

Hundreds of new expert teachers will help lift Victorian students’ literacy and numeracy standards, as part of the biggest overhaul of the VCE and VCAL in decades. The Andrews Labor Government will introduce new literacy and numeracy standards that will be reported as part of VCE and VCAL results.  Victoria is currently the only state not to explicitly include or plan to include literacy and numeracy standards as part of its senior secondary reporting. As part of these reforms, and to ensure that struggling students get the targeted support they need to meet these standards, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $187 million to provide direct, individual support and tuition for those students that need it the most. This is the single biggest investment in individualised support in the state’s history, giving students every opportunity to complete their secondary school with the literacy and numeracy skills they need to succeed.   The funding will provide 700 expertly trained teachers over the next four years, who will lead their colleagues in improving literacy and numeracy training in all government secondary school classrooms. The change follows the Minister for Education James Merlino’s referral of this matter to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority to investigate options for changes to the VCE and VCAL. After a thorough investigation, the VCAA found there is value in explicitly reporting senior secondary students’ literacy and numeracy attainment levels as part of their VCE and VCAL certification. It has been long called for by employers and will help ensure all of our kids are ready to enter the workforce with the foundational skills they need to succeed. From 2021, students completing VCE or VCAL will, as part of their General Achievement Test results, receive information about whether they have demonstrated or exceeded the literacy and numeracy standards typically expected of those entering the workforce from school. The GAT, which is already completed by students studying a Unit 3/4 VCE subject, will be modified to include explicit assessments of common reading, writing and numeracy standards for both VCE and VCAL students. Students that perform below national minimum standards in Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN will receive individualised support delivered by expertly trained teachers. Importantly, under an Andrews Labor Government, this support will begin in 2019 to ensure all students will receive the individual support they need before the changes to the Year 12 reporting come into effect in 2021. This new reporting and support will help employers, who have been calling for simple and clear indicators on the job readiness of young people. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We don’t want a situation where a student is completing their schooling without being able to meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards. This is a change that has been called for by employers for some time, and with this additional support we will give every student the opportunity to be job ready.” “Only Labor will increase support for students to ensure they have the help they need and are ready to meet the challenges of working in the 21st century.” Download the Media Release (646 KB)

More Teachers And New Literacy And Numeracy Standards

Hundreds of new expert teachers will help lift Victorian students’ literacy and numeracy standards, as part of the biggest overhaul of the VCE and VCAL in decades. The Andrews Labor Government will introduce new literacy and numeracy standards that will be reported as part of VCE and VCAL results.  Victoria is currently the only state not to explicitly include or plan to include literacy and numeracy standards as part of its senior secondary reporting. As part of these reforms, and to ensure that struggling students get the targeted support they need to meet these standards, the Andrews Labor Government will invest $187 million to provide direct, individual support and tuition for those students that need it the most. This is the single biggest investment in individualised support in the state’s history, giving students every opportunity to complete their secondary school with the literacy and numeracy skills they need to succeed.   The funding will provide 700 expertly trained teachers over the next four years, who will lead their colleagues in improving literacy and numeracy training in all government secondary school classrooms. The change follows the Minister for Education James Merlino’s referral of this matter to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority to investigate options for changes to the VCE and VCAL. After a thorough investigation, the VCAA found there is value in explicitly reporting senior secondary students’ literacy and numeracy attainment levels as part of their VCE and VCAL certification. It has been long called for by employers and will help ensure all of our kids are ready to enter the workforce with the foundational skills they need to succeed. From 2021, students completing VCE or VCAL will, as part of their General Achievement Test results, receive information about whether they have demonstrated or exceeded the literacy and numeracy standards typically expected of those entering the workforce from school. The GAT, which is already completed by students studying a Unit 3/4 VCE subject, will be modified to include explicit assessments of common reading, writing and numeracy standards for both VCE and VCAL students. Students that perform below national minimum standards in Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN will receive individualised support delivered by expertly trained teachers. Importantly, under an Andrews Labor Government, this support will begin in 2019 to ensure all students will receive the individual support they need before the changes to the Year 12 reporting come into effect in 2021. This new reporting and support will help employers, who have been calling for simple and clear indicators on the job readiness of young people. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We don’t want a situation where a student is completing their schooling without being able to meet minimum literacy and numeracy standards. This is a change that has been called for by employers for some time, and with this additional support we will give every student the opportunity to be job ready.” “Only Labor will increase support for students to ensure they have the help they need and are ready to meet the challenges of working in the 21st century.” Download the Media Release (646 KB)

DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR UPWEY

Upwey families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a further upgrade to Upwey High School. Labor will invest $2.7 million to transform the school’s tired facilities into the modern learning environments students and staff need to achieve their best. This builds on the $24 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the school. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only a re-elected Labor Government will deliver that for kids in Upwey. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system and left schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It has also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education and Member for Monbulk James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” “Upwey High School is a great local school and only Labor will deliver this massive upgrade to give students and staff the state of the art facilities they need to achieve their best.” DOWNLOAD THE MEDIA RELEASE

DELIVERING A GREAT LOCAL SCHOOL FOR UPWEY

Upwey families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a further upgrade to Upwey High School. Labor will invest $2.7 million to transform the school’s tired facilities into the modern learning environments students and staff need to achieve their best. This builds on the $24 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the school. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only a re-elected Labor Government will deliver that for kids in Upwey. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system and left schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It has also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education and Member for Monbulk James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” “Upwey High School is a great local school and only Labor will deliver this massive upgrade to give students and staff the state of the art facilities they need to achieve their best.” DOWNLOAD THE MEDIA RELEASE

Tenth Tech School Opens In Bendigo

More than 126,000 students from 160 schools across the state now have access to the latest technology and innovative learning programs, with today’s official opening of the Bendigo Tech School also marking the tenth in Victoria. Minister for Education James Merlino said the new state-of-the-art facility delivers on a key $128 million election commitment to deliver 10 Tech Schools across the state. Located in the new Engineering and Technology Building at La Trobe University’s Flora Hill campus, the Tech School gives 8,500 students from 14 local government, catholic and independent schools access to programs to prepare them for the jobs of the future. All 10 Tech Schools feature purpose-built spaces for students to collaborate and participate in high-level problem solving, using specialised high-tech STEM equipment. Students will use the latest robotics, virtual reality and advanced manufacturing equipment to experiment and deliver projects. For example, Bendigo Tech School boasts the first prototyping waterjet cutter in an Australian education institution. Tech School programs are free to local students and align with local employment needs, including medical and new energy technology, advanced manufacturing, food and fibre, transport and construction. Bendigo students are already getting a taste of the Tech School through pilot programs which were developed in consultation with local schools, community and industry partners and involve students exploring everything from agriculture to healthcare and affordable housing. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including more students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We need students to be ready for the jobs of the future and that’s why we’re investing in Tech Schools – so they can get the hands-on learning with technology they need.” “We promised 10 tech schools and Bendigo is the last to open – more than 126,000 students at 160 schools can access the latest technology and prepare for the jobs of the future.” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards “Bendigo Tech School has been designed in collaboration with local schools, businesses and industries and will help students develop the future skills and experience they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. I was privileged to Chair the Tech School Committee that worked so hard and collaboratively to deliver this new Tech School” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allen “Only Labor delivered a state-of-the-art Tech School in Bendigo to get more local people into jobs and make sure we have great TAFE facilities for the whole community.”   Download the Media Release (573 KB)

Tenth Tech School Opens In Bendigo

More than 126,000 students from 160 schools across the state now have access to the latest technology and innovative learning programs, with today’s official opening of the Bendigo Tech School also marking the tenth in Victoria. Minister for Education James Merlino said the new state-of-the-art facility delivers on a key $128 million election commitment to deliver 10 Tech Schools across the state. Located in the new Engineering and Technology Building at La Trobe University’s Flora Hill campus, the Tech School gives 8,500 students from 14 local government, catholic and independent schools access to programs to prepare them for the jobs of the future. All 10 Tech Schools feature purpose-built spaces for students to collaborate and participate in high-level problem solving, using specialised high-tech STEM equipment. Students will use the latest robotics, virtual reality and advanced manufacturing equipment to experiment and deliver projects. For example, Bendigo Tech School boasts the first prototyping waterjet cutter in an Australian education institution. Tech School programs are free to local students and align with local employment needs, including medical and new energy technology, advanced manufacturing, food and fibre, transport and construction. Bendigo students are already getting a taste of the Tech School through pilot programs which were developed in consultation with local schools, community and industry partners and involve students exploring everything from agriculture to healthcare and affordable housing. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including more students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We need students to be ready for the jobs of the future and that’s why we’re investing in Tech Schools – so they can get the hands-on learning with technology they need.” “We promised 10 tech schools and Bendigo is the last to open – more than 126,000 students at 160 schools can access the latest technology and prepare for the jobs of the future.” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards “Bendigo Tech School has been designed in collaboration with local schools, businesses and industries and will help students develop the future skills and experience they need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. I was privileged to Chair the Tech School Committee that worked so hard and collaboratively to deliver this new Tech School” Quote attributable to Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allen “Only Labor delivered a state-of-the-art Tech School in Bendigo to get more local people into jobs and make sure we have great TAFE facilities for the whole community.”   Download the Media Release (573 KB)

