From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
Government school funding
Government schools are funded through their Student Resource Package (SRP) to provide programs in all curriculum areas, including Languages.
Until 2005 supplementary Languages Education funding was included in the SRP as a separate line item and identified as 'LOTE Funding'. From 2006 the separate funding line item was removed, and this funding was included in the SRP Core per student rates and enrolment linked bases.
Principals can access a report which identifies the current notional languages education budget within the SRP Core. For information about how to access the Languages Education - Notional Budget report, see: Sample Languages Education Notional Budget (pdf - 142.3kb) I Sample Languages Education Notional Budget (xlsx - 24.81kb).
Other resources and support
Schools are encouraged to explore cluster or cooperative arrangements to share resources. This could include linking students and teachers from different schools to undertake learning activities, sharing electronic and hard copy resources, curriculum planning to ensure consistency and continuity, and flexible delivery by video or web conferencing.
The Department provides a number of paid and volunteer language assistant programs to support the delivery of languages education programs in schools. For more information, see:
Assistants for languages programs
The Department’s Languages Unit and/or language-specific teacher associations will be able to advise on any grants available from foreign governments or cultural organisations to support the teaching of a specific language. For more information, see:
The Languages and Multicultural Education Resource Centre (LMERC) provides resources in 40 different languages and includes resources for curriculum development as well as practical classroom materials. Items can be posted to schools in rural areas and renewed by phone or email. For more information, see: