Inclusive New Schools

The New Schools Public Private Partnership Project (the Project) is delivering 15 inclusive new schools across many of Victoria’s fastest-growing metropolitan and regional communities, with Universal Design Principles and inclusive learning spaces as core features of the design approach.

For more information, see: New Schools Public Private Partnership Project

To build on the successful design approach of the Project into the future, new School Provision Planning Guidelines for Students with Disabilities have been developed to support planners, regions and school communities to identify local need and plan inclusive school environments and facilities for students with disabilities. The Guidelines:

  • consolidate information about Victoria’s disability provision policy and provide information about a range of inclusive provision options that can be tailored to meet the education and support needs of all Victorian students
  • include Guiding Design Principles for Inclusive Schools which incorporate the Universal Design Principles for the needs of Victorian students with disabilities
  • introduce processes to ensure inclusive investments options are considered and prioritised.

School Provision Planning Guidelines for Students with Disabilities:

Building inclusive new schools

Updating the Building Quality Standards Handbook (the Handbook) has also been informed by the Project’s approach. The updated Handbook includes a new section on modern school design to reflect 21st century thinking about pedagogy and space. This includes the Guiding Design Principles for Inclusive Schools and requirements for use of the Universal Design Principles as best practice in building and designing environments that can be used by and are welcoming to everybody.

Building Quality Standards Handbook:

To request an accessible version of the Building Quality Standards Hanbook, contact Aidan Devitt on 03 9637 2888.