Delivering Upgrades To Non-Government Schools

The Andrews Labor Government is making sure all school students benefit from a record investment in education infrastructure, with a $402 million contribution for upgrades for the non-government school sector.

Minister for Education James Merlino and Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll today visited Ave Maria College to open the school’s new Helene Province building, and to open applications for the first round of the $402 million Non-Government Schools Capital Fund.

This contribution to non-government schools more than triples the capital funding support provided to the sector since 2015.

With more than one third of students in Victoria attending non-government independent and Catholic schools, the Labor Government is making sure that all students benefit from this investment in school infrastructure.

The funding announced today is part of a record $1.82 billion investment in Victoria’s education infrastructure in the Victorian Budget 2019/20 – delivering on the Government’s promise to make Victoria the Education State.

The Labor Government contributed $500,000 toward the construction of the Helene Province building for Ave Maria College. The three-storey learning centre building includes a ground floor administration, classrooms and a refurbished library.

The Helene Province Building honours Helene de Chappotin, Foundress of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM), who established Ave Maria College in 1963.

Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

 “Every student deserves access to modern school facilities, and with more than one third of Victorian students attending non-government schools we are making sure they benefit from our record investment into creating the Education State.”

Quote attributable to Member for Niddrie Ben Carroll

“This new Helene Province building will help the energetic team of teachers at Ave Maria College provide their girls with a nurturing environment where they can excel.”

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