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Mater Christi College students have been recognised alongside the state’s best performing VCE students in the Premier’s VCE Awards. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP today congratulated Lucy Fenton and Lillie Park Jenkinson on their outstanding achievement. • Lucy Fenton was recognised with an award..

Top Students Recognised In Premier’s VCE Awards

Victoria’s best performing VCE students have been recognised with Premier’s VCE Awards, celebrating their outstanding efforts and achievements in their final year of schooling amidst the challenges of 2020. Minister for Education James Merlino congratulated the high-achieving students, which include a young musician with her..

Mental Health Building Blitz Begins In Geelong

Residents in Greater Geelong will soon have access to better local mental health support with a construction blitz now underway on two major projects thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Work on a new world-class 16-bed acute mental health facility at Barwon Health’s McKellar Centre will..

Expert Forum Shapes Victoria’s Mental Health Workforce

Experts across Victoria’s mental health sector have been invited to have their say on how the state will develop a sustainable and diverse workforce to support the rebuild of the mental health system at a key online forum. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino today..

Victoria’s Teaching Excellence Program Takes Shape

The Andrews Labor Government is encouraging Victoria’s best and brightest teachers to apply for the prestigious Teaching Excellence Program at the new Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the opening of applications for the Australian-first program of advanced..

Supporting Our Senior Secondary Students To Succeed

The Victorian Government will continue to provide extra support to students in their final years of school, with the Consideration of Educational Disadvantage process to continue in 2021 in light of continued disruptions to the school year. Once again, Victorian students have done a remarkable..

Construction Tenders Out For 10 New Government Schools

More students and their families will soon have access to a great education in their local area thanks to the Andrews Labor Government, with 13 new schools on track to open in 2023. Tenders for construction have been put out as part of a $491.6..

Have Your Say On Education Reform

Victorians are being encouraged to have their say on the Andrews Labor Government’s major reforms of school-based vocational education and senior secondary education. The reforms will see the integration of the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) into the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE). This will..

Free Transport Extension For Shepparton Students

Shepparton students will continue to receive free bus travel in 2022 as they transition to their new world-class secondary college, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. The free bus travel extension will be available to Greater Shepparton Secondary College (GSSC) students who currently use the..


The Victorian Government has announced more support for environmental volunteering and local communities by providing funding for vital Landcare jobs in Monbulk. The funding will deliver 80 Landcare facilitator jobs across the state for the next three years. Member for Monbulk James Merlino MP said..

New School Names Revealed Ahead Of 2022 Launches

The names of nine new 2022 Victorian government schools have been unveiled as more than 1 million students across the state returned to schools for the start of term 3. Minister for Education James Merlino was today joined by Member for Albert Park Martin Foley..

Student Teachers Make Their Mark On Secondary Schools

An additional cohort of high-achieving student teachers will bring their expertise to secondary schools in rural and regional areas and disadvantaged communities from the start of next year to help bolster student outcomes, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today..

New Support Service Announced For LGBTIQ+ Community

The Andrews Labor Government is helping LGBTIQ+ Victorians and their families get the support and care they need with a new state-wide counselling service called Qspace. Minister for Mental Health James Merlino and Minister for Equality Martin Foley today announced Drummond Street Services and its..

Supporting Victorian Students With Disability

More Victorian students with disability will get the support they need to learn, contribute and participate in their schools and classrooms, thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced that all government schools across the Barwon, Loddon Campaspe and Bayside Peninsula..

Prize Encourages Students To Reflect On Service Of Veterans

Victorian students in Years 9-11 in Monbulk are eligible to win $2,500 as they learn about Australian service people and their history through the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize. The annual competition run by the Victorian Government aims to build greater awareness of Australia’s war..

A Chance To Get More Electric Vehicle Chargers In The Dandenong Ranges

The Victorian Government is calling for businesses, councils and community organisations to install electric vehicle charging stations across the state, with $5 million in funding to expand Victoria’s network of fast chargers – including chargers that give electric vehicles enough power to drive 100km after..

Funding To Support Important Upgrades At Victorian Schools

More Victorian schools will be eligible to receive a funding boost to deliver small but important upgrades, thanks to the Victorian Government’s Minor Capital Works Fund. Minister for Education James Merlino today officially opened Round 2 of the Minor Capital Works Fund which gives government..

Schools Supported With Essential Maintenance Projects

More than 500 schools across the state will be supported in getting essential maintenance and bushfire-ready works off the ground, thanks to the Victorian Government. Minister for Education James Merlino today announced 282 government schools will share in $12.48 million in Term 2 funding for..