• 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.

  • GETTING RID OF TWO MORE LEVEL CROSSINGS IN MELBOURNE’S EAST

    The Andrews Labor Government will build rail bridges to remove two more dangerous and congested level crossings in Melbourne’s East. Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan joined Member for Monbulk James Merlino to reveal designs for the Manchester Road, Mooroolbark and Maroondah Highway, Lilydale level crossing removals.

  • 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.

  • MORE CAR PARKS AT BELGRAVE STATION A STEP CLOSER

    Geotechnical works will take place at Belgrave Station car park from next week, as the Andrews Labor Government gets on with building more spaces for passengers to park.

  • 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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Mental Health Support For More Secondary Students

Secondary school students in Melbourne’s north-west and the Central Highlands will soon have access to the school-based mental health support they need, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that more schools across Victoria will receive support under the Mental Health Practitioners initiative which is aimed at improving mental health outcomes for students in Victorian secondary schools. The $51.2 million initiative, which started in July last year, has so far provided funding for 120 secondary school campuses to recruit a suitably qualified mental health professional, with a further 32 secondary school campuses in Hume Moreland and Central Highlands to receive funding in Term 3 and 69 secondary school campuses in Melbourne’s south and west in Term 4. Once fully rolled out, the initiative will see suitably qualified mental health professionals in every government secondary school campus across the state, including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses. Mental health practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, and act as coordinating support for students with complex needs, linking them with broader allied community and health services. All government secondary schools will receive between one and five days a week of support from a mental health practitioner depending on its size and requirements. This builds on the $65.5 million investment in student health and wellbeing initiatives in schools, including the Victorian Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Initiative, the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support program, as well as increased investment in allied health and nursing services. The Victorian Government established a landmark Royal Commission into Mental Health and will implement every one of its recommendations. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Too many young people experience mental health challenges – this will make it easier for people to access the support they need.”  “We know that when our kids are happy and well supported, they can focus on their learning and have the best opportunity to succeed in education and excel in life.” Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “We will implement every recommendation of the landmark Royal Commission into Mental Health and keep delivering practical support that Victorians need now.” Download the Media Release (212 KB)

Mental Health Support For More Secondary Students

Secondary school students in Melbourne’s north-west and the Central Highlands will soon have access to the school-based mental health support they need, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that more schools across Victoria will receive support under the Mental Health Practitioners initiative which is aimed at improving mental health outcomes for students in Victorian secondary schools. The $51.2 million initiative, which started in July last year, has so far provided funding for 120 secondary school campuses to recruit a suitably qualified mental health professional, with a further 32 secondary school campuses in Hume Moreland and Central Highlands to receive funding in Term 3 and 69 secondary school campuses in Melbourne’s south and west in Term 4. Once fully rolled out, the initiative will see suitably qualified mental health professionals in every government secondary school campus across the state, including psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists and mental health nurses. Mental health practitioners offer counselling and early intervention services, and act as coordinating support for students with complex needs, linking them with broader allied community and health services. All government secondary schools will receive between one and five days a week of support from a mental health practitioner depending on its size and requirements. This builds on the $65.5 million investment in student health and wellbeing initiatives in schools, including the Victorian Anti-Bullying and Mental Health Initiative, the School-Wide Positive Behaviour Support program, as well as increased investment in allied health and nursing services. The Victorian Government established a landmark Royal Commission into Mental Health and will implement every one of its recommendations. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Too many young people experience mental health challenges – this will make it easier for people to access the support they need.”  “We know that when our kids are happy and well supported, they can focus on their learning and have the best opportunity to succeed in education and excel in life.” Quote attributable to Minister for Mental Health Martin Foley “We will implement every recommendation of the landmark Royal Commission into Mental Health and keep delivering practical support that Victorians need now.” Download the Media Release (212 KB)

School Building Boom Continues Across Victoria

Families in Victoria’s fastest growing areas are a step closer to getting the state-of-the-art schools they deserve, with the appointment of new principals at all 14 schools opening in 2021 and commencement of community consultation to name the new schools. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the site of the new Docklands Primary School (interim name) with newly appointed foundation principal, Adam Bright, to inspect works on the three-storey vertical school. Construction is well underway ahead of it opening next year, with internal works having recently started. The exceptional new school will cater for 525 students and include modern classrooms, a library, music and arts rooms, a competition-grade indoor court for basketball and netball and outdoor learning terraces. An on-site early learning centre with two kindergarten rooms and 66 kindergarten places will also be included. It is one of 14 new schools and campuses opening next year across Cardinia, Casey, Greater Geelong, Hume, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Melton, Whittlesea and Wyndham. Consultation today opened for the naming of the new schools, with the Andrews Labor Government seeking the community’s input to help find a name for each school that reflects its unique identity, inspires local pride and that makes the school easily locatable. The consultation period will run until 15 July. To have their say, community members can visit engage.vic.gov.au/2021-school-naming The foundation principals have now been appointed for all new schools and will select talented and committed staff and build relationships with local families and the community. The Labor Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Right across the state we’re building new schools so every child has the chance to get a great education, no matter where they live.” “We’ve now appointed the foundation principals for all new schools opening next year and I’m excited to see how these schools take shape.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Nazih Elasmar “Modern and innovative schools like Docklands Primary School and others across the state will give families access to the first-rate school facilities they deserve.” Download the Media Release (212 KB)

School Building Boom Continues Across Victoria

Families in Victoria’s fastest growing areas are a step closer to getting the state-of-the-art schools they deserve, with the appointment of new principals at all 14 schools opening in 2021 and commencement of community consultation to name the new schools. Minister for Education James Merlino today visited the site of the new Docklands Primary School (interim name) with newly appointed foundation principal, Adam Bright, to inspect works on the three-storey vertical school. Construction is well underway ahead of it opening next year, with internal works having recently started. The exceptional new school will cater for 525 students and include modern classrooms, a library, music and arts rooms, a competition-grade indoor court for basketball and netball and outdoor learning terraces. An on-site early learning centre with two kindergarten rooms and 66 kindergarten places will also be included. It is one of 14 new schools and campuses opening next year across Cardinia, Casey, Greater Geelong, Hume, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Melton, Whittlesea and Wyndham. Consultation today opened for the naming of the new schools, with the Andrews Labor Government seeking the community’s input to help find a name for each school that reflects its unique identity, inspires local pride and that makes the school easily locatable. The consultation period will run until 15 July. To have their say, community members can visit engage.vic.gov.au/2021-school-naming The foundation principals have now been appointed for all new schools and will select talented and committed staff and build relationships with local families and the community. The Labor Government is investing an unprecedented $7.2 billion in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Right across the state we’re building new schools so every child has the chance to get a great education, no matter where they live.” “We’ve now appointed the foundation principals for all new schools opening next year and I’m excited to see how these schools take shape.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Nazih Elasmar “Modern and innovative schools like Docklands Primary School and others across the state will give families access to the first-rate school facilities they deserve.” Download the Media Release (212 KB)

