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

    As your State Member of Parliament, I am passionate about representing our local community. My office and staff are here to help you and your family. Please feel free to contact my office in Belgrave, or send through an email.

  • DELIVERING FOR MONBULK

    The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Monbulk, with major investments in local schools, roads, health and public transport in the Victorian Budget 2019/20.

  • BELGRAVE LOCALS INVITED TO DROP IN SESSION ON NEW CAR PARK

    Belgrave residents are invited to help shape the design for Belgrave Station’s new multi-deck car park – being delivered by the Andrews Labor Government – at community information sessions on Thursday 13 and Thursday 20 June 2019.

  • FREE TAFE KICKS OFF IN MONBULK

    Students and job seekers from Monbulk can now take up Free TAFE training under the Andrews Labor Government’s $172 million program to make 30 priority TAFE courses and 20 pre-apprenticeship courses tuition fee free from this year.

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

    As your State Member of Parliament, I am passionate about representing our local community. My office and staff are here to help you and your family. Please feel free to contact my office in Belgrave, or send through an email.

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Bigger And Better Classrooms For Koonung Secondary

Students in Mont Albert North will soon enjoy new modern learning spaces and have access to the first-rate school facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Box Hill Paul Hamer today visited Koonung Secondary College to announce a $6.05 million investment as part of the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to upgrade the school. This project will include demolishing and rebuilding the college’s main classroom wing to deliver modern facilities for students and staff. The next step will be appointing an architect, who will work on a design that best meets the needs of students and staff at Koonung Secondary College. This project is part of a record $1.82 billion investment into Victoria’s education infrastructure in this year’s State Budget – delivering on the Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. The Labor Government will open 100 new schools by 2026, ensuring every Victorian child has a great local school with exceptional teachers. The Government has invested $5.6 billion in delivering more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I’m pleased we are able to provide these modern learning spaces for the students at Koonung Secondary College. These facilities will help teachers teach, and help students reach their full potential.”  “Projects like this are an investment in current students as well as the next generation of students to pass through these doors.” Quote to be attributed to Member for Box Hill Paul Hamer “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities. That’s what we’re going to deliver for the Koonung Secondary College community.” Download the Media Release (223 KB)

Bigger And Better Classrooms For Koonung Secondary

Students in Mont Albert North will soon enjoy new modern learning spaces and have access to the first-rate school facilities they deserve, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Box Hill Paul Hamer today visited Koonung Secondary College to announce a $6.05 million investment as part of the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to upgrade the school. This project will include demolishing and rebuilding the college’s main classroom wing to deliver modern facilities for students and staff. The next step will be appointing an architect, who will work on a design that best meets the needs of students and staff at Koonung Secondary College. This project is part of a record $1.82 billion investment into Victoria’s education infrastructure in this year’s State Budget – delivering on the Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. The Labor Government will open 100 new schools by 2026, ensuring every Victorian child has a great local school with exceptional teachers. The Government has invested $5.6 billion in delivering more than 1,400 school upgrades and supporting almost 5,000 construction jobs. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I’m pleased we are able to provide these modern learning spaces for the students at Koonung Secondary College. These facilities will help teachers teach, and help students reach their full potential.”  “Projects like this are an investment in current students as well as the next generation of students to pass through these doors.” Quote to be attributed to Member for Box Hill Paul Hamer “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities. That’s what we’re going to deliver for the Koonung Secondary College community.” Download the Media Release (223 KB)

Making Kindergartens More Inclusive For All Children

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more kindergartens upgrade their playgrounds and buildings and buy new equipment to support children with additional needs. Minister for Education James Merlino and the Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous today visited Annie Dennis Children’s Centre in Northcote to launch the new round of the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included $6 million for the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program to help kindergartens across the state provide safe and inclusive environments for children with additional needs. Applications are open for kindergartens to apply for up to $200,000 to upgrade their buildings or playgrounds to become more inclusive for children of all abilities. Grants of up to $10,000 are also available to buy equipment such as adjustable desks and chairs, moveable wheelchair ramps and soft padding for outdoor areas. The Labor Government provided Annie Dennis Children’s Centre more than $68,000 to redevelop their playground, creating new natural and accessible learning spaces to support the needs of the centre’s children. The design of the new areas includes natural features such as garden beds, boulders and logs. The Labor Government has already helped more than 260 kindergarten services upgrade their buildings and playgrounds or provided inclusive equipment though the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included a record $473.2 million investment in early childhood infrastructure over five years, which will support the sector to invest in new and expanded facilities. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an-Australian first, the Victorian Government will be rolling out subsidised kindergarten programs for all three-year-old children. The roll-out of three-year-old kindergarten will start next year in six regional local government areas and will continue to rollout across the state progressively. From 2022, all Victorian three-year-olds will have access to five hours of kindergarten. This will be scaled up to a full 15-hour program by 2029. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re helping kinders to upgrade their buildings and playgrounds. Not only so they are more accessible, but also so their grounds encourage learning, curiosity and imagination.” “Every child deserves a great kinder in their local community. That’s why we are working with the sector and making significant investments, so kinders meet the needs of all children.” Quote attributable to Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous “It’s fantastic to see how Annie Dennis Children’s Centre is providing such a welcoming and inclusive environment for their children and I’m delighted we’ll be funding more kinders across the state to do the same.” Download the Media Release (223 KB)

Making Kindergartens More Inclusive For All Children

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more kindergartens upgrade their playgrounds and buildings and buy new equipment to support children with additional needs. Minister for Education James Merlino and the Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous today visited Annie Dennis Children’s Centre in Northcote to launch the new round of the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included $6 million for the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program to help kindergartens across the state provide safe and inclusive environments for children with additional needs. Applications are open for kindergartens to apply for up to $200,000 to upgrade their buildings or playgrounds to become more inclusive for children of all abilities. Grants of up to $10,000 are also available to buy equipment such as adjustable desks and chairs, moveable wheelchair ramps and soft padding for outdoor areas. The Labor Government provided Annie Dennis Children’s Centre more than $68,000 to redevelop their playground, creating new natural and accessible learning spaces to support the needs of the centre’s children. The design of the new areas includes natural features such as garden beds, boulders and logs. The Labor Government has already helped more than 260 kindergarten services upgrade their buildings and playgrounds or provided inclusive equipment though the Inclusive Kindergartens Facilities Program. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 included a record $473.2 million investment in early childhood infrastructure over five years, which will support the sector to invest in new and expanded facilities. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an-Australian first, the Victorian Government will be rolling out subsidised kindergarten programs for all three-year-old children. The roll-out of three-year-old kindergarten will start next year in six regional local government areas and will continue to rollout across the state progressively. From 2022, all Victorian three-year-olds will have access to five hours of kindergarten. This will be scaled up to a full 15-hour program by 2029. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re helping kinders to upgrade their buildings and playgrounds. Not only so they are more accessible, but also so their grounds encourage learning, curiosity and imagination.” “Every child deserves a great kinder in their local community. That’s why we are working with the sector and making significant investments, so kinders meet the needs of all children.” Quote attributable to Member for Northcote Kat Theophanous “It’s fantastic to see how Annie Dennis Children’s Centre is providing such a welcoming and inclusive environment for their children and I’m delighted we’ll be funding more kinders across the state to do the same.” Download the Media Release (223 KB)

