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New Careers And Pathways For Regional Students

The Victorian Government is boosting access to mentoring, role models and information about post-school options for regional and rural students through a range of new programs. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced a $2.5 million investment to help raise rural and regional students’ understanding..

Roadmap For All Students Return To The Classroom

Years 7-10 students will join their peers back in the classroom with the final stage of the return to face-to-face learning to occur this month. Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that, subject to final health advice, Year 7 students..

Celebrating Excellence In Victorian Schools

A secondary school teacher fostering cultural inclusion on the sports field, a principal driving education in the jobs of tomorrow and a primary school leading the way in student wellbeing are among the finalists acknowledged by the Victorian Government in this year’s Victorian Education Excellence..

Six Schools Join Forces In Yarra Valley Education Plan

More schools across the Yarra Valley and surrounds will come together to give students across the region a better education under the expansion of the Lilydale District and Yarra Valley Education Plan. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that the education plan had been..

Thousands Of High-Ability Students To Soar In Program

More than 3,500 high-ability Victorian students at government primary and secondary schools will start an educational extension program in Term 4 to reach their full potential. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the first wave of Year 5 to Year 8 students participating in..

Funding To Help Bushfire Impacted Kinders

Early childhood services impacted by last summer’s devastating bushfires will benefit from initiatives to help communities recover and receive trauma support. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced $500,000 to establish an Early Childhood Bushfire Recovery Grants program – a dedicated pool of relief early childhood educators..

Upgrading Monbulk Schools Brick By Brick

More students in Monbulk will soon have access to the first-class classrooms and facilities they deserve, with work under way upgrading Monbulk Primary School. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today announced that Harris HMC Constructions has been appointed to complete the upgrade, which will..

Centre To Deliver STEM Excellence For Students

Victorian secondary students will train for the jobs of tomorrow in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at a new specialist centre, under a partnership between the Victorian Government and the University of Melbourne. Minister for Education James Merlino and Minister for Training and Skills..

School Camps To Return For Regional And Rural Victoria

School camps will return in Term 4 along with face-to-face learning for schools in regional and rural Victoria, following health advice that they are safe to resume. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that camps will be limited to single schools and can only..

Names For New Schools Opening In 2021 Revealed

The names of the new schools the Victorian Government is building and opening in 2021 have now been chosen. Minister for Education James Merlino today unveiled the official names for 12 new schools, following consultation with local communities. The new school names will replace their interim..

More Mental Health Support For Victorian Students

More Victorian secondary school students will soon have access to the school-based mental health support they need, thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the timeline for the 2021 roll-out for Victorian government secondary schools across the state that will..


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..