• 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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SPORTING CLUB IN MONBULK SET TO SCORE FROM VICHEALTH FUNDING

There are more opportunities for people living In Monbulk to get active and healthy with one local sporting club sharing in over $737,000 in funding from VicHealth for sports clubs across the state. The South Belgrave Junior Football Club has received a grant of $2,963 to be used for equipment, promotion and marketing. South Belgrave Junior Football Club is introducing two more new football teams which is building on the 100 girls already playing within the club. Through VicHealth’s funding, local sports clubs have created more opportunities for women and girls to get active by offering new female teams or programs, and providing facilities and equipment to ensure clubs can grow with their community. The grants will also support clubs to introduce social, flexible and accessible sports programs to empower more people in the community to give sport a go regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background. Building on the success of VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, 50 clubs across Victoria will also receive funding to promote active lifestyles as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active. State Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP is excited to see more activities, teams and opportunities for less active people in the community to get involved in sport. For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants including a full list of funded clubs, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “Active Club Grants help to create more fantastic opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities to get active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” James Merlino MP said. “Being involved in community sport is a great outlet for everyone, where you can make new friends and improve your own health and wellbeing. There are great opportunities for people in Monbulk to join a local club and get active. “Local clubs and associations contribute play such an important role in our community, I’m proud to support this funding to help them provide great opportunities for the people of Monbulk to get involved.” VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants have supported hundreds of clubs across Victoria to get more people in their community moving in new ways. “We’re thrilled to be able to support local sport clubs in Monbulk to provide more opportunities for the community to get active through a sport they enjoy,” Dr Demaio said. “Our This Girl Can – Victoria campaign has been hugely successful at showing that women and girls, as well as a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, want to be active and live healthy lives. “Through these grants, more Victorians in Monbulk can participate in modified or social versions of traditional sport where your age, ability, background, lifestyle or gender isn’t a barrier to taking part.”  

SPORTING CLUB IN MONBULK SET TO SCORE FROM VICHEALTH FUNDING

There are more opportunities for people living In Monbulk to get active and healthy with one local sporting club sharing in over $737,000 in funding from VicHealth for sports clubs across the state. The South Belgrave Junior Football Club has received a grant of $2,963 to be used for equipment, promotion and marketing. South Belgrave Junior Football Club is introducing two more new football teams which is building on the 100 girls already playing within the club. Through VicHealth’s funding, local sports clubs have created more opportunities for women and girls to get active by offering new female teams or programs, and providing facilities and equipment to ensure clubs can grow with their community. The grants will also support clubs to introduce social, flexible and accessible sports programs to empower more people in the community to give sport a go regardless of their ability, gender or cultural background. Building on the success of VicHealth’s This Girl Can – Victoria campaign, 50 clubs across Victoria will also receive funding to promote active lifestyles as part of a state-wide movement to get more women active. State Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP is excited to see more activities, teams and opportunities for less active people in the community to get involved in sport. For more information about VicHealth’s Active Clubs Grants including a full list of funded clubs, go to www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/activeclub. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “Active Club Grants help to create more fantastic opportunities for people of all ages, genders and abilities to get active and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle,” James Merlino MP said. “Being involved in community sport is a great outlet for everyone, where you can make new friends and improve your own health and wellbeing. There are great opportunities for people in Monbulk to join a local club and get active. “Local clubs and associations contribute play such an important role in our community, I’m proud to support this funding to help them provide great opportunities for the people of Monbulk to get involved.” VicHealth CEO Dr Sandro Demaio said Active Club Grants have supported hundreds of clubs across Victoria to get more people in their community moving in new ways. “We’re thrilled to be able to support local sport clubs in Monbulk to provide more opportunities for the community to get active through a sport they enjoy,” Dr Demaio said. “Our This Girl Can – Victoria campaign has been hugely successful at showing that women and girls, as well as a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, want to be active and live healthy lives. “Through these grants, more Victorians in Monbulk can participate in modified or social versions of traditional sport where your age, ability, background, lifestyle or gender isn’t a barrier to taking part.”  

BAG BAN BEGINS IN MONBULK

The Victorian Government has delivered on its promise to ban lightweight plastic shopping bags in Victoria to reduce plastic pollution and help protect the environment. From November 1, the ban will apply to bags being provided at point of sale by all retailers, including supermarkets, fashion boutiques, fast food outlets, convenience stores, and service stations and more. The ban includes all lightweight plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less and includes bags made from degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic. The Victorian Government has listened to the community and the overwhelming number of responses during community consultation relating to the impacts of plastic on the environment and in support for a ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags. Information about the bag ban has been made available for retailers, suppliers, local councils and community through media, websites, hotline services and visits to retail precincts across Victoria. The Victorian Government is taking action to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the environment and is including a plan to tackle plastic pollution within Victoria’s circular economy policy and action plan. Plastics in the environment break up into smaller and smaller pieces over time, becoming increasingly difficult to manage. They can end up in our waterways, lakes and oceans — contributing to litter and posing a significant hazard to our marine life and contaminating our recycling systems. For more information on the banning of lightweight plastic shopping bags visit: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/sustainability/plastic-pollution Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP “Plastic pollution is an urgent environmental problem - the actions we take now will ensure Victoria has a clean and bright future.” “Everyone can do their bit to help reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our local environment and remembering to take reusable bags when shopping is a small but important step in the right direction.” “We are working to clean up our environment and improve our recycling system.”

BAG BAN BEGINS IN MONBULK

The Victorian Government has delivered on its promise to ban lightweight plastic shopping bags in Victoria to reduce plastic pollution and help protect the environment. From November 1, the ban will apply to bags being provided at point of sale by all retailers, including supermarkets, fashion boutiques, fast food outlets, convenience stores, and service stations and more. The ban includes all lightweight plastic shopping bags with a thickness of 35 microns or less and includes bags made from degradable, biodegradable and compostable plastic. The Victorian Government has listened to the community and the overwhelming number of responses during community consultation relating to the impacts of plastic on the environment and in support for a ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags. Information about the bag ban has been made available for retailers, suppliers, local councils and community through media, websites, hotline services and visits to retail precincts across Victoria. The Victorian Government is taking action to reduce the impact of plastic pollution on the environment and is including a plan to tackle plastic pollution within Victoria’s circular economy policy and action plan. Plastics in the environment break up into smaller and smaller pieces over time, becoming increasingly difficult to manage. They can end up in our waterways, lakes and oceans — contributing to litter and posing a significant hazard to our marine life and contaminating our recycling systems. For more information on the banning of lightweight plastic shopping bags visit: https://www.environment.vic.gov.au/sustainability/plastic-pollution Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP “Plastic pollution is an urgent environmental problem - the actions we take now will ensure Victoria has a clean and bright future.” “Everyone can do their bit to help reduce the impact of plastic pollution on our local environment and remembering to take reusable bags when shopping is a small but important step in the right direction.” “We are working to clean up our environment and improve our recycling system.”