Keeping Sessional Kinder Fees Low For Term 3

The Andrews Labor Government will continue to reduce the cost of sessional kindergarten for families and provide kinders with extra cleaning for all of Term 3 as part of a $45 million support package during the coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Education James Merlino announced the funding will provide $230 per child for Term 3, which is expected to save parents approximately half the cost of average kindergarten fees. This will mean that on average families will only pay $23 a week for sessional kindergarten in Term 3. These programs will also remain free for those who have a Commonwealth Health Care Card, identify as Aboriginal, or hold a refugee or asylum seeker visa under the existing Kindergarten Fee Subsidy program This reduced-fee kinder program will be available for community-based, local government and school providers that are offering funded sessional programs and are not covered by the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper program. A second round of cleaning grants will also be provided to all early childhood services delivering a funded kinder program to boost their cleaning and hygiene, including $900 grants for services with less than 50 enrolments and $1,500 for those with 50 or more enrolments. Service providers will have flexibility in how to use this funding as long as it is spent on meeting the enhanced cleaning and hygiene required during this pandemic. The Labor Government announced free kinder for Term 2 to give sessional kinder services funding certainty during a time they saw a significant decline in enrolment numbers. Attendances are now building back to normal levels, and this additional support will assist with re-establishing full attendance in Term 3. Early childhood education and care services are continuing to operate, in line with advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. Further guidance on measures to maintain the health and safety of children and staff can be found on the DHHS website. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re saving families hundreds of dollars and ensuring Victorian children can go to kinder and receive the crucial early childhood education they deserve.” “While early childhood staff are doing a brilliant job supporting children and their families, we’re providing kinder services with extra funding to help maintain high standards of cleaning and hygiene.” Download the Media Release (213 KB)

Keeping Sessional Kinder Fees Low For Term 3

The Andrews Labor Government will continue to reduce the cost of sessional kindergarten for families and provide kinders with extra cleaning for all of Term 3 as part of a $45 million support package during the coronavirus pandemic. Minister for Education James Merlino announced the funding will provide $230 per child for Term 3, which is expected to save parents approximately half the cost of average kindergarten fees. This will mean that on average families will only pay $23 a week for sessional kindergarten in Term 3. These programs will also remain free for those who have a Commonwealth Health Care Card, identify as Aboriginal, or hold a refugee or asylum seeker visa under the existing Kindergarten Fee Subsidy program This reduced-fee kinder program will be available for community-based, local government and school providers that are offering funded sessional programs and are not covered by the Commonwealth’s JobKeeper program. A second round of cleaning grants will also be provided to all early childhood services delivering a funded kinder program to boost their cleaning and hygiene, including $900 grants for services with less than 50 enrolments and $1,500 for those with 50 or more enrolments. Service providers will have flexibility in how to use this funding as long as it is spent on meeting the enhanced cleaning and hygiene required during this pandemic. The Labor Government announced free kinder for Term 2 to give sessional kinder services funding certainty during a time they saw a significant decline in enrolment numbers. Attendances are now building back to normal levels, and this additional support will assist with re-establishing full attendance in Term 3. Early childhood education and care services are continuing to operate, in line with advice from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee. Further guidance on measures to maintain the health and safety of children and staff can be found on the DHHS website. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re saving families hundreds of dollars and ensuring Victorian children can go to kinder and receive the crucial early childhood education they deserve.” “While early childhood staff are doing a brilliant job supporting children and their families, we’re providing kinder services with extra funding to help maintain high standards of cleaning and hygiene.” Download the Media Release (213 KB)

Applications Open For Greener Government School Buildings

The Andrews Labor Government will put solar panels on government schools, helping them become more environmentally sustainable and reduce electricity costs. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened applications for the Greener Government School Buildings program to install solar panels systems at Victorian government schools. Applications are now open to all government schools to fund a system at their school, with projects expected to be completed by mid-2021. The Greener Government School Buildings program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and to upgrade school facilities to become more energy efficient and sustainable. Solar panels are strategic investments that will pay for themselves within a few years. This program will remove the upfront costs of installing a system that may otherwise discourage schools from pursuing this option. The Greener Government School Buildings program follows the success of a pilot program rolled out across 42 schools in 2019. By October 2020, the solar panels installed in schools as part of the pilot will have generated more than 1,300 megawatts of electricity, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,600 tonnes and saved schools more than $300,000 in electricity bills. Schools can apply for a solar panel system at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Applications close on 7 August. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re taking action to make our schools more sustainable and more energy efficient.” “Not only will the environment benefit from this program – installing solar panel systems will help reduce power bills for our schools.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This program is another practical way we are helping reduce emissions and do our bit for the environment.” Download the Media Release (209 KB)

Applications Open For Greener Government School Buildings

The Andrews Labor Government will put solar panels on government schools, helping them become more environmentally sustainable and reduce electricity costs. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened applications for the Greener Government School Buildings program to install solar panels systems at Victorian government schools. Applications are now open to all government schools to fund a system at their school, with projects expected to be completed by mid-2021. The Greener Government School Buildings program aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at schools and to upgrade school facilities to become more energy efficient and sustainable. Solar panels are strategic investments that will pay for themselves within a few years. This program will remove the upfront costs of installing a system that may otherwise discourage schools from pursuing this option. The Greener Government School Buildings program follows the success of a pilot program rolled out across 42 schools in 2019. By October 2020, the solar panels installed in schools as part of the pilot will have generated more than 1,300 megawatts of electricity, reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than 1,600 tonnes and saved schools more than $300,000 in electricity bills. Schools can apply for a solar panel system at www.schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au. Applications close on 7 August. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re taking action to make our schools more sustainable and more energy efficient.” “Not only will the environment benefit from this program – installing solar panel systems will help reduce power bills for our schools.” Quote attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio “This program is another practical way we are helping reduce emissions and do our bit for the environment.” Download the Media Release (209 KB)