More Support To Make Schools Inclusive For All Students

More schools across Victoria will get a funding boost to build all-access play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Specimen Hill College in Bendigo to announce a further 93 schools across the state will share in $15 million in funding under the Labor Government’s $30 million Inclusive Schools Fund. Specimen Hill Primary School is receiving $200,000 to create an outdoor sensory area where children can play and learn in a natural setting featuring flowing water, timber, plants, textured pebbles and larger boulders, along with a frog pond. The Inclusive Schools Fund is helping government schools better support the social and educational needs of young people with a disability. Since it was established by the Labor Government in 2015, nearly 90 creative projects to build inclusive play spaces, outdoor learning areas, sensory gardens and calm spaces have been delivered. The Inclusive Schools Fund is part of the Government’s Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools, which is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, are able to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools.​ More information about these projects is available at: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is about giving every child, every chance – regardless of their background or circumstances. That’s what this funding will deliver.” “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards “These projects are all about giving our primary schools the equipment and infrastructure they need to inspire a lifelong passion for learning for all of their students and to show that disability isn’t a barrier to learning and achieving.” Download the Media Release (578 KB)

More Support To Make Schools Inclusive For All Students

More schools across Victoria will get a funding boost to build all-access play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Specimen Hill College in Bendigo to announce a further 93 schools across the state will share in $15 million in funding under the Labor Government’s $30 million Inclusive Schools Fund. Specimen Hill Primary School is receiving $200,000 to create an outdoor sensory area where children can play and learn in a natural setting featuring flowing water, timber, plants, textured pebbles and larger boulders, along with a frog pond. The Inclusive Schools Fund is helping government schools better support the social and educational needs of young people with a disability. Since it was established by the Labor Government in 2015, nearly 90 creative projects to build inclusive play spaces, outdoor learning areas, sensory gardens and calm spaces have been delivered. The Inclusive Schools Fund is part of the Government’s Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools, which is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students. Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, are able to fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools.​ More information about these projects is available at: www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This is about giving every child, every chance – regardless of their background or circumstances. That’s what this funding will deliver.” “As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.” Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards “These projects are all about giving our primary schools the equipment and infrastructure they need to inspire a lifelong passion for learning for all of their students and to show that disability isn’t a barrier to learning and achieving.” Download the Media Release (578 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Sebastopol

Sebastopol families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to Phoenix P-12 Community College. Labor will invest $11.7 million to build an additional two new indoor competition grade courts and relocate existing tennis courts. This builds on the $10.7 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the school. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver that for kids in Sebastopol. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system and left schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “Phoenix P-12 Community College is a great local school and only Labor will deliver this massive upgrade to give students and staff the state of the art facilities they need to achieve their best.” Download the Media Release (584 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Sebastopol

Sebastopol families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to Phoenix P-12 Community College. Labor will invest $11.7 million to build an additional two new indoor competition grade courts and relocate existing tennis courts. This builds on the $10.7 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the school. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver that for kids in Sebastopol. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system and left schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “Phoenix P-12 Community College is a great local school and only Labor will deliver this massive upgrade to give students and staff the state of the art facilities they need to achieve their best.” Download the Media Release (584 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Wendouree

Wendouree families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to Mount Rowan Secondary College. Labor will invest $3.5 million to further upgrade school facilities including the gym and music block and a new synthetic court. This builds on the more than $12 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the school. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver that for kids in Wendouree. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system and left schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “Mount Rowan Secondary College is a great local school and only Labor will deliver this massive upgrade to give students and staff the state of the art facilities they need to achieve their best.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Download the Media Release (582 KB)

