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Victorian State Budget 2023/24

Supporting students and helping parents

Great schools are just the beginning of a great education.

Three students playing on a basketball court

Excursions, camps and sports give students new experiences, beyond what can be taught in a classroom. That’s why we’re removing barriers like cost, and helping students who face these challenges so they can focus on what matters – learning.

To support our young people to engage in learning we’re funding:

  • $169 million to help cover the costs of school excursions, camps and sporting activities for students in need.
  • $105 million to support engagement and learning by continuing programs that deliver school breakfasts, affordable school uniforms, and glasses for kids.
  • $20 million to expand refugee education support programs that improve learning and wellbeing outcomes for students with a refugee background and their families.
  • $20 million to identify and support early school leavers who are lost or disengaged from the education and training system.
  • $13 million to offer education programs for young people who are at risk of disengagement from school, including targeted support for African and Pasifika young people.
  • $5.7 million to deliver I CAN to support students with autism.
  • $4.6 million to deliver the Safe Schools program to support LGBTIQ+ students.

This Budget includes $40 million for two education initiatives focused on early intervention that are expected to generate more than $115 million in economic and fiscal benefits over the next decade.

We’re also investing $205 million to support and develop more world‑class teachers in our schools, as we know how critical teachers are to improving educational outcomes and supporting our students across the state.

$40 million is provided to develop lesson planning and curriculum material aligned to the new Victorian Curriculum F‑10 to help ease the workload of Victorian teachers and deliver better outcomes for students. Teachers will also have access to professional learning programs and other curriculum resources to support them to implement the new curriculum.

Reviewed 21 May 2023


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