More Support For Victorian Parents

Victorian parents and carers now have access to additional evidence-based practical advice and ideas to help their children’s learning, development and wellbeing. Parents of two-year-old and three-year-old children can sign up to Play Learn Grow, a free and new evidence-based program developed in collaboration with parenting experts. Minister for Education James Merlino announced the Victorian Government is investing up to $400,000 to extend a successful trial, which ran from January this year, to make Play Learn Grow available for more Victorian families. Participants who sign up to the free program receive three text messages a week with information and activities they can do with their children at home. The program has been developed by leading early childhood experts including the Parenting Research Centre and follows successful trials overseas. It also supports parent and carer wellbeing as they balance a range of commitments while supporting their child. Play Learn Grow is a time-limited program that will run over the coming months. Parents and carers can sign up now by visiting www.parenting.vic.gov.au/playlearngrow. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an Australian-first, the Victorian Government is also investing almost $5 billion over this decade to deliver universally funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, with the roll-out starting this year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Play Learn Grow gives parents the advice and resources they need to support their child’slearning, development and wellbeing.” “The trial has shown that a program like this can be useful for parents and that is why we are expanding it to enable more parents to see the benefits.” Download the Media Release (203 KB)

More Support For Victorian Parents

Victorian parents and carers now have access to additional evidence-based practical advice and ideas to help their children’s learning, development and wellbeing. Parents of two-year-old and three-year-old children can sign up to Play Learn Grow, a free and new evidence-based program developed in collaboration with parenting experts. Minister for Education James Merlino announced the Victorian Government is investing up to $400,000 to extend a successful trial, which ran from January this year, to make Play Learn Grow available for more Victorian families. Participants who sign up to the free program receive three text messages a week with information and activities they can do with their children at home. The program has been developed by leading early childhood experts including the Parenting Research Centre and follows successful trials overseas. It also supports parent and carer wellbeing as they balance a range of commitments while supporting their child. Play Learn Grow is a time-limited program that will run over the coming months. Parents and carers can sign up now by visiting www.parenting.vic.gov.au/playlearngrow. Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. That’s why, in an Australian-first, the Victorian Government is also investing almost $5 billion over this decade to deliver universally funded Three-Year-Old Kindergarten, with the roll-out starting this year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Play Learn Grow gives parents the advice and resources they need to support their child’slearning, development and wellbeing.” “The trial has shown that a program like this can be useful for parents and that is why we are expanding it to enable more parents to see the benefits.” Download the Media Release (203 KB)

Fitzroy Gasworks School Campus A Step Closer For Families

Families in Melbourne’s inner north are a step closer to having a new senior secondary college campus. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today released designs of the new Fitzroy Gasworks School’s façade and announced early site works are now underway. The campus will accommodate senior students from Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College and is one of 14 new schools and campuses set to open in 2022 under the Andrews Labor Government’s school building boom. This school will be one of seven vertical schools being rolled out by the Labor Government since 2017 which include Docklands Primary School, Fishermans Bend Secondary School, Prahran High School, Richmond High School, South Melbourne Primary School, and a new campus for McKinnon Secondary College. Watpac Construction has been appointed to build the new campus with construction to start in the next few months. Once complete, it will include state-of-the-art learning spaces, an arts and performance space, a digital design and technology hub, a wood and metal workspace, indoor sports courts, and a rooftop terrace outdoor court and activity space. The Fitzroy Gasworks is an important part of Fitzroy North’s heritage – with the school campus part of plans to re-energise the former industrial site. The Gasworks site will serve the community well due to its proximity to public transport, open space and established community facilities. The Labor Government’s vision for the site is an urban village that includes a school campus, new housing, and open space with the local community closely involved in planning to help deliver the best outcome for the site and neighbourhood. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school where students can achieve their best. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. For more information visit: schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This new campus is yet another great example of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” “We are building a world-class education system to make sure that every child, no matter where they live, can make the most out of school and get the best start in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne “This new senior school campus will revitalise the local area and ensure local students get the best quality education.” Download the Media Release (211 KB)

Fitzroy Gasworks School Campus A Step Closer For Families

Families in Melbourne’s inner north are a step closer to having a new senior secondary college campus. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today released designs of the new Fitzroy Gasworks School’s façade and announced early site works are now underway. The campus will accommodate senior students from Fitzroy High School and Collingwood College and is one of 14 new schools and campuses set to open in 2022 under the Andrews Labor Government’s school building boom. This school will be one of seven vertical schools being rolled out by the Labor Government since 2017 which include Docklands Primary School, Fishermans Bend Secondary School, Prahran High School, Richmond High School, South Melbourne Primary School, and a new campus for McKinnon Secondary College. Watpac Construction has been appointed to build the new campus with construction to start in the next few months. Once complete, it will include state-of-the-art learning spaces, an arts and performance space, a digital design and technology hub, a wood and metal workspace, indoor sports courts, and a rooftop terrace outdoor court and activity space. The Fitzroy Gasworks is an important part of Fitzroy North’s heritage – with the school campus part of plans to re-energise the former industrial site. The Gasworks site will serve the community well due to its proximity to public transport, open space and established community facilities. The Labor Government’s vision for the site is an urban village that includes a school campus, new housing, and open space with the local community closely involved in planning to help deliver the best outcome for the site and neighbourhood. Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child can access a great local school where students can achieve their best. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. For more information visit: schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This new campus is yet another great example of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.” “We are building a world-class education system to make sure that every child, no matter where they live, can make the most out of school and get the best start in life.” Quote attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne “This new senior school campus will revitalise the local area and ensure local students get the best quality education.” Download the Media Release (211 KB)