Moving Towards Better Principal Health And Wellbeing

An independent report has found that the mental health and wellbeing of Victorian school principals is improving thanks to a new Strategy and suite of support initiatives undertaken by the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government has invested $51 million over four years to extend and expand initiatives adopted as part of its Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy into ongoing services for principals. An independent evaluation by Nous Group found that the initiatives were working effectively to protect, promote and address mental and physical health of principals since its launch in May 2018. Key findings from the report indicate that the Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy: Is effectively supporting current principals as well as new and aspiring principals Has been broadly endorsed by Victorian principals, who have taken up the initiatives Has been well adopted and supported by the Department of Education and Training. The findings are consistent with the results of the Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey 2018 released in February – which shows that Victoria is the only state to report improvements in all eight health and wellbeing areas for principals, including reduced levels of stress and burnout. The initiatives within the Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy include: Principal Health Checks: voluntary, free and confidential health checks (almost 400 completed) Principal Mentor Program: connects principals with an experienced retired principal mentor (more than 60 mentee/mentor relationships) Early Intervention Program: access to case management and health and wellbeing services, including psychological support, physical therapy and dietetics (more than 300 principals supported) Complex Matter Support Team: access to a lead professional to support principals (used almost 200 times) Proactive Wellbeing Supervision: bi-annual debriefing sessions with an experienced psychologist (more than 40 per cent of principals used this service) School Policy Templates Portal: a comprehensive portal of school policy templates (228,000 page views) Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know our principals work incredibly hard to give Victorian kids a great education, but the job has its own unique set of demands, so we’re focussed on supporting principals to stay healthy and happy in the job.” “The independent evaluation shows that principals are not only using the range of support services on offer, but their health and wellbeing is already benefiting.” “With our $51 million investment, Victoria is leading the way in supporting principals through record investment and new initiatives. We are the first state to offer proactive wellbeing sessions with an experienced psychologist for principals across our state.” Download the Media Release (246 KB)

Moving Towards Better Principal Health And Wellbeing

An independent report has found that the mental health and wellbeing of Victorian school principals is improving thanks to a new Strategy and suite of support initiatives undertaken by the Andrews Labor Government. The Labor Government has invested $51 million over four years to extend and expand initiatives adopted as part of its Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy into ongoing services for principals. An independent evaluation by Nous Group found that the initiatives were working effectively to protect, promote and address mental and physical health of principals since its launch in May 2018. Key findings from the report indicate that the Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy: Is effectively supporting current principals as well as new and aspiring principals Has been broadly endorsed by Victorian principals, who have taken up the initiatives Has been well adopted and supported by the Department of Education and Training. The findings are consistent with the results of the Australian Principal Occupational Health, Safety and Wellbeing Survey 2018 released in February – which shows that Victoria is the only state to report improvements in all eight health and wellbeing areas for principals, including reduced levels of stress and burnout. The initiatives within the Principal Health and Wellbeing Strategy include: Principal Health Checks: voluntary, free and confidential health checks (almost 400 completed) Principal Mentor Program: connects principals with an experienced retired principal mentor (more than 60 mentee/mentor relationships) Early Intervention Program: access to case management and health and wellbeing services, including psychological support, physical therapy and dietetics (more than 300 principals supported) Complex Matter Support Team: access to a lead professional to support principals (used almost 200 times) Proactive Wellbeing Supervision: bi-annual debriefing sessions with an experienced psychologist (more than 40 per cent of principals used this service) School Policy Templates Portal: a comprehensive portal of school policy templates (228,000 page views) Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know our principals work incredibly hard to give Victorian kids a great education, but the job has its own unique set of demands, so we’re focussed on supporting principals to stay healthy and happy in the job.” “The independent evaluation shows that principals are not only using the range of support services on offer, but their health and wellbeing is already benefiting.” “With our $51 million investment, Victoria is leading the way in supporting principals through record investment and new initiatives. We are the first state to offer proactive wellbeing sessions with an experienced psychologist for principals across our state.” Download the Media Release (246 KB)

Investing In Infrastructure For Victoria’s Kinder Roll-Out

The Andrews Labor Government is building and investing in infrastructure to support the roll-out of universal kindergarten for all three-year-olds in the state. Minister for Education James Merlino, Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Sonya Kilkenny and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale today visited the Pakenham factory of Australian-owned company Grove Group to see the progress of nine new modular kindergarten buildings currently in construction. It’s part of the record $473.2 million investment from the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to work with the sector to build and expand the kinder facilities needed for the state-wide roll-out of 3-year-old kinder. They also launched the 2019-20 Children’s Facilities Capital Program (CFCP), with applications open to local councils and other kindergarten services for grants to build, expand and improve early years facilities. Major grants of up to $2 million are available for new facilities or significant upgrades, while minor grants of up to $50,000 are available for expansions and refurbishments of existing facilities. More than 100 workers and subcontractors are working on seven modular buildings, which are set for completion this month, while a further two modular buildings are in construction in Bendigo and Campbellfield. In total, modular kindergarten buildings will accommodate almost 500 early learning places for children. The use of modular buildings will help deliver high-quality kindergarten infrastructure that can be flexibly deployed based on demand and in partnership with local government or other providers. The roll-out of three-year-old kindergarten will start next year in six local government areas – Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, South Gippsland, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack. In 2021, three-year-olds in an additional 15 local government areas will be able to access two years of subsidised kindergarten programs. From 2022, children across the rest of the state will have access to five hours of three-year old kindergarten programs each week. This will be progressively scaled up to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Three-year-old kinder is life changing reform for children and families. We are making sure we’ve got the buildings and structures in place as three-year-old kinder rolls our across our state.” Quote attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Sonya Kilkenny “From 2020, Victorian children will spend more time in high-quality kindergarten programs, which will have a powerful impact on their learning and development outcomes.” Quote attributable to Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale “It’s great to see Grove Group creating these state-of-the-art modular kindergarten facilities here in Pakenham, supporting local jobs in preparation for the three-year-old kindergarten rollout.” Download the Media Release (228 KB)