VCE English Exam Gets Underway

VCE written exams officially began today with 41,265 students sitting the English exam and another 4,068 are sitting English as an Additional Language exam at 9am this morning. Minister for Education James Merlino wished all students who are sitting VCE exams this year the best of luck and congratulated students, teachers and families on their hard work in the lead up to their final exams. Across all subjects, 82,694 students will sit at least one examination by the time exams finish on 20 November. This year’s top ten VCE subjects are English, further mathematics, psychology, mathematical methods, health and human development, biology, business management, physical education, legal studies and chemistry. Key facts and figures for the 2019 exam period include: Number of students sitting at least one exam: 82,694 41,265 students sitting the English exam on 30 October 4,068 students sitting English as an Additional Language exam on 30 October Number of mature-age students sitting exams: 326 Number of VCE languages with exams: 47 Examination centres in Victoria schools: 522 Largest examination centre: Bendigo Senior Secondary College (1,049 students) Smallest examination centre: Geelong Baptist College (3 students) While the VCE examinations and release of results is an important and exciting time, it can often be stressful for VCE students and their parents. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s (VCAA) provides information, resources and wellbeing support for VCE students at: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/ Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “VCE exams represent the culmination of 13 years of schooling and the opportunity to demonstrate all that students have learnt and can do.” “Year 12 requires determination, hard work and resilience – not only for students but their teachers, parents, carers and friends. I thank all those who provided guidance and support, and helped students through this year.” Download the Media Release (228 KB)

VCE English Exam Gets Underway

VCE written exams officially began today with 41,265 students sitting the English exam and another 4,068 are sitting English as an Additional Language exam at 9am this morning. Minister for Education James Merlino wished all students who are sitting VCE exams this year the best of luck and congratulated students, teachers and families on their hard work in the lead up to their final exams. Across all subjects, 82,694 students will sit at least one examination by the time exams finish on 20 November. This year’s top ten VCE subjects are English, further mathematics, psychology, mathematical methods, health and human development, biology, business management, physical education, legal studies and chemistry. Key facts and figures for the 2019 exam period include: Number of students sitting at least one exam: 82,694 41,265 students sitting the English exam on 30 October 4,068 students sitting English as an Additional Language exam on 30 October Number of mature-age students sitting exams: 326 Number of VCE languages with exams: 47 Examination centres in Victoria schools: 522 Largest examination centre: Bendigo Senior Secondary College (1,049 students) Smallest examination centre: Geelong Baptist College (3 students) While the VCE examinations and release of results is an important and exciting time, it can often be stressful for VCE students and their parents. The Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority’s (VCAA) provides information, resources and wellbeing support for VCE students at: https://www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/ Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “VCE exams represent the culmination of 13 years of schooling and the opportunity to demonstrate all that students have learnt and can do.” “Year 12 requires determination, hard work and resilience – not only for students but their teachers, parents, carers and friends. I thank all those who provided guidance and support, and helped students through this year.” Download the Media Release (228 KB)

NEW FIRE STATION AT SELBY OFFICIALLY OPEN

A new state-of-the-art CFA station has officially opened in Selby, providing stronger emergency services for the community and better facilities for firefighters. Representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville, Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk James Merlino joined firefighters and community members to officially open the $1.2 million station today. Mr Merlino thanked local volunteers for their ongoing work and support to the Dandenong Ranges community over the brigade’s 93-year history. The Andrews Labor Government funded the project, courtesy of its $60 million Fire Services Statement, while the brigade contributed approximately $11,000. The station provides firefighters with a new facility to support the Dandenong Ranges community, which is a high-risk fire area. The new building includes three bays for the brigade’s vehicles, separate male and female change areas, breathing apparatus washroom, and a workshop. The larger station not only provides better emergency services for the community, but supports a safer environment for volunteers, with more space around vehicles and equipment, and office facilities separate from the engine bay. The larger, better-equipped station also gives Selby CFA more opportunity to educate the community on fire safety and prevention. It also gives volunteer firefighters more space to run training sessions and host community groups. The Selby Fire Brigade has been proudly protecting lives and property in Selby and the wider Dandenong Ranges area since 1926. The brigade’s 49 dedicated members responded to 30 call outs last year, including residential and industrial fires, grass fires and car accidents. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “The state-of-the-art station provides the Selby brigade with modern facilities, as well as space to train and prepare for emergency incidents.” “We’re committed to ensuring that our dedicated volunteer firefighters have the tools and resources they need to continue their outstanding work in protecting the community.” “This is a wonderful facility, which continues Selby CFA’s proud 93-year history of keeping the community safe.”

NEW FIRE STATION AT SELBY OFFICIALLY OPEN

A new state-of-the-art CFA station has officially opened in Selby, providing stronger emergency services for the community and better facilities for firefighters. Representing the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville, Deputy Premier and Member for Monbulk James Merlino joined firefighters and community members to officially open the $1.2 million station today. Mr Merlino thanked local volunteers for their ongoing work and support to the Dandenong Ranges community over the brigade’s 93-year history. The Andrews Labor Government funded the project, courtesy of its $60 million Fire Services Statement, while the brigade contributed approximately $11,000. The station provides firefighters with a new facility to support the Dandenong Ranges community, which is a high-risk fire area. The new building includes three bays for the brigade’s vehicles, separate male and female change areas, breathing apparatus washroom, and a workshop. The larger station not only provides better emergency services for the community, but supports a safer environment for volunteers, with more space around vehicles and equipment, and office facilities separate from the engine bay. The larger, better-equipped station also gives Selby CFA more opportunity to educate the community on fire safety and prevention. It also gives volunteer firefighters more space to run training sessions and host community groups. The Selby Fire Brigade has been proudly protecting lives and property in Selby and the wider Dandenong Ranges area since 1926. The brigade’s 49 dedicated members responded to 30 call outs last year, including residential and industrial fires, grass fires and car accidents. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino “The state-of-the-art station provides the Selby brigade with modern facilities, as well as space to train and prepare for emergency incidents.” “We’re committed to ensuring that our dedicated volunteer firefighters have the tools and resources they need to continue their outstanding work in protecting the community.” “This is a wonderful facility, which continues Selby CFA’s proud 93-year history of keeping the community safe.”

Awards Celebrate Excellence In Victorian Schools

A principal who worked to achieve the best results in their school’s history, a teacher helping students to improve their mental and physical wellbeing, and a primary school supporting Aboriginal culture and achievement are among recipients recognised by the Andrews Labor Government at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards. Minister for Education James Merlino today congratulated award winners of the Victorian Education Excellence Awards, which recognise inspirational teachers, principals, business managers and education support staff. The awards are presented at a prestigious ceremony at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne, which coincides with Australia’s celebration of World Teachers’ Day on 25 October. This year’s Victorian Education Excellence Award winners are: Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education 2019 – Michelle Roberts, Mordialloc College Outstanding Primary Teacher Award 2019 – Dimple Bhardwaj, Hillsmeade Primary School Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award 2019 – Broady Kata, Officer Secondary College Outstanding Primary Principal Award 2019 – Michelle Bickley-Miller, Warrnambool East Primary School Outstanding Secondary Principal Award 2019 – Michelle Roberts, Mordialloc College Outstanding Business Manager Award 2019 – Nicole Tudor, Christmas Hills Primary School Outstanding Education Support Team Award 2019 – Clifton Springs Primary School Outstanding Koorie Education Award 2019 – Thornbury Primary School Outstanding Inclusive Education Award 2019 – Horsham Special School Outstanding School Improvement Award 2019 – Western Port Secondary College Dr Lawrie Shears Excellence in Global Teaching and Learning Award 2019 – Birmingham Primary School Excellence in Physical Education and Activity – Primary Teacher Award 2019 – Dominic McCaffrey, Albany Rise Primary School Excellence in Physical Education and Activity – Secondary Teacher Award 2019 – Whitney Kennedy, Swan Hill College. The Victorian Education Excellence Award winners will receive grants of up to $25,000 to undertake professional learning and access resources and opportunities to drive excellence in Victorian public education. More information about the awards and finalists is available at www.education.vic.gov.au/veea Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Our teachers, principals and education professionals do such an important job educating our young people. These awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise Victorians who dedicate their careers to education.” “Congratulations to all award recipients – and all 35 finalists – on their outstanding work in helping Victorian students to reach their full potential.” Download the Media Release (228 KB)

Awards Celebrate Excellence In Victorian Schools

A principal who worked to achieve the best results in their school’s history, a teacher helping students to improve their mental and physical wellbeing, and a primary school supporting Aboriginal culture and achievement are among recipients recognised by the Andrews Labor Government at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards. Minister for Education James Merlino today congratulated award winners of the Victorian Education Excellence Awards, which recognise inspirational teachers, principals, business managers and education support staff. The awards are presented at a prestigious ceremony at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne, which coincides with Australia’s celebration of World Teachers’ Day on 25 October. This year’s Victorian Education Excellence Award winners are: Lindsay Thompson Award for Excellence in Education 2019 – Michelle Roberts, Mordialloc College Outstanding Primary Teacher Award 2019 – Dimple Bhardwaj, Hillsmeade Primary School Outstanding Secondary Teacher Award 2019 – Broady Kata, Officer Secondary College Outstanding Primary Principal Award 2019 – Michelle Bickley-Miller, Warrnambool East Primary School Outstanding Secondary Principal Award 2019 – Michelle Roberts, Mordialloc College Outstanding Business Manager Award 2019 – Nicole Tudor, Christmas Hills Primary School Outstanding Education Support Team Award 2019 – Clifton Springs Primary School Outstanding Koorie Education Award 2019 – Thornbury Primary School Outstanding Inclusive Education Award 2019 – Horsham Special School Outstanding School Improvement Award 2019 – Western Port Secondary College Dr Lawrie Shears Excellence in Global Teaching and Learning Award 2019 – Birmingham Primary School Excellence in Physical Education and Activity – Primary Teacher Award 2019 – Dominic McCaffrey, Albany Rise Primary School Excellence in Physical Education and Activity – Secondary Teacher Award 2019 – Whitney Kennedy, Swan Hill College. The Victorian Education Excellence Award winners will receive grants of up to $25,000 to undertake professional learning and access resources and opportunities to drive excellence in Victorian public education. More information about the awards and finalists is available at www.education.vic.gov.au/veea Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Our teachers, principals and education professionals do such an important job educating our young people. These awards are a fantastic opportunity to recognise Victorians who dedicate their careers to education.” “Congratulations to all award recipients – and all 35 finalists – on their outstanding work in helping Victorian students to reach their full potential.” Download the Media Release (228 KB)

SOLAR HOMES DELIVERS BOOM IN NEW CLEAN ENERGY

The Victorian Government’s Solar Homes program is continuing to drive Victoria’s transition to more affordable household energy, with 46,000 installations of solar PV, solar hot water and solar batteries completed since the program’s launch. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today released new data showing that 333 households in Monbulk have had their systems installed. Solar Homes is delivering a pipeline of cleaner, cheaper energy in every corner of the state, with over 62,000 applications for solar panels, solar hot water and solar batteries so far secured by Victorian households. Solar Homes is reducing energy bills for families most in need of relief, with 69 per cent of solar rebates going to households with incomes of less than $104,000 and at least 10 per cent to those earning less than $16,000 a year. Victoria’s solar energy companies are sharing in the business generated from the program, with 640 retailers securing at least one application and the top retailer securing less than 5% of the applications available. Figures reveal that the share of applications is dispersed across the industry, with 71% of applications secured by customers of retailers outside the top 20 since July 2019, when the program was expanded to include no-interest loans. Since July 1st, the Solar Homes program has been speedily converting solar PV rebate applications into installations with most applications approved and installations completed within the month they are allocated to the customer. Solar Homes is driving a 46% increase in the uptake of solar PV across the state, with residential installations in 2019 on track to deliver solar panels to 60,000 households, compared to about 41,000 installations in 2018. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP “Solar Homes is helping local families to take control of their energy bills and save hundreds each year.” “The latest figures show that Solar Homes has been very popular in Monbulk, which also means our area is part of Victoria’s efforts to reduce emissions and tackle climate change.”

SOLAR HOMES DELIVERS BOOM IN NEW CLEAN ENERGY

The Victorian Government’s Solar Homes program is continuing to drive Victoria’s transition to more affordable household energy, with 46,000 installations of solar PV, solar hot water and solar batteries completed since the program’s launch. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today released new data showing that 333 households in Monbulk have had their systems installed. Solar Homes is delivering a pipeline of cleaner, cheaper energy in every corner of the state, with over 62,000 applications for solar panels, solar hot water and solar batteries so far secured by Victorian households. Solar Homes is reducing energy bills for families most in need of relief, with 69 per cent of solar rebates going to households with incomes of less than $104,000 and at least 10 per cent to those earning less than $16,000 a year. Victoria’s solar energy companies are sharing in the business generated from the program, with 640 retailers securing at least one application and the top retailer securing less than 5% of the applications available. Figures reveal that the share of applications is dispersed across the industry, with 71% of applications secured by customers of retailers outside the top 20 since July 2019, when the program was expanded to include no-interest loans. Since July 1st, the Solar Homes program has been speedily converting solar PV rebate applications into installations with most applications approved and installations completed within the month they are allocated to the customer. Solar Homes is driving a 46% increase in the uptake of solar PV across the state, with residential installations in 2019 on track to deliver solar panels to 60,000 households, compared to about 41,000 installations in 2018. Quotes attributable to Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP “Solar Homes is helping local families to take control of their energy bills and save hundreds each year.” “The latest figures show that Solar Homes has been very popular in Monbulk, which also means our area is part of Victoria’s efforts to reduce emissions and tackle climate change.”