All Students Back In The Classroom

Schools across Victoria are today welcoming back around 618,000 students in Years 3 to 10 as part of the final step of returning to face-to-face teaching and learning. Around 389,000 government school students are returning to school today, along with approximately 229,000 students from independent and Catholic schools. The staged return to school has allowed the Chief Health Officer to monitor the effects on the increased movement of people and transmission of coronavirus within the community. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced schools that will be able to apply for a new $20 million Minor Capital Works Fund which will fund shovel-ready projects at government schools across Victoria. Schools can now apply for grants of up to $500,000 to modernise and improve learning spaces and boost the condition and character of the school. Examples of eligible projects include upgrades to classrooms, sports ovals and toilets as well as the installation of new playground equipment, bike sheds, fencing and basketball and netball rings. The fund is part of the more than $2.7 billion Building Works package recently announced by the Victorian Government which included $1.18 billion for the education infrastructure construction and will create jobs for Victorians. With face-to-face learning resuming, schools have implemented staggered drop-off and pick-ups to reduce the number of adults around school grounds at any one time, as well as staggered break times to manage the number of students mixing across year levels. All schools will implement physical distancing measures for their staff, and school staff have been prioritised for voluntary coronavirus testing in the lead-up to today’s return to on-site schooling. The Victorian Government is also investing up to $45 million for increased daily cleaning at every government school for the rest of Term 2 and 3. The Victorian Government recently announced that a summit will be held to discuss lessons learnt and investigate what improvements can be made to the education system after the experience of remote and flexible learning. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Going back to the classroom will be a welcome change for students, teachers and families who have all done an excellent job while students learnt from home.” “Having students learning from home has made a significant contribution to slowing the spread of coronavirus in our community and helped save lives.” “This extra infrastructure funding will mean even more local schools will share in the largest investment in school infrastructure in Victoria’s history.” Download the Media Release (214 KB)

All Students Back In The Classroom

Schools across Victoria are today welcoming back around 618,000 students in Years 3 to 10 as part of the final step of returning to face-to-face teaching and learning. Around 389,000 government school students are returning to school today, along with approximately 229,000 students from independent and Catholic schools. The staged return to school has allowed the Chief Health Officer to monitor the effects on the increased movement of people and transmission of coronavirus within the community. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced schools that will be able to apply for a new $20 million Minor Capital Works Fund which will fund shovel-ready projects at government schools across Victoria. Schools can now apply for grants of up to $500,000 to modernise and improve learning spaces and boost the condition and character of the school. Examples of eligible projects include upgrades to classrooms, sports ovals and toilets as well as the installation of new playground equipment, bike sheds, fencing and basketball and netball rings. The fund is part of the more than $2.7 billion Building Works package recently announced by the Victorian Government which included $1.18 billion for the education infrastructure construction and will create jobs for Victorians. With face-to-face learning resuming, schools have implemented staggered drop-off and pick-ups to reduce the number of adults around school grounds at any one time, as well as staggered break times to manage the number of students mixing across year levels. All schools will implement physical distancing measures for their staff, and school staff have been prioritised for voluntary coronavirus testing in the lead-up to today’s return to on-site schooling. The Victorian Government is also investing up to $45 million for increased daily cleaning at every government school for the rest of Term 2 and 3. The Victorian Government recently announced that a summit will be held to discuss lessons learnt and investigate what improvements can be made to the education system after the experience of remote and flexible learning. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Going back to the classroom will be a welcome change for students, teachers and families who have all done an excellent job while students learnt from home.” “Having students learning from home has made a significant contribution to slowing the spread of coronavirus in our community and helped save lives.” “This extra infrastructure funding will mean even more local schools will share in the largest investment in school infrastructure in Victoria’s history.” Download the Media Release (214 KB)

Have Your Say On Remote And Flexible Learning

Principals, teachers, parents and students are being encouraged to have their say on remote and flexible learning, to gain insights into how our education system can be improved from this unprecedented experience. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened a community consultation survey ahead of a summit, to be held in July, to discuss lessons learnt and investigate what improvements can be made to the education system as a result of the remote teaching and learning period. The summit will be held in July to allow time for Victorians to contribute their experiences. The summit will follow an independent analysis of remote learning at schools across the state, and bring together education leaders from the government, Catholic and independent school sectors. Victorian government primary, secondary and specialist schools moved to remote and flexible learning and teaching at the start of Term 2 to slow the spread of coronavirus, following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer. Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson and Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Sonya Kilkenny are also producing reports on the remote learning experience. The community survey, independent analysis and the Parliamentary Secretary reports will all contribute to the findings from the summit. Students returned to school from 26 May, when around 391,000 Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2, specialist school students and VCE and VCAL students transitioned back to face-to-face learning, with Grade 3-Year 10 students returning to classrooms today. While remote learning presented challenges, a significant number of schools reported benefits during remote learning for students who have previously been disengaged or distracted in the classroom, and for high-ability students who have been able to learn at their own pace. Some students whose learning has been affected by anxiety or other mental health conditions have also shown significant benefits from remote learning. To have your say, visit: https://engage.vic.gov.au/lessons-remote-and-flexible-learning Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I encourage all Victorian teachers, students and their families to have their say. This is a real opportunity to improve our education system and learn from the remote teaching and learning experience.” “This summit will bring our school sectors together to report back about the benefits and challenges of remote learning.” “We know that there have been many positives from this experience, and we have a responsibility to learn from them.” Download the Media Release (207 KB)

Have Your Say On Remote And Flexible Learning

Principals, teachers, parents and students are being encouraged to have their say on remote and flexible learning, to gain insights into how our education system can be improved from this unprecedented experience. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened a community consultation survey ahead of a summit, to be held in July, to discuss lessons learnt and investigate what improvements can be made to the education system as a result of the remote teaching and learning period. The summit will be held in July to allow time for Victorians to contribute their experiences. The summit will follow an independent analysis of remote learning at schools across the state, and bring together education leaders from the government, Catholic and independent school sectors. Victorian government primary, secondary and specialist schools moved to remote and flexible learning and teaching at the start of Term 2 to slow the spread of coronavirus, following advice from the Victorian Chief Health Officer. Parliamentary Secretary for Schools Tim Richardson and Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Sonya Kilkenny are also producing reports on the remote learning experience. The community survey, independent analysis and the Parliamentary Secretary reports will all contribute to the findings from the summit. Students returned to school from 26 May, when around 391,000 Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2, specialist school students and VCE and VCAL students transitioned back to face-to-face learning, with Grade 3-Year 10 students returning to classrooms today. While remote learning presented challenges, a significant number of schools reported benefits during remote learning for students who have previously been disengaged or distracted in the classroom, and for high-ability students who have been able to learn at their own pace. Some students whose learning has been affected by anxiety or other mental health conditions have also shown significant benefits from remote learning. To have your say, visit: https://engage.vic.gov.au/lessons-remote-and-flexible-learning Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I encourage all Victorian teachers, students and their families to have their say. This is a real opportunity to improve our education system and learn from the remote teaching and learning experience.” “This summit will bring our school sectors together to report back about the benefits and challenges of remote learning.” “We know that there have been many positives from this experience, and we have a responsibility to learn from them.” Download the Media Release (207 KB)