Investing In Infrastructure For Victoria’s Kinder Roll-Out

The Andrews Labor Government is building and investing in infrastructure to support the roll-out of universal kindergarten for all three-year-olds in the state. Minister for Education James Merlino, Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Sonya Kilkenny and Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale today visited the Pakenham factory of Australian-owned company Grove Group to see the progress of nine new modular kindergarten buildings currently in construction. It’s part of the record $473.2 million investment from the Victorian Budget 2019/20 to work with the sector to build and expand the kinder facilities needed for the state-wide roll-out of 3-year-old kinder. They also launched the 2019-20 Children’s Facilities Capital Program (CFCP), with applications open to local councils and other kindergarten services for grants to build, expand and improve early years facilities. Major grants of up to $2 million are available for new facilities or significant upgrades, while minor grants of up to $50,000 are available for expansions and refurbishments of existing facilities. More than 100 workers and subcontractors are working on seven modular buildings, which are set for completion this month, while a further two modular buildings are in construction in Bendigo and Campbellfield. In total, modular kindergarten buildings will accommodate almost 500 early learning places for children. The use of modular buildings will help deliver high-quality kindergarten infrastructure that can be flexibly deployed based on demand and in partnership with local government or other providers. The roll-out of three-year-old kindergarten will start next year in six local government areas – Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, South Gippsland, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack. In 2021, three-year-olds in an additional 15 local government areas will be able to access two years of subsidised kindergarten programs. From 2022, children across the rest of the state will have access to five hours of three-year old kindergarten programs each week. This will be progressively scaled up to reach the full 15-hour program by 2029. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Three-year-old kinder is life changing reform for children and families. We are making sure we’ve got the buildings and structures in place as three-year-old kinder rolls our across our state.” Quote attributable to Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Sonya Kilkenny “From 2020, Victorian children will spend more time in high-quality kindergarten programs, which will have a powerful impact on their learning and development outcomes.” Quote attributable to Member for Bass Jordan Crugnale “It’s great to see Grove Group creating these state-of-the-art modular kindergarten facilities here in Pakenham, supporting local jobs in preparation for the three-year-old kindergarten rollout.” Download the Media Release (228 KB)

BELGRAVE LOCALS INVITED TO DROP IN SESSION ON NEW CAR PARK

Belgrave residents are invited to help shape the design for Belgrave Station’s new multi-deck car park – being delivered by the Andrews Labor Government – at community information sessions on Thursday 13 and Thursday 20 June 2019. Locals will have an opportunity to ask questions about the project, provide feedback and speak to the project team. Upgrading the car park at Belgrave Station will deliver a range of benefits including 470 new parking spaces, in addition to the existing 160, boosting capacity to a total of 630 spaces. Other improvements include pedestrian access for people of all abilities and better integration between the township and the iconic Puffing Billy tourist railway. The project will also improve the bus interchange and bicycle storage facilities, making it easier for people to connect with different modes of transport. New lighting, CCTV and improved wayfinding will make the station precinct safer and easier to access. The information sessions will be held on Thursday 13 and Thursday 20 June 2019 at the Belgrave Community Hub, and local community members are invited to drop in any time between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. The community can also have their say about what matters most via an online survey now live at victrack.com.au/belgrave. The project, part of the Victorian Government’s Station Car Park program funded in the 2018/19 State Budget, will provide approximately 2,000 new and upgraded car parking spaces across Victoria. The Government has also committed $150 million through the Car Parks for Commuters Fund, which will see an additional 11,000 new car parking spaces at Victoria’s busiest metropolitan and regional train stations. The Belgrave Station car park upgrade is being delivered by VicTrack. Planning, design and community consultation will take place throughout 2019, with construction to start in 2020. For more information and to complete the online survey visit victrack.com.au/belgrave

BELGRAVE LOCALS INVITED TO DROP IN SESSION ON NEW CAR PARK

Belgrave residents are invited to help shape the design for Belgrave Station’s new multi-deck car park – being delivered by the Andrews Labor Government – at community information sessions on Thursday 13 and Thursday 20 June 2019. Locals will have an opportunity to ask questions about the project, provide feedback and speak to the project team. Upgrading the car park at Belgrave Station will deliver a range of benefits including 470 new parking spaces, in addition to the existing 160, boosting capacity to a total of 630 spaces. Other improvements include pedestrian access for people of all abilities and better integration between the township and the iconic Puffing Billy tourist railway. The project will also improve the bus interchange and bicycle storage facilities, making it easier for people to connect with different modes of transport. New lighting, CCTV and improved wayfinding will make the station precinct safer and easier to access. The information sessions will be held on Thursday 13 and Thursday 20 June 2019 at the Belgrave Community Hub, and local community members are invited to drop in any time between 4.30pm and 6.30pm. The community can also have their say about what matters most via an online survey now live at victrack.com.au/belgrave. The project, part of the Victorian Government’s Station Car Park program funded in the 2018/19 State Budget, will provide approximately 2,000 new and upgraded car parking spaces across Victoria. The Government has also committed $150 million through the Car Parks for Commuters Fund, which will see an additional 11,000 new car parking spaces at Victoria’s busiest metropolitan and regional train stations. The Belgrave Station car park upgrade is being delivered by VicTrack. Planning, design and community consultation will take place throughout 2019, with construction to start in 2020. For more information and to complete the online survey visit victrack.com.au/belgrave

Delivering Upgrades To Non-Government Schools

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure all school students benefit from a record investment in education infrastructure, with a $402 million contribution for upgrades for the non-government school sector. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll today visited Ave Maria College to open the school’s new Helene Province building, and to open applications for the first round of the $402 million Non-Government Schools Capital Fund. This contribution to non-government schools more than triples the capital funding support provided to the sector since 2015. With more than one third of students in Victoria attending non-government independent and Catholic schools, the Labor Government is making sure that all students benefit from this investment in school infrastructure. The funding announced today is part of a record $1.82 billion investment in Victoria’s education infrastructure in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 – delivering on the Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. The Labor Government contributed $500,000 toward the construction of the Helene Province building for Ave Maria College. The three-storey learning centre building includes a ground floor administration, classrooms and a refurbished library. The Helene Province Building honours Helene de Chappotin, Foundress of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), who established Ave Maria College in 1963. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities, and with more than one third of Victorian students attending non-government schools we are making sure they benefit from our record investment into creating the Education State.” Quote attributable to Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll “This new Helene Province building will help the energetic team of teachers at Ave Maria College provide their girls with a nurturing environment where they can excel.” Download the Media Release (219 KB)

Delivering Upgrades To Non-Government Schools

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure all school students benefit from a record investment in education infrastructure, with a $402 million contribution for upgrades for the non-government school sector. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll today visited Ave Maria College to open the school’s new Helene Province building, and to open applications for the first round of the $402 million Non-Government Schools Capital Fund. This contribution to non-government schools more than triples the capital funding support provided to the sector since 2015. With more than one third of students in Victoria attending non-government independent and Catholic schools, the Labor Government is making sure that all students benefit from this investment in school infrastructure. The funding announced today is part of a record $1.82 billion investment in Victoria’s education infrastructure in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 – delivering on the Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. The Labor Government contributed $500,000 toward the construction of the Helene Province building for Ave Maria College. The three-storey learning centre building includes a ground floor administration, classrooms and a refurbished library. The Helene Province Building honours Helene de Chappotin, Foundress of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), who established Ave Maria College in 1963. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities, and with more than one third of Victorian students attending non-government schools we are making sure they benefit from our record investment into creating the Education State.” Quote attributable to Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll “This new Helene Province building will help the energetic team of teachers at Ave Maria College provide their girls with a nurturing environment where they can excel.” Download the Media Release (219 KB)