Celebrating Victorians Who Inspire Our Children

Early childhood leaders from across Victoria are being celebrated by the Andrews Labor Government for their exceptional work in making a difference in the lives of young children and their families. The Victorian Early Years Awards recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations in improving the health, learning, development and wellbeing of young children. The awards are being presented at the National Gallery of Victoria on Tuesday 22 October. A program supporting newly-arrived migrant families with their English literacy, a kindergarten incorporating indigenous perspectives into the curriculum and a program helping children transition from kinder to school are among this year’s winners. Leanne Mits from Pope Road Kindergarten in Blackburn was named Early Childhood Teacher of the Year for her work devoted to to early childhood learning, connecting children with indigenous history, culture and stories and ongoing research to improve her practice. The full list of winners comprises: Improving Access and Participation in Early Learning Award – Word Play, Moreland City Libraries Supporting Parents through evidence-based practice Award – Sound Partnerships: Promoting partnerships with families for the teaching of phonics, Rosanna Golf Links Primary School Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships Award – Balnarring Pre-School Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing Award – We Love Stories, Banyule Community Health Continuity of Early Learning Award – BY FIVE: Wimmera Southern Mallee Early Years Project, Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Award – Leanne Mits, Pope Road Kindergarten, Blackburn The Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler Excellence in Educational Leadership Award – The Geelong College Minister’s Award – Walking From One Room Into Another Room, Keysborough Primary School. Now in their 14th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards recognise the crucial work of early years professionals who make a difference in the lives of Victorian children and families. Winners in each category receive up to $15,000 to continue their work in kindergartens, early childhood education and care services, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. For more details on the 2019 Victorian Early Years Awards: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I wish to congratulate all of this year’s Award finalists on their work in making a lasting impact in the lives of children and their families during the vital early years.” “It’s wonderful to hear about the incredible job these early years professionals and organisations do to make sure Victoria’s children have the best start in life.” Download the Media Release (244 KB)

Celebrating Victorians Who Inspire Our Children

Early childhood leaders from across Victoria are being celebrated by the Andrews Labor Government for their exceptional work in making a difference in the lives of young children and their families. The Victorian Early Years Awards recognise the contributions of individuals and organisations in improving the health, learning, development and wellbeing of young children. The awards are being presented at the National Gallery of Victoria on Tuesday 22 October. A program supporting newly-arrived migrant families with their English literacy, a kindergarten incorporating indigenous perspectives into the curriculum and a program helping children transition from kinder to school are among this year’s winners. Leanne Mits from Pope Road Kindergarten in Blackburn was named Early Childhood Teacher of the Year for her work devoted to to early childhood learning, connecting children with indigenous history, culture and stories and ongoing research to improve her practice. The full list of winners comprises: Improving Access and Participation in Early Learning Award – Word Play, Moreland City Libraries Supporting Parents through evidence-based practice Award – Sound Partnerships: Promoting partnerships with families for the teaching of phonics, Rosanna Golf Links Primary School Creating Collaborative Community Partnerships Award – Balnarring Pre-School Promoting Children’s Health and Wellbeing Award – We Love Stories, Banyule Community Health Continuity of Early Learning Award – BY FIVE: Wimmera Southern Mallee Early Years Project, Wimmera Southern Mallee Regional Partnership Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Award – Leanne Mits, Pope Road Kindergarten, Blackburn The Emeritus Professor Collette Tayler Excellence in Educational Leadership Award – The Geelong College Minister’s Award – Walking From One Room Into Another Room, Keysborough Primary School. Now in their 14th year, the Victorian Early Years Awards recognise the crucial work of early years professionals who make a difference in the lives of Victorian children and families. Winners in each category receive up to $15,000 to continue their work in kindergartens, early childhood education and care services, schools, local councils, maternal child and health services and other early years organisations across the state. For more details on the 2019 Victorian Early Years Awards: www.education.vic.gov.au/veya Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “I wish to congratulate all of this year’s Award finalists on their work in making a lasting impact in the lives of children and their families during the vital early years.” “It’s wonderful to hear about the incredible job these early years professionals and organisations do to make sure Victoria’s children have the best start in life.” Download the Media Release (244 KB)

Victorian Students To Visit The Birthplace Of Democracy

Delivering on an election commitment, the Andrews Labor Government is opening applications for the Premier’s Spirit of Democracy Prize, inviting students in years 9, 10 and 11 at government, Catholic and independent schools to apply to participate in a study tour of Greece, to deepen their understanding of civics and citizenship. Acting Premier and Education Minister James Merlino today announced that applications are now open for the study tour, which offers up to 22 Victorian students the opportunity to travel to Greece as part of a curriculum immersion program. Students are encouraged to submit a written response about democracy, drawing on the work of classical Greek thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle and explore the role, history and evolution of democracy and how it has shaped Australia and Victoria. The successful applicants will be selected by a panel and invited to travel to Greece to deepen their learning and broaden their understanding of democracy and citizenship through the international experience. Last month the government announced a funding boost of $747,000 to promote student participation and engagement in civics and citizenship. As a part of this investment, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority is working with academic experts and the VicSRC to build on the teaching of civics in Victorian schools. Applications for the Premier’s Spirit of Democracy Prize open on Tuesday 22 October and close on Thursday, 12 December 2019 with successful applicants travelling during Term 1 school holidays, 2020. For further information, please visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/humanities/civics/Pages/premiers-spirit-of-democracy.aspx Quotes attributable to Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino “Understanding the origin and evolution of democracy will help our students better understand the way contemporary Australia and Victoria operate.”  “Our Education State aims to expand students’ horizons and shape their futures, we want to encourage Victorian students to learn about the history of civic and political life in the home of democracy.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Jenny Mikakos “This will give young Victorians an exciting opportunity to learn how the civilisation of ancient Greece and its founding ideas of democracy, continue to shape the Australia we live in today.” “Having the opportunity to travel to Greece and experience it’s rich culture will also inspire and expand the world view of Victorian students.” Download the Media Release (214 KB)