 

Consultation Open On New Mallacoota Kindergarten

The local Mallacoota community are invited to have their say on the new kindergarten after the old building suffered significant damage during the bushfires. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today opened community consultation to find out what the community wants in their new kindergarten. The Victorian Government has worked with East Gippsland Shire Council and Mallacoota P-12 College to develop two options – rebuilding the kindergarten on the existing Greer Street site, or creating a larger two-room modular facility at Mallacoota P-12 College. Both options include high-quality fit-for-purpose facilities with outdoor play spaces and landscaping. The Victorian Government has partnered with key stakeholders including the East Gippsland Shire Council, the service provider, the Parents Advisory Group and Mallacoota P-12 College to deliver the new kindergarten options. The Victorian Government has provided $2.5 million to establish or reinstate a purpose-built kindergarten building in Mallacoota, as soon as possible. Families at Mallacoota Kindergarten will also be eligible for a bushfire Kindergarten Fee Subsidy so local children can attend Four-Year-Old Kindergarten programs for free. Additional financial assistance has also been provided to the service to support the delivery of the kindergarten program, including replacing damaged toys and books and engaging additional staff. In an Australian-first, the Victorian Government has committed nearly $5 billion to deliver a full 15 hours of Three-Year-Old Kinder to every Victorian child over this decade, with the roll-out already underway. East Gippsland Shire will receive up to 15 hours of Three and Four-Year-Old Kinder from next year. The consultation period begins on Tuesday June 2 and will run until Tuesday June 16. Members of the community can have their say by visiting: engage.vic.gov.au/mallacoota-kindergarten-rebuild Community members can also complete the survey over the phone, or request a hard copy and a self-addressed envelope from the Victorian School Building Authority on 1800 896 950. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want families and the local community to let us know what’s important to them in building the new Mallacoota kindergarten.”  “These bushfires have devastated many communities in Victoria and we’re doing everything we can to support our kinder-aged children and their families.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Delivering a new kindergarten for Mallacoota will ensure local families can access good quality education in their community.” Download the Media Release (209 KB)

Consultation Open On New Mallacoota Kindergarten

The local Mallacoota community are invited to have their say on the new kindergarten after the old building suffered significant damage during the bushfires. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today opened community consultation to find out what the community wants in their new kindergarten. The Victorian Government has worked with East Gippsland Shire Council and Mallacoota P-12 College to develop two options – rebuilding the kindergarten on the existing Greer Street site, or creating a larger two-room modular facility at Mallacoota P-12 College. Both options include high-quality fit-for-purpose facilities with outdoor play spaces and landscaping. The Victorian Government has partnered with key stakeholders including the East Gippsland Shire Council, the service provider, the Parents Advisory Group and Mallacoota P-12 College to deliver the new kindergarten options. The Victorian Government has provided $2.5 million to establish or reinstate a purpose-built kindergarten building in Mallacoota, as soon as possible. Families at Mallacoota Kindergarten will also be eligible for a bushfire Kindergarten Fee Subsidy so local children can attend Four-Year-Old Kindergarten programs for free. Additional financial assistance has also been provided to the service to support the delivery of the kindergarten program, including replacing damaged toys and books and engaging additional staff. In an Australian-first, the Victorian Government has committed nearly $5 billion to deliver a full 15 hours of Three-Year-Old Kinder to every Victorian child over this decade, with the roll-out already underway. East Gippsland Shire will receive up to 15 hours of Three and Four-Year-Old Kinder from next year. The consultation period begins on Tuesday June 2 and will run until Tuesday June 16. Members of the community can have their say by visiting: engage.vic.gov.au/mallacoota-kindergarten-rebuild Community members can also complete the survey over the phone, or request a hard copy and a self-addressed envelope from the Victorian School Building Authority on 1800 896 950. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We want families and the local community to let us know what’s important to them in building the new Mallacoota kindergarten.”  “These bushfires have devastated many communities in Victoria and we’re doing everything we can to support our kinder-aged children and their families.” Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett “Delivering a new kindergarten for Mallacoota will ensure local families can access good quality education in their community.” Download the Media Release (209 KB)

Awards Recognise Victoria’s Early Years Professionals

Victorians are encouraged to recognise the outstanding work of early years professionals in improving the lives of young children by nominating an individual or organisation for a Victorian Early Years Award. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced nominations for this year’s awards are open, and called on families, early childhood professionals and early years organisations to nominate themselves or others. Now in their 15th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards recognise, reward and celebrate individuals and organisations, and highlight those taking action to improve outcomes within the early years sector. In 2020, the awards celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including improving access and participation, supporting parents and promoting children’s health and wellbeing, as well as the prestigious Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Award winners receive up to $15,000 to further develop and share the lessons of their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. Early childhood education and care has never been more important than it is now, during the coronavirus pandemic. Services are continuing to operate to support Victorian children and families during this challenging time. In an Australian first, the Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion over this decade to deliver universally funded Three-Year-Old-Kindergarten. Nominations for the awards close on Monday 6 July, with finalists announced in September ahead of the awards ceremony expected to be held in November. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria is home to many passionate early years professionals, and exceptional early years services – these awards are about giving them the recognition they deserve.” “This year’s Victorian Early Years Awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the people, organisations and services that help Victorian children to get the best start in life.” Download the Media Release (209 KB)