Delivering First-Class Facilities For Monbulk Students

Students in the Yarra Ranges are one step closer to having the first-rate education facilities they deserve with stage one now complete, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Monbulk College to officially open the school’s $3 million administration and resource building, featuring a brand new library, four general purpose classrooms and open plan office spaces including staff lounge. The new two-storey administration and resource building includes an entry foyer and reception counter, administration offices, sick bay, toilets and plant area on the lower ground floor. The first floor features the new library and toilets, as well as support, learning, and breakout spaces for students. This week’s Victorian Budget 2019/20 also include additional funding towards planning and early work ahead of the final major stage of the school. The Labor Government is set to complete stage two of the building works at Monbulk College in September this year. The investment in stage two of the works, worth close to $7.6 million, includes the demolition of an existing building, refurbishment of the existing administration building, construction of new classrooms and specialist spaces for information and communication technology. Chrisp Architects and Lloyd Group were appointed to design and build the facilities which provide an appealing and relaxed learning environment with spaces that promote independent learning as well as team working and online learning. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This project is extremely important to the Monbulk community and will give students and staff the facilities they need to thrive.” “It’s wonderful to see the completion of the first stage of this building work, which is a significant step towards delivering the kind of first rate education facilities the Monbulk College school community deserves.” Download the Media Release (217 KB)

Delivering First-Class Facilities For Monbulk Students

Students in the Yarra Ranges are one step closer to having the first-rate education facilities they deserve with stage one now complete, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Monbulk College to officially open the school’s $3 million administration and resource building, featuring a brand new library, four general purpose classrooms and open plan office spaces including staff lounge. The new two-storey administration and resource building includes an entry foyer and reception counter, administration offices, sick bay, toilets and plant area on the lower ground floor. The first floor features the new library and toilets, as well as support, learning, and breakout spaces for students. This week’s Victorian Budget 2019/20 also include additional funding towards planning and early work ahead of the final major stage of the school. The Labor Government is set to complete stage two of the building works at Monbulk College in September this year. The investment in stage two of the works, worth close to $7.6 million, includes the demolition of an existing building, refurbishment of the existing administration building, construction of new classrooms and specialist spaces for information and communication technology. Chrisp Architects and Lloyd Group were appointed to design and build the facilities which provide an appealing and relaxed learning environment with spaces that promote independent learning as well as team working and online learning. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This project is extremely important to the Monbulk community and will give students and staff the facilities they need to thrive.” “It’s wonderful to see the completion of the first stage of this building work, which is a significant step towards delivering the kind of first rate education facilities the Monbulk College school community deserves.” Download the Media Release (217 KB)

Delivering For Students In The Yarra Ranges

Students at Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School will get the facilities they deserve thanks to a $3.45 million investment to deliver brand new, architecturally designed learning spaces. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School to announce the investment which will provide new junior school facilities as part of the 2019-20 Victorian Budget. This builds on the $500,000 previously provided to the school by the Andrews Labor Government. The project at Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School will happen alongside the existing construction of a new administration building to be completed in October. These new learning spaces will help Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School pursue its vision to promote student independence through active learning. The $3.45 million for Yarra Ranges Special Development School is part of a record $1.82 billion investment into Victoria’s education infrastructure in this year’s State Budget – delivering on the Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. The Labor Government will open 100 new schools by 2026, ensuring every Victorian child has a great local school with exceptional teachers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are getting on with delivering great new learning spaces for the students at Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School which will support them to reach their full potential.” “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities and that’s what we will deliver for the Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School.” Download the Media Release (215 KB)

Delivering For Students In The Yarra Ranges

Students at Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School will get the facilities they deserve thanks to a $3.45 million investment to deliver brand new, architecturally designed learning spaces. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School to announce the investment which will provide new junior school facilities as part of the 2019-20 Victorian Budget. This builds on the $500,000 previously provided to the school by the Andrews Labor Government. The project at Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School will happen alongside the existing construction of a new administration building to be completed in October. These new learning spaces will help Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School pursue its vision to promote student independence through active learning. The $3.45 million for Yarra Ranges Special Development School is part of a record $1.82 billion investment into Victoria’s education infrastructure in this year’s State Budget – delivering on the Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. The Labor Government will open 100 new schools by 2026, ensuring every Victorian child has a great local school with exceptional teachers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We are getting on with delivering great new learning spaces for the students at Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School which will support them to reach their full potential.” “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities and that’s what we will deliver for the Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School.” Download the Media Release (215 KB)

 

BETTER BOATING AND BETTER FISHING FOR PEOPLE IN MONBULK

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitments to better boating facilities and massive boosts to recreational fishing for thousands of Victorians thanks to an $82.2 million investment. As part of the Victorian Budget 2019/20, the Government is investing $35 million into Target One Million - Phase Two, to get more people in Monbulk fishing and make recreational fishing even better for die-hards, beginners and families casting a line. Boaters in Monbulk will have more opportunities to get out on the water, with the Government investing $39.6 million in priority upgrades and maintenance to boat ramps across the state, giving thousands of Victorians and tourists a year safer and better infrastructure to launch their boats. The Better Boating Fund will also be established to collect funds from boat registration and marine licensing fees and use them exclusively for boat facility and safety initiatives. The Government will review infrastructure management in Port Phillip and Western Port Bays and invest $7.6 million to abolish boat ramp parking and launching fees, aiming to have them removed by the time people are putting their boats into the water in spring. Gippsland Lakes will be given back to recreational fishing, and anglers can look forward to a new $7 million state of the art native fish hatchery near Shepparton, better facilities around Corio Bay including more fishing platforms, and new fish cleaning tables at boat ramps throughout Port Philip Bay. Port Phillip Bay will benefit from $2.5 million for improving fish habitats, including reef development, which will increase catch rates of iconic species like snapper and provide hot-spots for family boaters. Freshwater fish stocking will lead the nation with the ambitious target of releasing 10 million fish per year by 2022, including trout and native fish like Murray cod, golden perch and Australian bass and inland fishers will have more places to fish with the Government opening access to boats and kayaks on several reservoirs. Free public fishing events will introduce new generations of youngsters to recreational fishing and encourage disadvantaged youth and people living with a disability to take up a new hobby and learn about the basics of sustainable fishing. The Government’s significant investment in boating and fishing will provide a boost for jobs and regional tourism, which depend on travelling fishers and boaters visiting Victoria’s inland and coastal waterways all year round. Quotes attributable to the Member for Monbulk James Merlino “We’re delivering better fishing and boating all year round – boosting regional tourism, creating new jobs, and helping families from all walks of life enjoy Victoria’s great outdoors.” “Whether you boat or fish on the coast, on our stunning bays or inlets or in our freshwater lakes and rivers – we’re delivering for all Victorians.”

