School provision review of the Banyule area

About the project

The Department of Education and Training has undertaken a school provision in Banyule.

This delivers on the State Government’s election commitment to undertake a school provision review in postcodes 3081 and 3079.

The review covers the suburbs of Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Heights, Heidelberg West, Rosanna, Macleod and Bellfield.

Stage one

Stage one of the review assessed the level of need generated from the Banyule community for primary and secondary school education. As part of Stage One, the Department undertook community consultation to explore local issues and perspectives.

Stage two

Stage two made a number of recommendations with respect to future school provision in the study area.

As part of both stages, the Department undertook community consultation to explore local issues and perspectives.

Community Reference Group

A Community Reference Group was formed to test project findings and share information with the community. This group included a cross section of the community and key stakeholders.

Response

In response to the review, the Victorian Government has announced that Charles La Trobe College will expand its primary school offering at the Olympic Village Campus, in Heidelberg West, from its current P-4 model to a P-6 school for the start of 2017.

The Victorian Government has accepted all recommendations in the review.

FAQs

When will the Olympic Village Campus of Charles La Trobe College offer all primary year levels?

Charles La Trobe College will expand its primary school offering at the Olympic Village Campus, in Heidelberg West, from its current P-4 model to a P-6 school for the start of 2017.

Will the Victorian Government be making additional investment in capital works in Banyule schools?

Allocations of funding for all new school projects and for existing schools are subject to the annual State Budget process alongside other state-wide infrastructure projects.

What is the School Provision Review for Banyule?

During the 2014 election campaign, the Government made a commitment to undertake a school provision review in postcodes 3081 and 3079. In September 2015 the Department of Education and Training commissioned specialist consultants to work in collaboration with the Department to assess the need for both primary and secondary school provision in Banyule.

The review was conducted over two stages. Stage One assessed the level of need generated from the Banyule community for both primary and secondary school education. Stage Two developed options to identify when, where and how additional needs should be met in the future.

Why did the Department of Education and Training consult with the community?

The Department undertook community consultation to ensure it makes the most informed decision about meeting both the primary and secondary education provision needs of current and future Banyule families.

The community consultation process was a two-way conversation focused on engaging the community through building strong positive relationships, informing the community on the relevant policy context, project limitations and opportunities, and testing and finalising the approach for determining need.

What was the purpose of the Community Reference Group?

As part of the review, the Department established a Community Reference Group (CRG). The aim of the group was to act as a conduit for information between the Department, its consultants and the local community throughout the life of the project.

The group included a cross section of the community including representatives from community groups, local schools and residents. The selection aims to closely reflect the diversity of the local population profile as well as the breadth of community interests and views.

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