Awards Recognise Victoria’s Early Years Professionals

Victorians are encouraged to recognise the outstanding work of early years professionals in improving the lives of young children by nominating an individual or organisation for a Victorian Early Years Award. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced nominations for this year’s awards are open, and called on families, early childhood professionals and early years organisations to nominate themselves or others. Now in their 15th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards recognise, reward and celebrate individuals and organisations, and highlight those taking action to improve outcomes within the early years sector. In 2020, the awards celebrate the achievements and commitment of early childhood professionals across seven award categories, including improving access and participation, supporting parents and promoting children’s health and wellbeing, as well as the prestigious Early Childhood Teacher of the Year. Award winners receive up to $15,000 to further develop and share the lessons of their exceptional work in kindergartens, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. Early childhood education and care has never been more important than it is now, during the coronavirus pandemic. Services are continuing to operate to support Victorian children and families during this challenging time. In an Australian first, the Victorian Government is investing almost $5 billion over this decade to deliver universally funded Three-Year-Old-Kindergarten. Nominations for the awards close on Monday 6 July, with finalists announced in September ahead of the awards ceremony expected to be held in November. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Victoria is home to many passionate early years professionals, and exceptional early years services – these awards are about giving them the recognition they deserve.” “This year’s Victorian Early Years Awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the people, organisations and services that help Victorian children to get the best start in life.” Download the Media Release (209 KB)

More Than 70 Victorian Schools To Benefit From Funding

Students at 78 schools across the state will share in close to $6 million of funding, for works at their schools thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the schools would share in an extra $5.94 million from the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP) to boost maintenance of the schools. Schools will receive funding to carry out works such as painting, resurfacing floors, replacing windows, fixing roofs, as well as resurfacing outdoors paths and stairs. The PMP provides funding for vital maintenance activities based on need. A new evaluation system was put in place in 2018 to provide more precise information on the condition of school infrastructure to create timely and targeted allocation of PMP funding. Last year, every Victorian school shared in $515 million as part of the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken. This funding is ensuring existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. Today’s investment is in addition to the more than $7.2 billion already invested in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This investment is about making sure all Victorian schools are well maintained and safe, so students learn in the best possible environment.” “Though our record investment in school infrastructure, we’re delivering for our hard-working school principals, teachers and staff, as well as students and families.” Download the Media Release (207 KB)

More Than 70 Victorian Schools To Benefit From Funding

Students at 78 schools across the state will share in close to $6 million of funding, for works at their schools thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the schools would share in an extra $5.94 million from the Planned Maintenance Program (PMP) to boost maintenance of the schools. Schools will receive funding to carry out works such as painting, resurfacing floors, replacing windows, fixing roofs, as well as resurfacing outdoors paths and stairs. The PMP provides funding for vital maintenance activities based on need. A new evaluation system was put in place in 2018 to provide more precise information on the condition of school infrastructure to create timely and targeted allocation of PMP funding. Last year, every Victorian school shared in $515 million as part of the single largest boost to school maintenance ever undertaken. This funding is ensuring existing buildings at Victoria’s 1,500 state schools are safe, modern and properly maintained. Today’s investment is in addition to the more than $7.2 billion already invested in Victorian school infrastructure, which is delivering more than 1,460 school upgrades and 100 new schools by 2026 – ensuring every child can access a great local school where they can achieve their best. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This investment is about making sure all Victorian schools are well maintained and safe, so students learn in the best possible environment.” “Though our record investment in school infrastructure, we’re delivering for our hard-working school principals, teachers and staff, as well as students and families.” Download the Media Release (207 KB)

First Wave Of Students Back In The Classroom

Schools across Victoria today welcomed back around 400,000 students as part of a staged return to classroom teaching. Minister For Education James Merlino congratulated principals, teachers, school staff, students and families for their incredible efforts to make remote learning work, and announced a summit to discuss lessons learnt and investigate what improvements can be made to the education system as a result of the remote learning experience. While remote learning has presented challenges, a significant number of schools also reported benefits from remote learning – for students who have previously been disengaged or distracted in the classroom, and for high-ability students who have been able to learn at their own pace. Some students whose learning has been affected by anxiety or other mental health conditions have also shown significant benefits from remote learning. The summit will be held in June, following an independent analysis of the experience at schools across the state, and bring together education leaders from the government, Catholic and independent school sectors. Around 257,000 government school students from Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2, VCE and VCAL, and specialist schools returned to classrooms today – the first step in all students returning for face-to-face learning on 9  June. Until then, most Grade 3 to Year 10 students will continue learning remotely, allowing the Chief Health Officer to monitor and evaluate the effects the return to school by other year levels has on the increased movement of people and transmission of coronavirus within the community. As students return to on-site learning, schools are implementing staggered drop-off and pick-ups to reduce the number of adults around school grounds at any one time, as well as staggered break times to manage the number of students mixing across year levels. All schools will implement physical distancing measures for their staff, and school staff have been prioritised for voluntary coronavirus testing in the lead-up to today’s return to on-site schooling. The Victorian Government is also investing up to $45 million for increased daily cleaning at every government school for the rest of Term 2 and 3. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Remote learning hasn’t been easy, but I couldn’t be prouder of how our principals, teachers, support staff, students and families have responded to the challenge.” “The advice from the Chief Health Officer is for students to begin a phased return to face-to-face learning – and that’s what’s happening today. Having close to a million students learning from home has made a huge contribution to limiting the number of people moving around the community and reducing the spread of the virus.” “This is a real opportunity to improve our education system and learn lessons from this remote learning experience. This summit will be a way for all of our school sectors to come together and report back about the benefits they experienced.” Download the Media Release (212 KB)

First Wave Of Students Back In The Classroom

Schools across Victoria today welcomed back around 400,000 students as part of a staged return to classroom teaching. Minister For Education James Merlino congratulated principals, teachers, school staff, students and families for their incredible efforts to make remote learning work, and announced a summit to discuss lessons learnt and investigate what improvements can be made to the education system as a result of the remote learning experience. While remote learning has presented challenges, a significant number of schools also reported benefits from remote learning – for students who have previously been disengaged or distracted in the classroom, and for high-ability students who have been able to learn at their own pace. Some students whose learning has been affected by anxiety or other mental health conditions have also shown significant benefits from remote learning. The summit will be held in June, following an independent analysis of the experience at schools across the state, and bring together education leaders from the government, Catholic and independent school sectors. Around 257,000 government school students from Prep, Grade 1, Grade 2, VCE and VCAL, and specialist schools returned to classrooms today – the first step in all students returning for face-to-face learning on 9  June. Until then, most Grade 3 to Year 10 students will continue learning remotely, allowing the Chief Health Officer to monitor and evaluate the effects the return to school by other year levels has on the increased movement of people and transmission of coronavirus within the community. As students return to on-site learning, schools are implementing staggered drop-off and pick-ups to reduce the number of adults around school grounds at any one time, as well as staggered break times to manage the number of students mixing across year levels. All schools will implement physical distancing measures for their staff, and school staff have been prioritised for voluntary coronavirus testing in the lead-up to today’s return to on-site schooling. The Victorian Government is also investing up to $45 million for increased daily cleaning at every government school for the rest of Term 2 and 3. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Remote learning hasn’t been easy, but I couldn’t be prouder of how our principals, teachers, support staff, students and families have responded to the challenge.” “The advice from the Chief Health Officer is for students to begin a phased return to face-to-face learning – and that’s what’s happening today. Having close to a million students learning from home has made a huge contribution to limiting the number of people moving around the community and reducing the spread of the virus.” “This is a real opportunity to improve our education system and learn lessons from this remote learning experience. This summit will be a way for all of our school sectors to come together and report back about the benefits they experienced.” Download the Media Release (212 KB)

