Media Releases

Search Media Releases

More Support To Make Schools Inclusive For All Students

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more schools build inclusive play areas, sensory gardens and outdoor learning areas to support students with disabilities and additional needs. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a further 74 projects across the state will share..

New Laws To Make Schools Safer For Everyone

The Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorian schools the power to ban aggressive and violent parents from entering school grounds, to protect students and staff. Minister for Education James Merlino today introduced the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Protection of School Communities) Bill 2021, delivering on a key recommendation from..

Australian-First Academy For Our Best Teachers

Teachers from across our state will benefit from a brand-new multi-site academy of teaching and leadership excellence, as Victoria leads the way in raising the bar on teacher quality. The Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the Andrews Labor Government will..

Lilydale School Hub Opens As Koorie Strategy Launches

Lilydale students are learning in world-class facilities as part of a $56.3 million investment in local secondary students through the Lilydale District and Yarra Valley Education Plan, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlinoand Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today..

Supporting Koorie Kids To Succeed

Koorie kids, families and organisations will lead our efforts to better support Koorie students, under a new co-design initiative announced by the Andrews Labor Government. With funding of almost $3.7 million, we’re starting a state-wide consultation and co-design process that will deliver community-led changes in..

Smile Squad To Visit Even More Schools From Term Two

Thousands more Victorian school students will get free dental check-ups, with a major expansion of the Andrews Labor Government’s landmarkfree dental program. Acting Premier James Merlino and Minister for Health Martin Foley today announced 161 new primary and secondary schools will be invited to take..

Tutor Target Exceeded Across Victorian Schools

More than 5,600 tutors are working across Victorian schools to ensure no student is left behind in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The huge number is 1,500 more than the initial target of 4,100 set for the 2021 school year and includes more than..

Active Schools Grants To Help Get Kids Moving

Dozens of schools across Victoria will receive a funding boost to help get kids moving as they return to school for term two, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today joined Carlton AFLW star Tayla Harris to announce the 96..

Funding Helps Grassroots Work On Mental Health

Community groups and key peak bodies will be able to keep the conversation going about Victoria’s mental health reform at a local level, thanks to a $750,000 Andrew Labor Government investment. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today announced 16 community groups and peak bodies..

Non-Gov Schools Urged To Take Up Respectful Relationships

Respectful Relationships is a whole-school approach, supporting schools to embed respect and gender equality in all aspects of their culture – in the classroom, the playground, the staffroom, and the broader school community. To date, 309 non-government schools have signed up to Respectful Relationships, however,..

New Gym And Hope Centre For Heathmont Students

Students in Heathmont now have more first-class facilities at their school, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Bayswater Jackson Taylor today opened $5.5 million worth of upgrades at Heathmont College, comprising a new gym and a refurbished..

More Outside School Hours Care Options For Families

The Andrews Labor Government is helping more schools establish outside school hours care services, to get Victorians back into the workforce while ensuring our children are cared for. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced 53 schools will share in more than $4.1 million in..

Monbulk Clubs Score Sport Grants

7 grassroots sport clubs and organisations in Monbulk are set to bolster their coaching skills, administration expertise, or score new sports equipment thanks to a share in funding from the Victorian Government. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today announced the successful local applicants of..

Helping Victorian Families Find Their Local School

The Andrews Labor Government’s Findmyschool website has been updated so parents continue to have the latest information to find out the school zone they live in. Acting Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino said the updated website includes school zones for the 14 new..

Wage Subsidies Available For Dandenong Ranges Businesses

Businesses in the Dandenong Ranges area are urged to investigate their eligibility for wage subsidy payments of up to $20,000 per worker to take on people who have been most affected by the pandemic. The Andrews Labor Government opened employer applications for the $250 million..

Recognition For Monbulk School Industry Partnerships

Local businesses across the Dandenong Ranges that are giving students vital on-the-job experience have been honoured by the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today celebrated employers in Monbulk who are providing valuable workplace education for students through programs such as Head..

New Indoor Inclusive Space For Kallista Primary Students

Works have begun on a new Indoor Inclusive Learning Space as part of a $87,989 upgrade to make Kallista Primary School more inclusive. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today turned the first sod to start construction on Kallista Primary School’s new Indoor Inclusive Learning..

Monbulk Schools Share In Maintenance Boost

Students at more than 200 schools across Victoria are set to benefit from an essential maintenance boost, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today announced 5 schools in Monbulk are among the 230 schools that will share in $10.4..