Delivering A Great Local School For Wendouree

Wendouree families will get the world-class local school their kids deserve, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to deliver a massive upgrade to Mount Rowan Secondary College. Labor will invest $3.5 million to further upgrade school facilities including the gym and music block and a new synthetic court. This builds on the more than $12 million already provided by the Andrews Labor Government to upgrade the school. Every child should have a good local school and the chance to succeed in life, and only a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will deliver that for kids in Wendouree. The Liberals slashed $1 billion out of our education system and left schools to crumble and decay across the state. The Labor Government has invested more than $3.8 billion to build 70 new schools and upgrade 1,300 schools across the state since coming to office in 2014. That means thousands of Victorian kids now go to school every day and learn in new classrooms with better technology and facilities, like new gyms and science labs. It’s also helped create 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians right around our state. A re-elected Labor Government will keep delivering for Victorians with more new schools and upgrades to existing schools across the state. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The Liberals closed schools and cut funding to our education system and given the chance, they’ll do it again.” Quote attributable to Member for Wendouree Sharon Knight “Mount Rowan Secondary College is a great local school and only Labor will deliver this massive upgrade to give students and staff the state of the art facilities they need to achieve their best.” Quote attributable to Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard “No matter where you live in Victoria, every student deserves to have a great school – a re-elected Andrews Labor Government will make sure they do.” Download the Media Release (582 KB)

Delivering More Skills And Training For Casey Students

Students from 21 secondary schools in Casey will now have access to the latest technology and industry linked learning programs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan and Narre Warren South Judith Graley to officially open the state-of-the-art Casey Tech School, the ninth of 10 to open under the Labor Government’s Tech School initiative. Casey Tech School will feature purpose-built spaces for students to collaborate, practice design thinking and participate in high-level problem solving, as well as design spaces where students get hands-on experience using specialised high-tech STEM equipment. The school’s programs will have a special focus on advanced manufacturing, biomedical and allied healthcare technologies and smart and sustainable cities, with students having access to a biomedical laboratory, robotics and a virtual reality laboratory as well as studios for video production and digital media. Designed by Spowers Architects and built by APM Group, the Tech School is located at Chisholm Institute’s Berwick campus and will used extensively by schools and the community. The high-tech, hands-on programs will be offered free to more than 22,000 students from the 21 government, catholic and independent schools and are aligned with industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth, helping kids to learn about the jobs of the future. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino: “Through the Casey Tech School we’re giving students access to the latest technology and a chance to work on solving real-life problems provided by industry.” “The skills students learn here will be the perfect match for the jobs of the future.” Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan “People in Casey deserve access to the best training facilities – we’ll give local students the skills they need to get a good job. Whether it’s making TAFE courses free or transforming local campuses, we’re rebuilding TAFE after years of devastating cuts by the previous Liberal Government.”  Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley “Only Labor will deliver a state-of-the-art Tech School in Casey to get more local people into jobs and make sure we have great TAFE facilities for the whole community.”   Download the Media Release (582 KB)

Delivering More Skills And Training For Casey Students

Students from 21 secondary schools in Casey will now have access to the latest technology and industry linked learning programs, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan and Narre Warren South Judith Graley to officially open the state-of-the-art Casey Tech School, the ninth of 10 to open under the Labor Government’s Tech School initiative. Casey Tech School will feature purpose-built spaces for students to collaborate, practice design thinking and participate in high-level problem solving, as well as design spaces where students get hands-on experience using specialised high-tech STEM equipment. The school’s programs will have a special focus on advanced manufacturing, biomedical and allied healthcare technologies and smart and sustainable cities, with students having access to a biomedical laboratory, robotics and a virtual reality laboratory as well as studios for video production and digital media. Designed by Spowers Architects and built by APM Group, the Tech School is located at Chisholm Institute’s Berwick campus and will used extensively by schools and the community. The high-tech, hands-on programs will be offered free to more than 22,000 students from the 21 government, catholic and independent schools and are aligned with industries predicted to experience economic and employment growth, helping kids to learn about the jobs of the future. Tech Schools are part of the Labor Government’s plan to boost performance in STEM subjects, including a 25 per cent increase in the number of Year 9 students reaching the highest level of achievement in mathematics and 33 per cent more 15-year-olds reaching the highest levels in science. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino: “Through the Casey Tech School we’re giving students access to the latest technology and a chance to work on solving real-life problems provided by industry.” “The skills students learn here will be the perfect match for the jobs of the future.” Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren North Luke Donnellan “People in Casey deserve access to the best training facilities – we’ll give local students the skills they need to get a good job. Whether it’s making TAFE courses free or transforming local campuses, we’re rebuilding TAFE after years of devastating cuts by the previous Liberal Government.”  Quote attributable to Member for Narre Warren South Judith Graley “Only Labor will deliver a state-of-the-art Tech School in Casey to get more local people into jobs and make sure we have great TAFE facilities for the whole community.”   Download the Media Release (582 KB)