About the project
- The Department of Education and Training is currently reviewing school provision in Banyule.
- This is delivering on the State Government’s election commitment to undertake a school provision review in postcodes 3081 and 3079.
- The review is covering the suburbs of Ivanhoe, Ivanhoe East, Heidelberg, Heidelberg Heights, Heidelberg West, Rosanna, Macleod and Bellfield. 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.
- A Community Reference Group has been formed to test project findings and share information with the community. This group includes a cross section of the community and key stakeholders.
- The findings of Stage One indicate that between now and 2031 there is likely to be a surplus of both government primary and secondary school places across the Banyule study areas.
- However, it also found that issues exist, such as the location and configuration of schools, which limit the effectiveness of the school network to meet current and future needs.
Stage Two of the review will now get under way and will look at options to better meet the needs of Banyule residents. This will include further consultation with the community and key stakeholders.
The following considerations have been identified for Stage Two of the review:
- Look at options to identify when, where and how additional needs should be met in the future.
- Consider interim options to improve access to primary and secondary education for Banyule families.
- Consider issues highlighted by the community, notably relating to access and transport.
- Consider how the schools that currently supporting Banyule families will be impacted by any changes to provision.
- Consider the implications of maintaining a high reliance on relocatable classrooms in the long-term.
Following the completion of Stage Two the findings and options will be presented to the Minister for Education. The timing and execution will be subject to availability of funding and prioritisation of the project at a State level.
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 is being 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 will look at developing options to identify when, where and how additional needs should be met in the future.
Following the completion of Stage Two the findings and options will be presented to the Minister for Education. Timing and execution will be subject to availability of funding and prioritisation of the project at a State level.
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.
Why is the Department of Education and Training consulting with the community?
The Department is undertaking 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 is 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 is the purpose of the Community Reference Group?
As part of the review, the Department has established a Community Reference Group (CRG). The aim of the CRG is to act as a conduit for information between the Department, its consultants and the local community throughout the life of the project.
The CRG includes 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.
School Provision Review for Banyule - Stage One: Needs Analysis Final Report (docx - 10.92mb)