Victorian Students To Visit The Birthplace Of Democracy

Delivering on an election commitment, the Andrews Labor Government is opening applications for the Premier’s Spirit of Democracy Prize, inviting students in years 9, 10 and 11 at government, Catholic and independent schools to apply to participate in a study tour of Greece, to deepen their understanding of civics and citizenship. Acting Premier and Education Minister James Merlino today announced that applications are now open for the study tour, which offers up to 22 Victorian students the opportunity to travel to Greece as part of a curriculum immersion program. Students are encouraged to submit a written response about democracy, drawing on the work of classical Greek thinkers such as Plato and Aristotle and explore the role, history and evolution of democracy and how it has shaped Australia and Victoria. The successful applicants will be selected by a panel and invited to travel to Greece to deepen their learning and broaden their understanding of democracy and citizenship through the international experience. Last month the government announced a funding boost of $747,000 to promote student participation and engagement in civics and citizenship. As a part of this investment, the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority is working with academic experts and the VicSRC to build on the teaching of civics in Victorian schools. Applications for the Premier’s Spirit of Democracy Prize open on Tuesday 22 October and close on Thursday, 12 December 2019 with successful applicants travelling during Term 1 school holidays, 2020. For further information, please visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/teachingresources/discipline/humanities/civics/Pages/premiers-spirit-of-democracy.aspx Quotes attributable to Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino “Understanding the origin and evolution of democracy will help our students better understand the way contemporary Australia and Victoria operate.”  “Our Education State aims to expand students’ horizons and shape their futures, we want to encourage Victorian students to learn about the history of civic and political life in the home of democracy.” Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Metropolitan Jenny Mikakos “This will give young Victorians an exciting opportunity to learn how the civilisation of ancient Greece and its founding ideas of democracy, continue to shape the Australia we live in today.” “Having the opportunity to travel to Greece and experience it’s rich culture will also inspire and expand the world view of Victorian students.” Download the Media Release (214 KB)

 

Appointment Brings Youth Voice To Curriculum Board

The Andrews Labor Government has put the perspectives of young people at the heart of decision making about the VCE curriculum, with the appointment of a recent VCE graduate to the board of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the appointment of Ms Aayushi Khillan to the VCAA Board. The Board is responsible for a range of tasks including approving VCE and VCAL curriculum, English text lists, exam timetables and study. Ms Khillan will represent the perspective of students as these decisions are made. Ms Khillan completed the VCE last year at MacRobertson Girls’ High School in 2018 and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. Ms Khillan was a member of the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) Executive team in 2017-18. She won a Premier’s VCE Award for Psychology in 2019 and captained the school’s debating and public speaking team. As a recent VCE graduate, she is aware of the issues facing students both at school and in their transition to further education and work. She brings this perspective to the Board through her involvement with youth in Victoria’s multicultural communities, tutoring disadvantaged students and interest in cyber safety, health and wellbeing. The Labor Government has put student voice and the perspectives of young people at the heart of how schools are run. Since 2018, all Victorian government secondary schools (with students in Year 7 and above) are required to include two elected student members on their school councils, with full voting rights. Two other important appointments have also been made to the Board, with Seir Holley and Catharine Hydon also joining as new VCAA board members. Ms Hydon is a highly qualified early childhood professional with broad experience across a range of early childhood settings both in Australia and internationally. Ms Holley is Assistant Principal at Keilor Heights Primary School and has significant experience in government primary schools. The VCAA board is comprised of 8 to 15 members appointed by Governor-in-Council following nomination by the Minister for Education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “If we want to get the most out of our students we need to listen to them. Young people are in the best position to understand the pressures they experience and the opportunities they want.” “I have long seen the value of student voice in our schools. This appointment of Aayushi Khillan to the VCAA Board shows that the views of students are central to the decisions we make about what is taught in our classrooms.” Quote attributable to VCAA Chair, Chris Wardlaw “I welcome the three new appointees to the VCAA Board and look forward to working with them in the future.” Download the Media Release (217 KB)

Appointment Brings Youth Voice To Curriculum Board

The Andrews Labor Government has put the perspectives of young people at the heart of decision making about the VCE curriculum, with the appointment of a recent VCE graduate to the board of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA). Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the appointment of Ms Aayushi Khillan to the VCAA Board. The Board is responsible for a range of tasks including approving VCE and VCAL curriculum, English text lists, exam timetables and study. Ms Khillan will represent the perspective of students as these decisions are made. Ms Khillan completed the VCE last year at MacRobertson Girls’ High School in 2018 and is currently studying for a Bachelor of Biomedicine at the University of Melbourne. Ms Khillan was a member of the Victorian Student Representative Council (VicSRC) Executive team in 2017-18. She won a Premier’s VCE Award for Psychology in 2019 and captained the school’s debating and public speaking team. As a recent VCE graduate, she is aware of the issues facing students both at school and in their transition to further education and work. She brings this perspective to the Board through her involvement with youth in Victoria’s multicultural communities, tutoring disadvantaged students and interest in cyber safety, health and wellbeing. The Labor Government has put student voice and the perspectives of young people at the heart of how schools are run. Since 2018, all Victorian government secondary schools (with students in Year 7 and above) are required to include two elected student members on their school councils, with full voting rights. Two other important appointments have also been made to the Board, with Seir Holley and Catharine Hydon also joining as new VCAA board members. Ms Hydon is a highly qualified early childhood professional with broad experience across a range of early childhood settings both in Australia and internationally. Ms Holley is Assistant Principal at Keilor Heights Primary School and has significant experience in government primary schools. The VCAA board is comprised of 8 to 15 members appointed by Governor-in-Council following nomination by the Minister for Education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “If we want to get the most out of our students we need to listen to them. Young people are in the best position to understand the pressures they experience and the opportunities they want.” “I have long seen the value of student voice in our schools. This appointment of Aayushi Khillan to the VCAA Board shows that the views of students are central to the decisions we make about what is taught in our classrooms.” Quote attributable to VCAA Chair, Chris Wardlaw “I welcome the three new appointees to the VCAA Board and look forward to working with them in the future.” Download the Media Release (217 KB)

School Upgrade And New Relocatable For Woori Yallock Primary

Woori Yallock Primary School students and staff are benefitting from a new $87,000 infrastructure upgrade as well as new relocatable building at the school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino visited Woori Yallock Primary School today to officially open the school’s new covered walkway and large undercover area, which connects the main building to relocatable buildings. The Minister also announced that Woori Yallock Primary School would receive a mod-5 relocatable building help meet growing enrolment pressure. The covered walkway and undercover area links the school buildings together, provides weather protection and allows students and staff to access toilets at the school, which are located in the main building, in all weather conditions. Construction of the walkway and undercover area included galvanised steel frames, a Colorbond roof and installation of downpipes. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. The Labor Government has invested $6.1 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 7500 construction jobs for Victorians. A total of 100 new schools will open by 2026 under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Across Victoria, we are building and upgrading schools so our students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” “This upgrade is part of giving Woori Yallock students the school facilities they deserve. Great facilities help build pride in a great local school.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This upgrade is one of many in the local community. It means that every student has the opportunity to access an excellent local school with world class facilities that match the teaching inside the classrooms.” Download the Media Release (216 KB)