BETTER BOATING AND BETTER FISHING FOR PEOPLE IN MONBULK

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its commitments to better boating facilities and massive boosts to recreational fishing for thousands of Victorians thanks to an $82.2 million investment. As part of the Victorian Budget 2019/20, the Government is investing $35 million into Target One Million - Phase Two, to get more people in Monbulk fishing and make recreational fishing even better for die-hards, beginners and families casting a line. Boaters in Monbulk will have more opportunities to get out on the water, with the Government investing $39.6 million in priority upgrades and maintenance to boat ramps across the state, giving thousands of Victorians and tourists a year safer and better infrastructure to launch their boats. The Better Boating Fund will also be established to collect funds from boat registration and marine licensing fees and use them exclusively for boat facility and safety initiatives. The Government will review infrastructure management in Port Phillip and Western Port Bays and invest $7.6 million to abolish boat ramp parking and launching fees, aiming to have them removed by the time people are putting their boats into the water in spring. Gippsland Lakes will be given back to recreational fishing, and anglers can look forward to a new $7 million state of the art native fish hatchery near Shepparton, better facilities around Corio Bay including more fishing platforms, and new fish cleaning tables at boat ramps throughout Port Philip Bay. Port Phillip Bay will benefit from $2.5 million for improving fish habitats, including reef development, which will increase catch rates of iconic species like snapper and provide hot-spots for family boaters. Freshwater fish stocking will lead the nation with the ambitious target of releasing 10 million fish per year by 2022, including trout and native fish like Murray cod, golden perch and Australian bass and inland fishers will have more places to fish with the Government opening access to boats and kayaks on several reservoirs. Free public fishing events will introduce new generations of youngsters to recreational fishing and encourage disadvantaged youth and people living with a disability to take up a new hobby and learn about the basics of sustainable fishing. The Government’s significant investment in boating and fishing will provide a boost for jobs and regional tourism, which depend on travelling fishers and boaters visiting Victoria’s inland and coastal waterways all year round. Quotes attributable to the Member for Monbulk James Merlino “We’re delivering better fishing and boating all year round – boosting regional tourism, creating new jobs, and helping families from all walks of life enjoy Victoria’s great outdoors.” “Whether you boat or fish on the coast, on our stunning bays or inlets or in our freshwater lakes and rivers – we’re delivering for all Victorians.”

New VCE Centre For Brentwood Secondary College

Students in Glen Waverley will soon have access to the first-rate school facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Brentwood Secondary College alongside Member for Mount Waverley Matt Fregon to announce the school would receive $4.6 million in the 2019-20 State Budget to build a new VCE centre. The new VCE centre will replace the current VCE building, which will be demolished. The current building was partially damaged earlier this year as a result of a fire which also damaged a nearby relocatable building at the school. This relocatable building will also be replaced with a new relocatable building during the July school holidays to minimise disruption to teachers and students. The $4.6 million for Brentwood Secondary College is part of a record $1.82 billion investment into Victoria’s education infrastructure in this year’s State Budget – delivering on the Labor Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. This record investment will also see a total of 100 new schools open over the next eight years under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has access to a great education, and every community has access to a great local school with exceptional teachers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We understand that VCE is an incredibly important time in a student’s life, and this new $4.6 million VCE centre will give students the best facilities to help them reach their potential.” “We are delivering what we promised – making Victoria the Education State – with a record $1.82 billion investment in our school infrastructure, and our children’s future.” Quote attributable to Member for Mount Waverley Matt Fregon “Projects like this VCE centre are an investment in the Brentwood Secondary College students of today and in the future, because we know students benefit greatly when learning in first-rate school facilities.” Download the Media Release (222 KB)

New VCE Centre For Brentwood Secondary College

Students in Glen Waverley will soon have access to the first-rate school facilities they deserve thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited Brentwood Secondary College alongside Member for Mount Waverley Matt Fregon to announce the school would receive $4.6 million in the 2019-20 State Budget to build a new VCE centre. The new VCE centre will replace the current VCE building, which will be demolished. The current building was partially damaged earlier this year as a result of a fire which also damaged a nearby relocatable building at the school. This relocatable building will also be replaced with a new relocatable building during the July school holidays to minimise disruption to teachers and students. The $4.6 million for Brentwood Secondary College is part of a record $1.82 billion investment into Victoria’s education infrastructure in this year’s State Budget – delivering on the Labor Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. This record investment will also see a total of 100 new schools open over the next eight years under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has access to a great education, and every community has access to a great local school with exceptional teachers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We understand that VCE is an incredibly important time in a student’s life, and this new $4.6 million VCE centre will give students the best facilities to help them reach their potential.” “We are delivering what we promised – making Victoria the Education State – with a record $1.82 billion investment in our school infrastructure, and our children’s future.” Quote attributable to Member for Mount Waverley Matt Fregon “Projects like this VCE centre are an investment in the Brentwood Secondary College students of today and in the future, because we know students benefit greatly when learning in first-rate school facilities.” Download the Media Release (222 KB)

Delivering World Class Facilities For Ringwood North Primary School

Ringwood North Primary School students will soon enjoy new learning spaces with more than $3 million being invested by the Andrews Labor Government’s 2019/20 State Budget. Minister for Education James Merlino today toured the school alongside Member for Ringwood Dustin Halse and   spoke with students and staff about the new permanent modular building, which will take approximately 38 weeks from beginning of works to completion. The architecturally-designed learning spaces will help develop creative thinking and inspire learning in the Ringwood North Primary School students. The modular building method will see the spaces constructed in a factory and brought to the school for permanent construction quickly, and with little disruption to the school. The $3.013 million for Ringwood North Primary School is part of a record $1.82 billion investment into Victoria’s education infrastructure in this year’s State Budget – delivering on the Labor Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. This record investment will also see a total of 100 new schools open over the next eight years under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has access to a great education, and every community has access to a great local school with exceptional teachers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This exciting $3 million investment will deliver new learning spaces for Ringwood North Primary School and will give these students the world class facilities they deserve.”  “We are delivering what we promised – making Victoria the Education State – with a record $1.82 billion investment in our school infrastructure, and our children’s future.” Quotes attributable to Member for Ringwood Dustin Halse “The students at Ringwood North Primary School will benefit greatly from new learning spaces funded in this year’s State Budget.” “It is great to deliver this fantastic investment in the students, staff and Ringwood North community.” Download the Media Release (222 KB)

Delivering World Class Facilities For Ringwood North Primary School

Ringwood North Primary School students will soon enjoy new learning spaces with more than $3 million being invested by the Andrews Labor Government’s 2019/20 State Budget. Minister for Education James Merlino today toured the school alongside Member for Ringwood Dustin Halse and   spoke with students and staff about the new permanent modular building, which will take approximately 38 weeks from beginning of works to completion. The architecturally-designed learning spaces will help develop creative thinking and inspire learning in the Ringwood North Primary School students. The modular building method will see the spaces constructed in a factory and brought to the school for permanent construction quickly, and with little disruption to the school. The $3.013 million for Ringwood North Primary School is part of a record $1.82 billion investment into Victoria’s education infrastructure in this year’s State Budget – delivering on the Labor Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. This record investment will also see a total of 100 new schools open over the next eight years under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has access to a great education, and every community has access to a great local school with exceptional teachers. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This exciting $3 million investment will deliver new learning spaces for Ringwood North Primary School and will give these students the world class facilities they deserve.”  “We are delivering what we promised – making Victoria the Education State – with a record $1.82 billion investment in our school infrastructure, and our children’s future.” Quotes attributable to Member for Ringwood Dustin Halse “The students at Ringwood North Primary School will benefit greatly from new learning spaces funded in this year’s State Budget.” “It is great to deliver this fantastic investment in the students, staff and Ringwood North community.” Download the Media Release (222 KB)

