School provision review of the Docklands area

​​About the project

The Department has undertaken a school provision in Docklands.

This delivers 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

Stage one of the review assessed the level of need generated from the Docklands community for primary and secondary school education.

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.

Second Inner City Schools Package

The Victorian Government has responded to the review with the announcement of a second Inner City Schools Package. The Victorian Government has announced that the package will:

  • deliver a new Docklands primary school - the Department will finalise a site assessment for the new school
  • deliver the balance of funding for South Melbourne Park Primary School and Prahran High School
  • open the new Richmond High School and Ferrars Street Primary School in 2018
  • identify sites for a new primary school to support North Melbourne families - the Department is currently assessing a number of sites across the Arden and Macaulay precincts
  • identify sites and start planning for a new primary school in Fishermans Bend
  • identify sites and start planning for a new secondary school in Fishermans Bend.



For current enrolment information, see: South Melbourne (Ferrars Street) Primary School


When will the Docklands Primary School open?

The Department is currently undertaking a site assessment for the new school. When funding is allocated through the State Budget process, the Victorian Government will confirm the timeframe for the delivery of the school.

When will the new Primary Schools in North Melbourne and Fishermans Bend, and the new Secondary School in Fishermans Bend open?

The Victorian Government is planning for future school provision in the inner city. Work is currently underway to identify sites in these locations for future schools. The timeframes for land acquisition and new school construction is subject to the annual State Budget process alongside other state-wide infrastructure projects.

Where will the Docklands Primary School be located?

The Department is currently undertaking a site assessment for the new school.

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 developed options for how, where and when 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 Docklands 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 CRG was to act as a conduit for information between the Department, its consultants and the local community throughout the life of the project.

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

What data was used as part of the School Provision Reviews?

The Stage One report includes a range of data from independent population experts, school level data and Department data. There is a range of analyses in the report which includes examination of historic enrolment trends and forecast population growth. The analysis in the report has been conducted by independent consultants with data expertise.

Whoe measures school enrolment data?

The Department undertakes a school census twice a year to monitor school enrolments. The first census occurs on the last school day in February. The second (mid-year or August census) occurs on the first Friday in August. The enrolment numbers for a school can differ between the February and August school census due to the movement of students over that period. This movement can include students moving to a different school either in the same sector or to a different sector. 

What is school enrolment data used for?

Enrolment and other data from each government school are used for planning and reporting, allocating resources and input into the calculation of the Student Resource Package (SRP).

Whats the source of data on the My School website?

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) works with schools and school authorities to collect data underlying the broad range of school information published on My School website each year.  The Department provides enrolment data to ACARA for publishing on My School which is sourced from the mid-year (or August) school census.

Why are there differences between the sources of data?

Official data collected and stored by the Department may vary slightly from the school's own data or data reported by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA), or refer to a different point in time, but in each instance the data is checked to ensure that any significant differences are investigated. ACARA uses enrolment data from the August school census for reporting on the My School website.

Why do projected government 'demand' figures for individual schools differ from 'school enrolments'?

Local demand (sometimes referred to as the Demographic Demand Forecast) is a different measure than school enrolment data.

Demand data measures the number of children who currently (and are expected to) live in the local neighbourhood area of a particular school. This is a key data set used by the Department to plan for future school provision, as it provides an indication of the number of students who are entitled to attend a particular school, and minimises the variations experienced through enrolments, which may come from outside a school's local neighbourhood and may fluctuate due to a range of reasons.

School enrolment data captures all students enrolled at the local school who were eligible to be counted. This data includes students who travel from outside the local area.

Are decisions to invest in future school infrastructure based on ‘demand’ data or ‘school enrolment’ date?

The government looks at both data sets when making decisions about future school investment.

How is the Department supporting North Melbourne Primary School to deal with enrolment pressures?

The Department is providing eight extra classrooms in two new double-storey buildings at North Melbourne Primary School. These buildings have been handed over to the school, providing additional classrooms that will accommodate 200 students. This increased capacity will relieve immediate enrolment demand at North Melbourne Primary School. These buildings will also provide teachers and students with modern learning environments, and deliver the facilities necessary for a first-class education.

My question has not been answered, how can I receive further information?

The Department will continue to update this page. Please email and this page will be kept up to date to address the most commonly asked questions.