School Upgrade And New Relocatable For Woori Yallock Primary

Woori Yallock Primary School students and staff are benefitting from a new $87,000 infrastructure upgrade as well as new relocatable building at the school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino visited Woori Yallock Primary School today to officially open the school’s new covered walkway and large undercover area, which connects the main building to relocatable buildings. The Minister also announced that Woori Yallock Primary School would receive a mod-5 relocatable building help meet growing enrolment pressure. The covered walkway and undercover area links the school buildings together, provides weather protection and allows students and staff to access toilets at the school, which are located in the main building, in all weather conditions. Construction of the walkway and undercover area included galvanised steel frames, a Colorbond roof and installation of downpipes. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every Victorian student gets the opportunity for a great education and every community has access to a great school. The Labor Government has invested $6.1 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 7500 construction jobs for Victorians. A total of 100 new schools will open by 2026 under the Labor Government’s school building boom, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “Across Victoria, we are building and upgrading schools so our students have the best facilities, our classrooms have the best teachers and every child is given every chance to succeed.” “This upgrade is part of giving Woori Yallock students the school facilities they deserve. Great facilities help build pride in a great local school.” Quote attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes “This upgrade is one of many in the local community. It means that every student has the opportunity to access an excellent local school with world class facilities that match the teaching inside the classrooms.” Download the Media Release (216 KB)

Builders Appointed To Construct State-Of-The-Art Schools

The Andrews Labor Government is on track to deliver 100 new schools across the state by 2026 with another two building companies appointed to construct seven of the 14 schools set to open in 2021. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced Ireland Brown Constructions Pty Ltd had been appointed to build: Edgars Creek Primary School (interim name) – Wollert Eynesbury Station Primary School (interim name) – Melton Greenvale North West Primary School (interim name) – Greenvale The Minister also announced Kane Constructions Pty Ltd had been appointed to build: Merrifield West Primary School (interim name) – Mickleham Rockbank North Primary School (interim name) – Aintree Truganina South East Primary School (interim name) – Truganina Wollahra Primary School (interim name) – Wollahra Builders have already been secured for Oberon High School, Docklands Primary School (interim name) and Footscray High School, and a request for tenders to build the four remaining schools has just closed with appointments expected to be made by the end of the year. The builders will bring to life the architecturally designed schools that will inspire learning, change and empower communities, and remove barriers to achievement. The state-of-the-art schools will cater to the diverse needs of all Victorian students, providing what they need to thrive and encouraging them to actively engage with their education. The Labor Government has invested $6.1 billion to deliver new primary and secondary schools, upgrade more than 1,400 existing ones and create over 7,500 construction jobs across the state. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know that Victoria’s population is booming, which is why we’re building 100 new schools and upgrading  even more schools to meet the needs of our growing communities.” “This exciting appointment means families across the state are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.” Download the Media Release (226 KB)

Builders Appointed To Construct State-Of-The-Art Schools

The Andrews Labor Government is on track to deliver 100 new schools across the state by 2026 with another two building companies appointed to construct seven of the 14 schools set to open in 2021. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced Ireland Brown Constructions Pty Ltd had been appointed to build: Edgars Creek Primary School (interim name) – Wollert Eynesbury Station Primary School (interim name) – Melton Greenvale North West Primary School (interim name) – Greenvale The Minister also announced Kane Constructions Pty Ltd had been appointed to build: Merrifield West Primary School (interim name) – Mickleham Rockbank North Primary School (interim name) – Aintree Truganina South East Primary School (interim name) – Truganina Wollahra Primary School (interim name) – Wollahra Builders have already been secured for Oberon High School, Docklands Primary School (interim name) and Footscray High School, and a request for tenders to build the four remaining schools has just closed with appointments expected to be made by the end of the year. The builders will bring to life the architecturally designed schools that will inspire learning, change and empower communities, and remove barriers to achievement. The state-of-the-art schools will cater to the diverse needs of all Victorian students, providing what they need to thrive and encouraging them to actively engage with their education. The Labor Government has invested $6.1 billion to deliver new primary and secondary schools, upgrade more than 1,400 existing ones and create over 7,500 construction jobs across the state. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and get a great education. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “We know that Victoria’s population is booming, which is why we’re building 100 new schools and upgrading  even more schools to meet the needs of our growing communities.” “This exciting appointment means families across the state are a step closer to getting the great local school facilities their kids need to thrive.” Download the Media Release (226 KB)

Navigator Program Expanded To Keep Kids In School

An important program to engage students and keep kids at risk of disengaging at school will be rolled out to three new areas, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced Wimmera South-West, Barwon and North Eastern Melbourne will benefit from the $43.8 million expansion of the Navigator program, which provides direct support to help young people aged 12 to 17 years old to re-engage with school and reach their potential. The Navigator program will be introduced to these three new areas from Term 1, 2020. It follows the successful earlier roll out the pilot program in 2016, which returned hundreds of students to schools in eight areas of the state: Mallee, Central Highlands, Goulburn, Ovens-Murray, Hume-Moreland, Bayside Peninsula, South Melbourne, Western Melbourne. Since then, the Labor Government has committed to continue to expand the program state-wide. The three new areas are part of a phased expansion of the program, with Brimbank, Melton, Loddon-Campaspe and Inner Gippsland added this year and the remaining three areas of Victoria to benefit by 2021. The Navigator program supports young people not attending school or struggling with attendance by connecting them with a case worker who can provide access to a range of support services and create a path back to education. As of June this year, 1,628 students have either started attending or increased their attendance at school thanks to the program. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and succeed, whatever their background or circumstances. Expressions of interest to deliver the service in the three new areas are now open. For further information, visit education.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This program has already helped more than 1,600 students stay in school. This expansion will support even more young people to get the education they need and set them up for their future.” “We are working to keep more students in school because part of making Victoria the Education State is making sure every young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.” Download the Media Release (215 KB)

Navigator Program Expanded To Keep Kids In School

An important program to engage students and keep kids at risk of disengaging at school will be rolled out to three new areas, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced Wimmera South-West, Barwon and North Eastern Melbourne will benefit from the $43.8 million expansion of the Navigator program, which provides direct support to help young people aged 12 to 17 years old to re-engage with school and reach their potential. The Navigator program will be introduced to these three new areas from Term 1, 2020. It follows the successful earlier roll out the pilot program in 2016, which returned hundreds of students to schools in eight areas of the state: Mallee, Central Highlands, Goulburn, Ovens-Murray, Hume-Moreland, Bayside Peninsula, South Melbourne, Western Melbourne. Since then, the Labor Government has committed to continue to expand the program state-wide. The three new areas are part of a phased expansion of the program, with Brimbank, Melton, Loddon-Campaspe and Inner Gippsland added this year and the remaining three areas of Victoria to benefit by 2021. The Navigator program supports young people not attending school or struggling with attendance by connecting them with a case worker who can provide access to a range of support services and create a path back to education. As of June this year, 1,628 students have either started attending or increased their attendance at school thanks to the program. The Labor Government is building the Education State so every Victorian student can get a great education and succeed, whatever their background or circumstances. Expressions of interest to deliver the service in the three new areas are now open. For further information, visit education.vic.gov.au. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This program has already helped more than 1,600 students stay in school. This expansion will support even more young people to get the education they need and set them up for their future.” “We are working to keep more students in school because part of making Victoria the Education State is making sure every young person has the opportunity to reach their full potential.” Download the Media Release (215 KB)

