Ageing and outdated classrooms and school buildings will be upgraded in Victoria's largest single investment in school infrastructure.
The government unveiled a $1.1 billion education package in the 2016/17 state budget it says will ensure all Victorian children can meet their potential.
Elected on a “making Victoria an education state” campaign, Education Minister James Merlino says the funding will go to fixing the schools most in need – especially in regional areas.
“Our kids can’t get a first-rate education in second-rate classrooms,” Mr Merlino said.
Mr Merlino’s own Monbulk electorate missed out on new funding.
The budget will provide $48.3 million to roll out a Doctors in Secondary Schools program to give students access to healthcare.
Gonski funding levels will be met until 2017 but funding for 2018 and 2019 is uncertain because of the federal government’s failure to commit, Treasurer Tim Pallas says.
What is in the education package?
- $287 million to acquire land to build or complete 23 new schools.
- $92 million to establish 10 Tech schools at TAFEs and universities across the state.
- $68.5 to upgrade specialist schools in the poorest condition, including $10 million for students with a disability.
- $63.3 for relocatable classrooms.
- $50 million to help schools become community hubs.
- $28 million to remove asbestos from school buildings.
- $16 million to grow community pride in schools and build new sporting facilities.
- $12 million to plan upgrades at 35 existing schools to accommodate growth and update old facilities.