New Technology And Better Facilities For Victorian Kinders

The Victorian Government is helping kinders across the state upgrade their facilities and purchase the latest technology ahead of the roll-out of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened applications under the $27.7 million Building Blocks program, with grants available to upgrade or improve early learning facilities and grants for new IT devices. The program is part of a $1.18 billion packaged for education infrastructure projects announced last Monday, which will build projects across Victoria, create the jobs and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Local councils and not-for-profit organisations delivering funded kindergarten programs are encouraged to apply for a grant as part of the program. Grants of up to $300,000 are available for early learning facility upgrades, providing services with funding to help them renovate and refurbish their centres. Organisations can apply for up to $50,000 for a minor improvement project for smaller scale works that will improve the quality of kindergarten services for their children and families. Grants of up to $1,500 are also available for devices such as laptops, tablets and televisions to support the delivery of kinder programs. Launched in March, Building Blocks streamlines all pre-exisiting kindergarten infrastructure grants into one overarching program and provides increased state funding contributions for early childhood projects. This new funding will help early childhood providers undertake projects to improve their services, and assist them in increasing the capacity of services to help deliver extra places as we roll out our Three-Year-Old Kinder reforms. This builds on the $156.6 million over five years made available in the Victorian Budget 19/20 to support the early childhood sector deliver the Victorian Government’s Three-Year-Old Kinder reform. Visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/buildingblocks to apply. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children can get the most out of great local kindergartens as we roll-out universal funded Three-Year-Old Kinder.” “I encourage local councils and early childhood services across Victoria to take advantage of these grants to help improve our kindergartens and set them up for the future.” Download the Media Release (217 KB)

New Technology And Better Facilities For Victorian Kinders

The Victorian Government is helping kinders across the state upgrade their facilities and purchase the latest technology ahead of the roll-out of funded universal Three-Year-Old Kindergarten. Minister for Education James Merlino today opened applications under the $27.7 million Building Blocks program, with grants available to upgrade or improve early learning facilities and grants for new IT devices. The program is part of a $1.18 billion packaged for education infrastructure projects announced last Monday, which will build projects across Victoria, create the jobs and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Local councils and not-for-profit organisations delivering funded kindergarten programs are encouraged to apply for a grant as part of the program. Grants of up to $300,000 are available for early learning facility upgrades, providing services with funding to help them renovate and refurbish their centres. Organisations can apply for up to $50,000 for a minor improvement project for smaller scale works that will improve the quality of kindergarten services for their children and families. Grants of up to $1,500 are also available for devices such as laptops, tablets and televisions to support the delivery of kinder programs. Launched in March, Building Blocks streamlines all pre-exisiting kindergarten infrastructure grants into one overarching program and provides increased state funding contributions for early childhood projects. This new funding will help early childhood providers undertake projects to improve their services, and assist them in increasing the capacity of services to help deliver extra places as we roll out our Three-Year-Old Kinder reforms. This builds on the $156.6 million over five years made available in the Victorian Budget 19/20 to support the early childhood sector deliver the Victorian Government’s Three-Year-Old Kinder reform. Visit schoolbuildings.vic.gov.au/buildingblocks to apply. Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We’re delivering unprecedented investment in early childhood services so our children can get the most out of great local kindergartens as we roll-out universal funded Three-Year-Old Kinder.” “I encourage local councils and early childhood services across Victoria to take advantage of these grants to help improve our kindergartens and set them up for the future.” Download the Media Release (217 KB)

Certainty For Students With Exams To Start In November

Victorian Certificate of Education examinations will start in early November and results will be available by the end of the year, giving certainty to thousands of students whose studies have been interrupted by coronavirus. Minister for Education James Merlino announced today that VCE exams will begin in the week commencing 9 November – a month earlier than expected when learning from home was first announced. The bring-forward of exams is a result of the earlier than expected return of on-site learning, which will begin for Year 11 and 12 students – and Year 10 students doing VCE subjects – next Tuesday 26 May. This earlier return to school is based on the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer. The November date will give sufficient time for teachers and students to complete adjusted VCE Unit 4 learning and school-based assessments and prepare for VCE examinations. Exams will be completed by 2 December, allowing ATAR scores to be calculated and VCE, VCAL students to get their results before the end of 2020. Importantly, the change means university offers can be made to Victorian students like their peers around Australia. The General Achievement Test will also be held towards the end of Term 3, on Wednesday, 9 September 2020. The Victorian Government has invested $14.9 billion to make Victoria the Education State — ensuring every student access to a great local school and the best learning opportunities – whatever their background, wherever they live. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The announcement gives students, teachers and parents certainty in what has been a very disrupted year.”  “The revised dates mean students will get their results and an ATAR in 2020, giving them a clear pathway to further study or employment next year – and a break to celebrate the end of school.” Download the Media Release (212 KB)

