Victorian Budget 21/22

A great education for every child

Every parent wants their child to be happy, healthy and to have every opportunity in life.

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That means being able to rely on a great local school and know their children are getting the most out of their education.

That’s why we’re investing to make sure Victoria’s schools continue to support our kids to be their best. This includes:

  • $55 million to continue swimming and water safety programs in schools across Victoria
  • $39 million in programs to improve outcomes for Aboriginal students from early childhood to senior secondary, including an expansion of the Koorie Pre-School Assistants program to four new locations, including one in regional Victoria
  • $20 million to continue supporting our Tech Schools including expanding online teaching, as well as a new mobile delivery pilot for students in remote Gippsland, connecting more secondary students to the skills and jobs of the future

Supporting students with disability

Last year’s Budget included $1.6 billion to transform support for students with disability – doubling the number of students receiving extra support, including kids with autism, dyslexia or complex behaviours.

This Budget builds on that investment, to reduce barriers for children with disability and additional needs. This includes:

  • $20 million to extend outside school hours care and school holiday programs for young people with disability, as part of a pilot at six government schools
  • $15 million to improve access to school facilities for students with disability and additional needs, including ramps and handrails, alterations to toilets and showers and technology for students with vision or hearing impairments
  • $10 million to make our schools more inclusive, delivering new playgrounds, outdoor sensory areas and quiet spaces

This Budget also delivers the new Mount Ridley Special School in Craigieburn, with additional funding to begin planning the upgrade of Verney Road School in Shepparton.

Reviewed 15 May 2021


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