HALF PRICE TRAVEL FOR CARERS IN MONBULK

Carers will now be able to enjoy more of what Victoria has to offer with half price weekday travel, free weekend travel and extra concessions, thanks to a massive funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP this week announced that more than 4000 discounts to tourist attractions, sports and cultural centres around the state have been added to the Victorian Carers Card, on top of year-round travel concession. Victorian Carer Card holders can also enjoy a week of free travel from 13–19 October as part of Carers Week 2019. Carers Week is an opportunity to celebrate and thank the more than 736,000 Victorian carers who give up their time and effort to look after a partner, family member or friend who needs them. Carers can now get half-price travel year-round by showing their Victorian Carer Card at any staffed railway station to obtain a Victorian Carers concession myki card - and they’ll receive their first one free. Victorian Carer Card holders will also for the first time receive all the discounts available on Victorian Seniors Card. With more than 4,000 participating businesses, carers can get free or cheaper entry to attractions like Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and MCG tours. The Labor Government has invested $49.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2019-20 to support carers with an extra 100,000 hours of respite for 5000 carers a year, as well as carer and carers organisation grants. The Government is encouraging all carers to apply for a Victorian Carers Card today. To learn more about what support and discounts are available visit: carercard.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP “We acknowledge the hard work of these carers in Monbulk and they deserve our thanks and support, which is why we’ve invested almost $50 million for extra respite, transport concessions and grants for local carer groups.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Looking after carers is a key priority for us. These extra concessions will allow carers more of opportunity to engage and participate in their local communities – and have some fun along the way.  

HALF PRICE TRAVEL FOR CARERS IN MONBULK

Carers will now be able to enjoy more of what Victoria has to offer with half price weekday travel, free weekend travel and extra concessions, thanks to a massive funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP this week announced that more than 4000 discounts to tourist attractions, sports and cultural centres around the state have been added to the Victorian Carers Card, on top of year-round travel concession. Victorian Carer Card holders can also enjoy a week of free travel from 13–19 October as part of Carers Week 2019. Carers Week is an opportunity to celebrate and thank the more than 736,000 Victorian carers who give up their time and effort to look after a partner, family member or friend who needs them. Carers can now get half-price travel year-round by showing their Victorian Carer Card at any staffed railway station to obtain a Victorian Carers concession myki card - and they’ll receive their first one free. Victorian Carer Card holders will also for the first time receive all the discounts available on Victorian Seniors Card. With more than 4,000 participating businesses, carers can get free or cheaper entry to attractions like Werribee Open Range Zoo, Melbourne Aquarium, Melbourne Star Observation Wheel and MCG tours. The Labor Government has invested $49.5 million in the Victorian Budget 2019-20 to support carers with an extra 100,000 hours of respite for 5000 carers a year, as well as carer and carers organisation grants. The Government is encouraging all carers to apply for a Victorian Carers Card today. To learn more about what support and discounts are available visit: carercard.vic.gov.au Quote attributable to Member for Monbulk, James Merlino MP “We acknowledge the hard work of these carers in Monbulk and they deserve our thanks and support, which is why we’ve invested almost $50 million for extra respite, transport concessions and grants for local carer groups.” Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan “Looking after carers is a key priority for us. These extra concessions will allow carers more of opportunity to engage and participate in their local communities – and have some fun along the way.  

Biggest-Ever Investment In Teaching Quality In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is giving teachers and school leaders the extra resources, training and incentives they need through a $244.6 million package to improve the quality of teaching and learning in every classroom across the state. Minister for Education James Merlino today launched a range of new incentives to attract teachers and fill hard-to-staff positions, as well as a suite of initiatives to give teachers and principals the support they need to excel in the classroom. The package includes: $41.7 million in financial incentives, including up to $50,000 to encourage teachers to work in hard-to-staff positions and schools, and yearly retention payments of up to $9,000 for three years to encourage teachers to remain in these positions for longer. $5.6 million for employment-based pathways into teaching, so the best and brightest university graduates and those with career experience can learn-on-the-job as a teacher, while simultaneously studying for postgraduate teaching qualifications at university. $41.5 million to support Victoria’s best school leaders to take on the most challenging and specialised roles. This will see more than forty executive principals employed to take on the most complex school leadership roles in Victoria, while nine additional Turnaround Teams will work to drive school improvement. $25.2 million to recruit, train and support Learning Specialists in every Victorian government school. Learning Specialists are a classification of highly skilled teachers who want to stay in the classroom and support improvement in other teachers’ work by sharing their knowledge with their colleagues. $68.4 million to extend Professional Learning Communities to all Victorian government schools. This means leaders and teachers in every government secondary school will be supported to collaborate and share best-practice across schools. These investments incorporate and build on $93.9 million in initiatives that were previously announced to improve educational outcomes for rural and regional students, to better support students in these areas and address the disparity between regional and metropolitan schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and a quality education, no matter where they live. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This investment is improving quality in our education workforce — and it’s the biggest investment of its kind in this state’s history.” “Great teachers change lives. That’s why we’re working so hard to attract the best people to teaching and supporting them to stay in our classrooms.” “Investing in our workforce is absolutely critical to ensure we get better outcomes for students, as we continue to make Victoria the Education State.” Download the Media Release (223 KB)