Delivering New Facilities For Students In Melbourne’s East

Students in Bayswater are one step closer to having the facilities they deserve with a $1.39 million investment to deliver brand new, architecturally designed classrooms thanks to Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor today visited Bayswater Primary School to announce the investment which will provide a permanent modular building as part of the 2019-20 Victorian Budget. The building project at Bayswater Primary is estimated to take approximately 38 weeks from commencement to completion and will replace an old building at the school which will be demolished. Traditional construction methods would see the build time take anywhere from 12-18 months. Modular buildings are constructed off-site and delivered to the school, reducing the disruption to the school and on-site safety risks. The $1.39 million for Bayswater Primary School is part of a record $1.82 billion investment into Victoria’s education infrastructure in this year’s Victorian Budget – delivering on the Labor Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “I’m pleased we are able to provide these great new learning spaces for the students at Bayswater Primary School which will support them to get a first-class education.” “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities and that’s what we will deliver for the Bayswater Primary School community.” Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “Bayswater Primary School are a great school community with dedicated staff, and we want to provide them and their students with a modern environment where they can thrive.” Download the Media Release (215 KB)

Delivering New Facilities For Students In Melbourne’s East

Students in Bayswater are one step closer to having the facilities they deserve with a $1.39 million investment to deliver brand new, architecturally designed classrooms thanks to Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor today visited Bayswater Primary School to announce the investment which will provide a permanent modular building as part of the 2019-20 Victorian Budget. The building project at Bayswater Primary is estimated to take approximately 38 weeks from commencement to completion and will replace an old building at the school which will be demolished. Traditional construction methods would see the build time take anywhere from 12-18 months. Modular buildings are constructed off-site and delivered to the school, reducing the disruption to the school and on-site safety risks. The $1.39 million for Bayswater Primary School is part of a record $1.82 billion investment into Victoria’s education infrastructure in this year’s Victorian Budget – delivering on the Labor Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino  “I’m pleased we are able to provide these great new learning spaces for the students at Bayswater Primary School which will support them to get a first-class education.” “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities and that’s what we will deliver for the Bayswater Primary School community.” Quote attributable to Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor “Bayswater Primary School are a great school community with dedicated staff, and we want to provide them and their students with a modern environment where they can thrive.” Download the Media Release (215 KB)

Bumbling McLeish Bungles Budget Speech

The Victorian Liberals have again shown their financial incompetence and illiteracy with opposition education spokesperson Cindy McLeish bumbling her way through analysis of the Victorian Budget 2019/20. In a messy Budget reply, Ms McLeish claimed a cut that doesn’t exist after misreading the Budget papers: “There is a 15 per cent cut in the Department of Education and Training output initiatives if you compare the relevant budget papers for the last two years—budget paper 3, table 1.7—they will show you quite clearly that there has been a drop from $646 million to $546 million, a $100 million drop.” – Parliament of Victoria, Appropriation (2019–2020) Bill 2019, 29 May 2019 Embarrassingly, the Shadow Minister for Education has subtracted the funding figures instead of adding them together. The $546.6 million in the 2019/20 State Budget is in addition to the $646.0 million in the 2018/19 State Budget and is for expenditure on new initiatives. Therefore, the total education output funding is $1.192 billion in new education funding across the next financial year alone. The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment of new school initiatives now totals more than $11.7 billion compared to a mere $3.8 billion for schools under the former Liberal Government. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “If the Liberals cared about our students they would learn how to read a budget paper and welcome Labor’s record investment in schools.” “Cindy McLeish has showcased her own incompetence and must correct the record in Parliament.” “Only Labor invests in schools and the future of our kids.” Download the Media Release (253 KB)

Bumbling McLeish Bungles Budget Speech

The Victorian Liberals have again shown their financial incompetence and illiteracy with opposition education spokesperson Cindy McLeish bumbling her way through analysis of the Victorian Budget 2019/20. In a messy Budget reply, Ms McLeish claimed a cut that doesn’t exist after misreading the Budget papers: “There is a 15 per cent cut in the Department of Education and Training output initiatives if you compare the relevant budget papers for the last two years—budget paper 3, table 1.7—they will show you quite clearly that there has been a drop from $646 million to $546 million, a $100 million drop.” – Parliament of Victoria, Appropriation (2019–2020) Bill 2019, 29 May 2019 Embarrassingly, the Shadow Minister for Education has subtracted the funding figures instead of adding them together. The $546.6 million in the 2019/20 State Budget is in addition to the $646.0 million in the 2018/19 State Budget and is for expenditure on new initiatives. Therefore, the total education output funding is $1.192 billion in new education funding across the next financial year alone. The Andrews Labor Government’s record investment of new school initiatives now totals more than $11.7 billion compared to a mere $3.8 billion for schools under the former Liberal Government. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “If the Liberals cared about our students they would learn how to read a budget paper and welcome Labor’s record investment in schools.” “Cindy McLeish has showcased her own incompetence and must correct the record in Parliament.” “Only Labor invests in schools and the future of our kids.” Download the Media Release (253 KB)

DELIVERING FOR MONBULK

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Monbulk, with major investments in local schools, roads, health and public transport in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools around the state, this year’s Budget includes $7.1 million to make sure students at Monbulk Primary School have the learning spaces they deserve. This upgrade will deliver a brand-new library, a new Grade 5 and 6 building and two new competition-grade outdoor netball courts, which will also be used by the Monbulk Football Netball Club after school hours. Students and teachers at Upwey High School are also set to benefit from this year’s Budget, with the Labor Government delivering $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 Labor Government to upgrade the school. Funding of $935,000 will go towards planning and early work ahead of upgrades at Monbulk College. This investment is the first step in delivering the final major stage of their masterplan, which includes a new STEM and trades building and a new home economics building, making sure our next generation have the next generation of skills. Students and their families in Monbulk will also benefit from a $3.45 million investment which will allow the Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School to refurbish and modernise facilities at the school, including new administration facilities. This builds on the $500,000 already provided by the Labor Government for upgrades at the school. As part of our transformation of training, we are making local TAFE facilities better than they have ever been, with a $10.2 million investment to deliver a new integrated and sustainable construction centre at the Box Hill Institute’s Lilydale campus, focusing on carpentry, plumbing and electrical training. This investment builds on the Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative, which is giving thousands of Victorians the opportunity to learn the skills they need building our state and caring for our community. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to an $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. A further $28.5 million will see early childhood added to the list of Free TAFE courses, reducing financial barriers for students, encouraging enrolment and supporting the Labor Government’s rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. With funding provided to local councils and eligible providers, this investment will make sure our kids are getting the best start in life. Because every Victorian should be able to get the care they need when they need it, this year’s Budget includes $81.6 million for delivery of a new 120-bed aged care facility at Wantirna Health, including 60 high-care beds and 60 aged care mental health beds. It will complement the existing geriatric medicine hospital and palliative care services already offered at the site, creating a healthcare hub for older residents in Melbourne’s East. We have also allocated $4.6 million to begin planning the next stage of the Angliss Hospital expansion at Upper Ferntree Gully, which will provide additional hospital beds, upgrade infrastructure and support the re-accommodation of clinical functions. Delivering on our commitment to create five new children’s emergency departments, a share of $5.9 million will kick start planning on the dedicated new space at Maroondah Hospital, giving local parents peace of mind that their kids will get the calm and compassionate care in the moments that matter most. We promised to put power back in the hands of Victorians. And through our landmark Solar Homes program that’s exactly what we’re doing. This year’s Budget delivers on the Labor Government’s positive plan for solar, investing $1.3 billion, to make sure more Victorians can take control and cut their power bills. This includes rolling out solar panels, solar hot water or solar batteries to 770,000 homes over the next decade, expanding the program to renters and ensuring the safety and sustainability of the rollout, with funding for training, safety and quality audits.

