About the project
The Department of Education and Training is currently reviewing school provision in Docklands.
This is delivering on the State Government’s commitment to recommence education provision planning for Docklands residents.
The review covers the Docklands and the immediate surrounding suburbs of North Melbourne, West Melbourne, Melbourne, Parkville and Flemington.
Stage One of the review assessed the level of need generated from the Docklands 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 more capacity will be needed by 2031 to meet the expected increase in demand for Government primary and secondary school places.
The study found that although schools in the area have enough room to meet current demands, some areas are beginning to reach capacity. It also found that the location of schools means some areas are better catered for than others.
Stage Two of the review is now underway and will look at options to better meet the needs of Docklands families. 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 for how, where and when additional needs should be met in the future.
Consider interim options to provide access to primary and secondary education for Docklands families.
Consider issues highlighted by the community, notably relating to access and transport.
Consider how the schools currently accommodating Docklands families will be impacted by any new 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 Docklands?
During the 2014 election campaign, the Government made a commitment to restart the planning process for a Docklands school, following on from the previously prepared feasibility study completed in 2012. 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 Docklands.
The review is being conducted over two stages. Stage One assessed the level of need generated from the Docklands community for both primary and secondary school education. Stage Two will look at developing options for how, where and when 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 Docklands 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 Docklands, Stage One: Needs Analysis Final Report (docx - 7.48mb)