Biggest-Ever Investment In Teaching Quality In Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is giving teachers and school leaders the extra resources, training and incentives they need through a $244.6 million package to improve the quality of teaching and learning in every classroom across the state. Minister for Education James Merlino today launched a range of new incentives to attract teachers and fill hard-to-staff positions, as well as a suite of initiatives to give teachers and principals the support they need to excel in the classroom. The package includes: $41.7 million in financial incentives, including up to $50,000 to encourage teachers to work in hard-to-staff positions and schools, and yearly retention payments of up to $9,000 for three years to encourage teachers to remain in these positions for longer. $5.6 million for employment-based pathways into teaching, so the best and brightest university graduates and those with career experience can learn-on-the-job as a teacher, while simultaneously studying for postgraduate teaching qualifications at university. $41.5 million to support Victoria’s best school leaders to take on the most challenging and specialised roles. This will see more than forty executive principals employed to take on the most complex school leadership roles in Victoria, while nine additional Turnaround Teams will work to drive school improvement. $25.2 million to recruit, train and support Learning Specialists in every Victorian government school. Learning Specialists are a classification of highly skilled teachers who want to stay in the classroom and support improvement in other teachers’ work by sharing their knowledge with their colleagues. $68.4 million to extend Professional Learning Communities to all Victorian government schools. This means leaders and teachers in every government secondary school will be supported to collaborate and share best-practice across schools. These investments incorporate and build on $93.9 million in initiatives that were previously announced to improve educational outcomes for rural and regional students, to better support students in these areas and address the disparity between regional and metropolitan schools. The Labor Government is building the Education State so that every student can access a great local school and a quality education, no matter where they live. Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino “This investment is improving quality in our education workforce — and it’s the biggest investment of its kind in this state’s history.” “Great teachers change lives. That’s why we’re working so hard to attract the best people to teaching and supporting them to stay in our classrooms.” “Investing in our workforce is absolutely critical to ensure we get better outcomes for students, as we continue to make Victoria the Education State.” Download the Media Release (223 KB)

Contemporary Classrooms For Hughesdale Primary

Hughesdale Primary School students will benefit from a series of new modern classrooms, thanks to a $3.5 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and the Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos today visited Hughesdale Primary School to officially open the new, modern facilities. This includes a double-storey classroom block with eight new classrooms, four small group spaces, new student and staff amenities, designed to support contemporary teaching and learning. The new group learning spaces aim to encourage students to work together, while the additional break out areas are designed for continued discussion, to foster a culture of growth and curiosity throughout the school. For nearly 100 years, Hughesdale Primary School has provided a first-rate education while strengthening family and community engagement. The Labor Government is investing record funding in our schools to make Victoria the Education State. The Government has committed to opening 100 new schools by 2026 and upgrading more than 1,400 existing schools. This investment ensures that every child has access to a great education and that our schools can cater for Victoria’s rapidly-growing population. Modern learning environments help develop creative thinking, promote STEM literacy, and inspire learning for life, all of which are critical skills for future success. New and modern school buildings contribute to school pride for students, parents and the wider community, building their engagement with education. By reforming schools, the Labor Government is transforming communities. By sharing sport, cultural and health facilities, schools are becoming neighbourhood hubs. Quote attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Hughesdale Primary School is a thriving school that encourages its students to pursue excellence. Now, the school has contemporary facilities that reflects their high quality of teaching.” Quote to be attributed to Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos “Making sure our children have access to a quality schools and contemporary facilities is vital to ensuring kids get the most out of their education.” Download the Media Release (214 KB)

Contemporary Classrooms For Hughesdale Primary

Hughesdale Primary School students will benefit from a series of new modern classrooms, thanks to a $3.5 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and the Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos today visited Hughesdale Primary School to officially open the new, modern facilities. This includes a double-storey classroom block with eight new classrooms, four small group spaces, new student and staff amenities, designed to support contemporary teaching and learning. The new group learning spaces aim to encourage students to work together, while the additional break out areas are designed for continued discussion, to foster a culture of growth and curiosity throughout the school. For nearly 100 years, Hughesdale Primary School has provided a first-rate education while strengthening family and community engagement. The Labor Government is investing record funding in our schools to make Victoria the Education State. The Government has committed to opening 100 new schools by 2026 and upgrading more than 1,400 existing schools. This investment ensures that every child has access to a great education and that our schools can cater for Victoria’s rapidly-growing population. Modern learning environments help develop creative thinking, promote STEM literacy, and inspire learning for life, all of which are critical skills for future success. New and modern school buildings contribute to school pride for students, parents and the wider community, building their engagement with education. By reforming schools, the Labor Government is transforming communities. By sharing sport, cultural and health facilities, schools are becoming neighbourhood hubs. Quote attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “Hughesdale Primary School is a thriving school that encourages its students to pursue excellence. Now, the school has contemporary facilities that reflects their high quality of teaching.” Quote to be attributed to Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos “Making sure our children have access to a quality schools and contemporary facilities is vital to ensuring kids get the most out of their education.” Download the Media Release (214 KB)

$5.5 Million Boost For Carnegie Primary School

Carnegie Primary School students now have the world-class facilities they need to thrive, thanks to a $5.5 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos today visited Carnegie Primary School to officially open the school’s new facilities and announce $129,000 of additional funding for landscaping works. These works will include concrete paving, timber seating, play equipment, an area for sand play, garden beds and grassed areas. The school’s capital upgrade features a brand-new games hall with a state-of-the-art stadium with spectator seating, and specialist learning spaces. The design of the new Games Hall responds to the architecture of the school’s existing historic buildings, by referencing and incorporating key elements to create a cohesive, integrated and contemporary design. The upgrades also include a refurbishment of student and staff amenities, a new canteen and landscaping to encourage outdoor learning and nature play. Improved school buildings create a sense of pride amongst students, staff and families, facilitating learning in a contemporary, collaborative and nurturing environment. Carnegie Primary School is part of the Labor Government’s school building boom that will see 100 new government schools open by 2026. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Quote attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “We are proud to invest in Carnegie Primary School and it is exciting to see the benefits these upgrades will bring to the students, staff and the whole local Carnegie community.” Quote attributable to the Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos “It’s wonderful to see the positive impact these upgrades have made to the school and I can’t wait to see the continued benefits for the next generation of students who walk through these doors.” Download the Media Release (219 KB)

$5.5 Million Boost For Carnegie Primary School

Carnegie Primary School students now have the world-class facilities they need to thrive, thanks to a $5.5 million investment by the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos today visited Carnegie Primary School to officially open the school’s new facilities and announce $129,000 of additional funding for landscaping works. These works will include concrete paving, timber seating, play equipment, an area for sand play, garden beds and grassed areas. The school’s capital upgrade features a brand-new games hall with a state-of-the-art stadium with spectator seating, and specialist learning spaces. The design of the new Games Hall responds to the architecture of the school’s existing historic buildings, by referencing and incorporating key elements to create a cohesive, integrated and contemporary design. The upgrades also include a refurbishment of student and staff amenities, a new canteen and landscaping to encourage outdoor learning and nature play. Improved school buildings create a sense of pride amongst students, staff and families, facilitating learning in a contemporary, collaborative and nurturing environment. Carnegie Primary School is part of the Labor Government’s school building boom that will see 100 new government schools open by 2026. The Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 7,500 construction jobs for Victorians. Quote attributable to Minister for Education, James Merlino “We are proud to invest in Carnegie Primary School and it is exciting to see the benefits these upgrades will bring to the students, staff and the whole local Carnegie community.” Quote attributable to the Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos “It’s wonderful to see the positive impact these upgrades have made to the school and I can’t wait to see the continued benefits for the next generation of students who walk through these doors.” Download the Media Release (219 KB)