DELIVERING FOR MONBULK

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Monbulk, with major investments in local schools, roads, health and public transport in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools around the state, this year’s Budget includes $7.1 million to make sure students at Monbulk Primary School have the learning spaces they deserve. This upgrade will deliver a brand-new library, a new Grade 5 and 6 building and two new competition-grade outdoor netball courts, which will also be used by the Monbulk Football Netball Club after school hours. Students and teachers at Upwey High School are also set to benefit from this year’s Budget, with the Labor Government delivering $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 Labor Government to upgrade the school. Funding of $935,000 will go towards planning and early work ahead of upgrades at Monbulk College. This investment is the first step in delivering the final major stage of their masterplan, which includes a new STEM and trades building and a new home economics building, making sure our next generation have the next generation of skills. Students and their families in Monbulk will also benefit from a $3.45 million investment which will allow the Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School to refurbish and modernise facilities at the school, including new administration facilities. This builds on the $500,000 already provided by the Labor Government for upgrades at the school. As part of our transformation of training, we are making local TAFE facilities better than they have ever been, with a $10.2 million investment to deliver a new integrated and sustainable construction centre at the Box Hill Institute’s Lilydale campus, focusing on carpentry, plumbing and electrical training. This investment builds on the Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative, which is giving thousands of Victorians the opportunity to learn the skills they need building our state and caring for our community. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to an $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. A further $28.5 million will see early childhood added to the list of Free TAFE courses, reducing financial barriers for students, encouraging enrolment and supporting the Labor Government’s rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. With funding provided to local councils and eligible providers, this investment will make sure our kids are getting the best start in life. Because every Victorian should be able to get the care they need when they need it, this year’s Budget includes $81.6 million for delivery of a new 120-bed aged care facility at Wantirna Health, including 60 high-care beds and 60 aged care mental health beds. It will complement the existing geriatric medicine hospital and palliative care services already offered at the site, creating a healthcare hub for older residents in Melbourne’s East. We have also allocated $4.6 million to begin planning the next stage of the Angliss Hospital expansion at Upper Ferntree Gully, which will provide additional hospital beds, upgrade infrastructure and support the re-accommodation of clinical functions. Delivering on our commitment to create five new children’s emergency departments, a share of $5.9 million will kick start planning on the dedicated new space at Maroondah Hospital, giving local parents peace of mind that their kids will get the calm and compassionate care in the moments that matter most. We promised to put power back in the hands of Victorians. And through our landmark Solar Homes program that’s exactly what we’re doing. This year’s Budget delivers on the Labor Government’s positive plan for solar, investing $1.3 billion, to make sure more Victorians can take control and cut their power bills. This includes rolling out solar panels, solar hot water or solar batteries to 770,000 homes over the next decade, expanding the program to renters and ensuring the safety and sustainability of the rollout, with funding for training, safety and quality audits.

Kindergarten For All Three-Year-Old Children In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the biggest reform in the history of early childhood education in Victoria to provide all three-year-old children access to subsidised kinder. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Albert Park Martin Foley at Clarendon Children’s Centre in South Melbourne to mark the start of this landmark reform. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 invests $881.6 million in the rollout, which will give children access to two years of subsidised kinder programs delivered by a teacher before starting school. It’s part of a sweeping $4.1 billion investment in education – from kinders and schools through to higher education and TAFE. The program will fundamentally transform early childhood education and help families struggling with the cost of living, saving some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged families around $5,000 a year. The Budget includes $473.2 million for early childhood infrastructure, which will support the sector to invest in new and expanded kindergarten facilities, when and where they are needed most. And it invests $92.4 million to support early childhood teachers and educators through more professional development, mentoring and scholarships, so children continue have access to highly-trained teachers. To ensure we can train the kinder teachers of the future, the Labor Government has added the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to the Free TAFE list. As we plan the state-wide roll out, every kinder and long day care facility will be surveyed about their existing infrastructure and workforce capacity, with this work already underway. The Labor Government will work with local councils and the sector to co-invest in the infrastructure needed. The roll-out of three-year-old kindergarten prioritises regional Victoria, starting next year in six local government areas – Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, South Gippsland, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack – before expanding to a further 15 regional LGAs in 2021. The roll-out will continue across the state progressively. From 2022, all Victorian three-year-olds will have access to five hours of kindergarten. This will be scaled up to a full 15-hour program by 2029. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We said we’d start the roll out of three-year-old kinder next year, and that’s exactly what we’ve done – because when we make a promise, we keep it.” “Three-year-old kinder will give kids a great start in their education, as well as saving families when it comes to the cost of child care.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The evidence shows two years are better than one when it comes to early learning, which is why we are giving children access to the quality kindergarten programs they deserve earlier.” Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley “Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. Kids right around Victoria will benefit from these landmark reforms.”

Kindergarten For All Three-Year-Old Children In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering the biggest reform in the history of early childhood education in Victoria to provide all three-year-old children access to subsidised kinder. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Member for Albert Park Martin Foley at Clarendon Children’s Centre in South Melbourne to mark the start of this landmark reform. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 invests $881.6 million in the rollout, which will give children access to two years of subsidised kinder programs delivered by a teacher before starting school. It’s part of a sweeping $4.1 billion investment in education – from kinders and schools through to higher education and TAFE. The program will fundamentally transform early childhood education and help families struggling with the cost of living, saving some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged families around $5,000 a year. The Budget includes $473.2 million for early childhood infrastructure, which will support the sector to invest in new and expanded kindergarten facilities, when and where they are needed most. And it invests $92.4 million to support early childhood teachers and educators through more professional development, mentoring and scholarships, so children continue have access to highly-trained teachers. To ensure we can train the kinder teachers of the future, the Labor Government has added the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care to the Free TAFE list. As we plan the state-wide roll out, every kinder and long day care facility will be surveyed about their existing infrastructure and workforce capacity, with this work already underway. The Labor Government will work with local councils and the sector to co-invest in the infrastructure needed. The roll-out of three-year-old kindergarten prioritises regional Victoria, starting next year in six local government areas – Buloke, Hindmarsh, Northern Grampians, South Gippsland, Strathbogie and Yarriambiack – before expanding to a further 15 regional LGAs in 2021. The roll-out will continue across the state progressively. From 2022, all Victorian three-year-olds will have access to five hours of kindergarten. This will be scaled up to a full 15-hour program by 2029. Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews “We said we’d start the roll out of three-year-old kinder next year, and that’s exactly what we’ve done – because when we make a promise, we keep it.” “Three-year-old kinder will give kids a great start in their education, as well as saving families when it comes to the cost of child care.” Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The evidence shows two years are better than one when it comes to early learning, which is why we are giving children access to the quality kindergarten programs they deserve earlier.” Quote attributable to Member for Albert Park Martin Foley “Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. Kids right around Victoria will benefit from these landmark reforms.”

