Ensuring that families have access to high-quality schools, especially in areas with growing populations.
The Victorian Government has committed to making Victoria the Education State. Central to this is ensuring that families have access to high-quality schools, especially in areas with growing populations.
Current reviews include:
Developing a new school is a significant investment and involves a number of stages to ensure that public money is invested in the right place at the right time. These stages include demographic assessment, a site suitability assessment, followed by land acquisition, design and finally construction.
The Department plans for new schools through the regular monitoring of residential growth, demographic change and enrolment trends across Victoria. This ensures that current and future demand for schools is properly planned.
Victoria’s population has been steadily increasing. Since 2009 government school enrolments have increased by over 25,000 students and the State’s most recent demographic forecasts, Victoria in Futures 2014 (VIF 2014) demonstrates that this growth is set to continue. Victoria’s school age population is projected to increase by 300,000 individuals by 2031 and this increase in the student population will need to be met by a combination of new, existing and non-Government schools.
The Department will continue to work with the local councils, local communities, metropolitan planning authority and other relevant stakeholders, to monitor and plan for government education provision to ensure all Victorian students have access to high quality education as the population continues to grow.
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