Certainty For Students With Exams To Start In November

Victorian Certificate of Education examinations will start in early November and results will be available by the end of the year, giving certainty to thousands of students whose studies have been interrupted by coronavirus. Minister for Education James Merlino announced today that VCE exams will begin in the week commencing 9 November – a month earlier than expected when learning from home was first announced. The bring-forward of exams is a result of the earlier than expected return of on-site learning, which will begin for Year 11 and 12 students – and Year 10 students doing VCE subjects – next Tuesday 26 May. This earlier return to school is based on the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer. The November date will give sufficient time for teachers and students to complete adjusted VCE Unit 4 learning and school-based assessments and prepare for VCE examinations. Exams will be completed by 2 December, allowing ATAR scores to be calculated and VCE, VCAL students to get their results before the end of 2020. Importantly, the change means university offers can be made to Victorian students like their peers around Australia. The General Achievement Test will also be held towards the end of Term 3, on Wednesday, 9 September 2020. The Victorian Government has invested $14.9 billion to make Victoria the Education State — ensuring every student access to a great local school and the best learning opportunities – whatever their background, wherever they live. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “The announcement gives students, teachers and parents certainty in what has been a very disrupted year.”  “The revised dates mean students will get their results and an ATAR in 2020, giving them a clear pathway to further study or employment next year – and a break to celebrate the end of school.” Download the Media Release (212 KB)

Nominations Open For Prestigious School Design Awards

The state’s latest and best school building designs will be centre stage at the 2020 Victorian School Design Awards. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that nominations are open for the awards, which celebrates the architects and designers who are making a difference in the classroom with their unique and creative designs that deliver better learning spaces for students. The exciting designs are emerging from the state’s school construction boom. Since 2015, the Victorian Government has invested a record $7.2 billion to build new schools and modernise or expand more than 1,460 existing ones. That construction boom has continued throughout the coronavirus disruption, with the Government’s election commitment to deliver 100 new schools by 2026 on track. The awards are open to architects who designed a Victorian government school building completed between June 2018 and June 2020. Architects are invited to enter their designs for new buildings, stages of buildings, redevelopment or refurbishment of a space, schools designed for special needs, small rural campuses or individual facilities such as performing arts spaces, learning centres, libraries and technology wings. For more information, visit: education.vic.gov.au Online submissions can be made at vicschooldesign.awardsplatform.com Submissions close on 31 July 2020 and the awards will be presented at a special ceremony later this year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These awards recognise the important role architects are playing in making Victoria a world leader in school design.”  “We’re not just building more schools to cater for the state’s rapidly growing population – we’re creating modern schools that are better equipped for the 21stcentury to give Victorian students the best start in life.” Download the Media Release (209 KB)

Nominations Open For Prestigious School Design Awards

The state’s latest and best school building designs will be centre stage at the 2020 Victorian School Design Awards. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that nominations are open for the awards, which celebrates the architects and designers who are making a difference in the classroom with their unique and creative designs that deliver better learning spaces for students. The exciting designs are emerging from the state’s school construction boom. Since 2015, the Victorian Government has invested a record $7.2 billion to build new schools and modernise or expand more than 1,460 existing ones. That construction boom has continued throughout the coronavirus disruption, with the Government’s election commitment to deliver 100 new schools by 2026 on track. The awards are open to architects who designed a Victorian government school building completed between June 2018 and June 2020. Architects are invited to enter their designs for new buildings, stages of buildings, redevelopment or refurbishment of a space, schools designed for special needs, small rural campuses or individual facilities such as performing arts spaces, learning centres, libraries and technology wings. For more information, visit: education.vic.gov.au Online submissions can be made at vicschooldesign.awardsplatform.com Submissions close on 31 July 2020 and the awards will be presented at a special ceremony later this year. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “These awards recognise the important role architects are playing in making Victoria a world leader in school design.”  “We’re not just building more schools to cater for the state’s rapidly growing population – we’re creating modern schools that are better equipped for the 21stcentury to give Victorian students the best start in life.” Download the Media Release (209 KB)

$8.4M FOR MONBULK COLLEGE UPGRADE

The Andrews Labor Government will fix old buildings, deliver extra classrooms and build ten brand new schools in a state-wide construction blitz that will create thousands of jobs across the state and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Minister for Education and Member for Monbulk James Merlino today announced Monbulk College will share in $388.8 million for 57 upgrade and modernisation projects at schools across Victoria. This includes all school upgrades the Labor Government committed to at the 2018 election. In addition to the $935,000 received in the 2019-20 State Budget, the Labor Government is providing $8.42 million for the final major stage of their masterplan, which includes a new STEM and trades building and a new home economics building. This project is part of the Victorian Government's Building Works package, which will deliver $2.7 billion in shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work across our state. The package includes a $1.18 billion education building program will also build new schools, deliver and refurbish relocatable classrooms and make schools more accessible for students and staff with disabilities. Together, the projects will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs in communities across Victoria. This $1.18 billion education building program is in addition to the $6.1 billion invested by the Victorian Government on delivering school upgrades since 2014, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so everyone can get a great education, no matter their background or where they live. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “We know how critical education will be to our state’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, and that’s why we’re investing in the future of our students across early childhood, schools and TAFE.”  “We’re investing record funding in education so all people in Monbulk, regardless of their background or circumstances, get a world-class education.” “The project at Monbulk College is yet another great example of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.”

$8.4M FOR MONBULK COLLEGE UPGRADE

The Andrews Labor Government will fix old buildings, deliver extra classrooms and build ten brand new schools in a state-wide construction blitz that will create thousands of jobs across the state and kickstart Victoria’s economy. Minister for Education and Member for Monbulk James Merlino today announced Monbulk College will share in $388.8 million for 57 upgrade and modernisation projects at schools across Victoria. This includes all school upgrades the Labor Government committed to at the 2018 election. In addition to the $935,000 received in the 2019-20 State Budget, the Labor Government is providing $8.42 million for the final major stage of their masterplan, which includes a new STEM and trades building and a new home economics building. This project is part of the Victorian Government's Building Works package, which will deliver $2.7 billion in shovel-ready projects – big and small – to get thousands of people back to work across our state. The package includes a $1.18 billion education building program will also build new schools, deliver and refurbish relocatable classrooms and make schools more accessible for students and staff with disabilities. Together, the projects will create space for more than 21,000 extra students in Victoria’s education system and create more than 1,600 local construction jobs in communities across Victoria. This $1.18 billion education building program is in addition to the $6.1 billion invested by the Victorian Government on delivering school upgrades since 2014, supporting more than 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. The Victorian Government is building the Education State so everyone can get a great education, no matter their background or where they live. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “We know how critical education will be to our state’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, and that’s why we’re investing in the future of our students across early childhood, schools and TAFE.”  “We’re investing record funding in education so all people in Monbulk, regardless of their background or circumstances, get a world-class education.” “The project at Monbulk College is yet another great example of the school building boom that is happening right across Victoria.”