DELIVERING FOR MONBULK

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Monbulk, with major investments in local schools, roads, health and public transport in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools around the state, this year’s Budget includes $7.1 million to make sure students at Monbulk Primary School have the learning spaces they deserve. This upgrade will deliver a brand-new library, a new Grade 5 and 6 building and two new competition-grade outdoor netball courts, which will also be used by the Monbulk Football Netball Club after school hours. Students and teachers at Upwey High School are also set to benefit from this year’s Budget, with the Labor Government delivering $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 Labor Government to upgrade the school. Funding of $935,000 will go towards planning and early work ahead of upgrades at Monbulk College. This investment is the first step in delivering the final major stage of their masterplan, which includes a new STEM and trades building and a new home economics building, making sure our next generation have the next generation of skills. Students and their families in Monbulk will also benefit from a $3.45 million investment which will allow the Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School to refurbish and modernise facilities at the school, including new administration facilities. This builds on the $500,000 already provided by the Labor Government for upgrades at the school. As part of our transformation of training, we are making local TAFE facilities better than they have ever been, with a $10.2 million investment to deliver a new integrated and sustainable construction centre at the Box Hill Institute’s Lilydale campus, focusing on carpentry, plumbing and electrical training. This investment builds on the Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative, which is giving thousands of Victorians the opportunity to learn the skills they need building our state and caring for our community. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to an $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. A further $28.5 million will see early childhood added to the list of Free TAFE courses, reducing financial barriers for students, encouraging enrolment and supporting the Labor Government’s rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. With funding provided to local councils and eligible providers, this investment will make sure our kids are getting the best start in life. Because every Victorian should be able to get the care they need when they need it, this year’s Budget includes $81.6 million for delivery of a new 120-bed aged care facility at Wantirna Health, including 60 high-care beds and 60 aged care mental health beds. It will complement the existing geriatric medicine hospital and palliative care services already offered at the site, creating a healthcare hub for older residents in Melbourne’s East. We have also allocated $4.6 million to begin planning the next stage of the Angliss Hospital expansion at Upper Ferntree Gully, which will provide additional hospital beds, upgrade infrastructure and support the re-accommodation of clinical functions. Delivering on our commitment to create five new children’s emergency departments, a share of $5.9 million will kick start planning on the dedicated new space at Maroondah Hospital, giving local parents peace of mind that their kids will get the calm and compassionate care in the moments that matter most. We promised to put power back in the hands of Victorians. And through our landmark Solar Homes program that’s exactly what we’re doing. This year’s Budget delivers on the Labor Government’s positive plan for solar, investing $1.3 billion, to make sure more Victorians can take control and cut their power bills. This includes rolling out solar panels, solar hot water or solar batteries to 770,000 homes over the next decade, expanding the program to renters and ensuring the safety and sustainability of the rollout, with funding for training, safety and quality audits.

DELIVERING FOR MONBULK

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its promises and delivering for the people of Monbulk, with major investments in local schools, roads, health and public transport in the Victorian Budget 2019/20. As part of a massive $1.8 billion investment in schools around the state, this year’s Budget includes $7.1 million to make sure students at Monbulk Primary School have the learning spaces they deserve. This upgrade will deliver a brand-new library, a new Grade 5 and 6 building and two new competition-grade outdoor netball courts, which will also be used by the Monbulk Football Netball Club after school hours. Students and teachers at Upwey High School are also set to benefit from this year’s Budget, with the Labor Government delivering $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 Labor Government to upgrade the school. Funding of $935,000 will go towards planning and early work ahead of upgrades at Monbulk College. This investment is the first step in delivering the final major stage of their masterplan, which includes a new STEM and trades building and a new home economics building, making sure our next generation have the next generation of skills. Students and their families in Monbulk will also benefit from a $3.45 million investment which will allow the Yarra Ranges Special Developmental School to refurbish and modernise facilities at the school, including new administration facilities. This builds on the $500,000 already provided by the Labor Government for upgrades at the school. As part of our transformation of training, we are making local TAFE facilities better than they have ever been, with a $10.2 million investment to deliver a new integrated and sustainable construction centre at the Box Hill Institute’s Lilydale campus, focusing on carpentry, plumbing and electrical training. This investment builds on the Labor Government’s Free TAFE initiative, which is giving thousands of Victorians the opportunity to learn the skills they need building our state and caring for our community. The Labor Government is determined to make sure our kids are ready for school and set for life, delivering on our commitment to begin the rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. Thanks to an $882 million Budget investment, we will ensure that every three-year-old has access to at least five hours per week of subsidised kinder by 2022 – increasing to 15 hours per week. A further $28.5 million will see early childhood added to the list of Free TAFE courses, reducing financial barriers for students, encouraging enrolment and supporting the Labor Government’s rollout of universal three-year-old kinder. With funding provided to local councils and eligible providers, this investment will make sure our kids are getting the best start in life. Because every Victorian should be able to get the care they need when they need it, this year’s Budget includes $81.6 million for delivery of a new 120-bed aged care facility at Wantirna Health, including 60 high-care beds and 60 aged care mental health beds. It will complement the existing geriatric medicine hospital and palliative care services already offered at the site, creating a healthcare hub for older residents in Melbourne’s East. We have also allocated $4.6 million to begin planning the next stage of the Angliss Hospital expansion at Upper Ferntree Gully, which will provide additional hospital beds, upgrade infrastructure and support the re-accommodation of clinical functions. Delivering on our commitment to create five new children’s emergency departments, a share of $5.9 million will kick start planning on the dedicated new space at Maroondah Hospital, giving local parents peace of mind that their kids will get the calm and compassionate care in the moments that matter most. We promised to put power back in the hands of Victorians. And through our landmark Solar Homes program that’s exactly what we’re doing. This year’s Budget delivers on the Labor Government’s positive plan for solar, investing $1.3 billion, to make sure more Victorians can take control and cut their power bills. This includes rolling out solar panels, solar hot water or solar batteries to 770,000 homes over the next decade, expanding the program to renters and ensuring the safety and sustainability of the rollout, with funding for training, safety and quality audits.