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A top of the range sports pavilion, a skatepark upgrade and an eco-friendly energy project are coming to the Yarra Ranges thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government’s Growing Suburbs Fund. Local Government Minister Shaun Leane, Member for Monbulk James Merlino and Member for..

Kinder Upgrades Across The State

The Victorian Government is repairing, expanding and building new kinders so every child can access Three-Year-Old kinder as the ground-breaking program rolls out across the state. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced 13 projects across Victoria that will share in more than $13.8 million..

Building Better, Safer Schools Across Victoria

The Victorian Government will deliver vital maintenance and safety works at more than 400 schools to support jobs and local businesses through the coronavirus pandemic and improve facilities for students and staff across Victoria. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced hundreds of schools will..

Expert Panel Recommends New Standardised Test

An independent review of NAPLAN commissioned by Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT is recommending an overhaul of the national standardised assessment to ensure that it meets the needs of schools, parents and students now and into the future. The report was presented..

Online Wellbeing Support For Families

The Victorian Government is helping parents and carers manage home learning and stay resilient during the coronavirus pandemic by providing a range of free online resources. Minister for Education James Merlino introduced child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg for a webinar on Tuesday 25 August –..

Support For Educators Helping Students Start School

More support will be available to educators and teachers to better prepare for children moving from kindergarten to school. Parliamentary Secretary for Early Childhood Education Sonya Kilkenny announced additional support for early childhood services and schools will be available to prepare children in kinder for..

Major Works Underway At Fitzroy Gasworks School

Families living in and around Fitzroy are a step closer to having a vibrant new senior secondary college campus, with construction now under way on the new Fitzroy Gasworks School. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Richmond Richard Wynne today announced the start..

Free Kinder For Families Through Coronavirus

All kinder in Victoria will be free for Term 3, and children will be supported to learn from home thanks to a relief package to support early childhood services through the pandemic from the Victorian Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced an extension..

Free Pads And Tampons In All Government Schools

Free pads and tampons are now available in every government school in Victoria – reducing the discomfort and embarrassment around periods for girls and saving families hundreds of dollars every year. Victoria is the first state or territory in Australia to ensure all students attending..

Face Coverings And Masks For Metro Schools

Schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will be one of the first priority areas to receive reusable face masks in coming weeks as remote learning returns. The Victorian Government has placed orders for 1.37 million reusable fabric masks from five Victorian manufacturers. These orders..

Return To Flexible And Remote Learning

Most students in Victorian schools in areas under Stage 3 ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions will return to flexible and remote learning for the start of Term 3, limiting the number of people moving across our state to help slow the spread of coronavirus. On the..


An online community survey asking for feedback on a concept design for the new multi-deck car park at Belgrave Station shows that overall, local residents, traders and station users welcome the car park upgrade and want it delivered as soon as possible. The survey, which..

Temperature Checks To Be Introduced In Term 3

Daily temperature checks will be introduced in schools across metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire as part of the Victorian Government’s effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Following the advice of Victoria’s Chief Health Officer, the Victorian Government has today announced that students at government..

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..

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..

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..

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…

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..