State budget highlights 2019/20

​​The Victorian Government's 2019/20 Budget invests in the future of education in this state.

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Early childhood education

Making Victoria the Education State starts with the early years. This is why we are delivering the biggest reform in the state’s history of early education to provide subsidised kindergarten programs to three-year-olds. The Victorian Budget 2019/20 invests a record $1 billion in early childhood education.

Kindergarten programs for three-year-olds

This budget includes $881.6 million to begin the roll-out, which will give children access to two years of subsidised kindergarten programs delivered by a teacher.

  • $ 92.4 million to support early childhood teachers and educators through more professional development, mentoring and scholarships, so that as three-year-old kindergarten rolls out across Victoria, our children continue to have access to highly trained professionals
  • $32.5 million for children experiencing vulnerability and disadvantage so they can access and meaningfully participate in kindergarten programs for three-year-olds, including through preschool field officers and the Kindergarten Inclusion Support and Pre-Purchased Places programs
  • $26.1 million to extend the Australian-first School Readiness Funding initiative to three-year-olds, supporting children to get the most out of kindergarten
  • $22.3 million to support practitioners to deliver quality educational programs, including access to tools to help tailor learning strategies and capacity-building resources and supports

Upgrading and expanding kindergartens

The Budget includes $473.2 million in funding for early childhood infrastructure.

  • $283 million in capital funding to support increased capacity to deliver kindergarten programs for three-year-olds
  • $156.6 million in infrastructure grants funding to further support increased capacity to deliver kindergarten programs for three-year-olds in partnership with the sector through a co-contribution model
  • $27.6 million for the Children’s Facilities Capital Program to build, upgrade and improve existing early years facilities
  • $6 million to improve playgrounds and buildings and provide equipment to help kindergartens be more inclusive and accessible to children with additional needs

Supporting Victorian children

The Victorian Government is making sure children are getting the support they need early in life including:

  • $24.1 million to start work on the Child Link Register, which will improve information sharing between key professionals responsible for the wellbeing and safety of children
  • $3.4 million for Early Childhood Intervention Services to support children with additional needs who are ineligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme

School education

The Victorian Government is continuing to build on its significant investment in the Education State.

Biggest building spend

This budget invests $1.82 billion as part of the biggest education infrastructure program in Victoria’s history.

Funding includes:

  • $624.8 million towards delivering 100 new schools across the state over the next eight years. This is in addition to $46 million to acquire land for future school sites
  • $402 million for infrastructure projects at non-government schools to deliver great schools across Victoria. This includes immediate upgrades to 15 schools
  • $362.7 million to upgrade 59 schools and plan for 44 further upgrades
  • $101.3 million to provide additional classrooms to schools to meet demand as part of the Relocatable Buildings Program
  • $179.5 million to remove asbestos that may pose a risk in the future in schools by the end of 2020. This includes upgrading 35 schools with new modular buildings
  • $20 million for projects to support students with additional needs and disabilities through the Accessible Buildings Program and Inclusive Schools Fund
  • $3 million for refurbishments in secondary schools to ensure students receive new mental health services in appropriate rooms
  • $1 million for planning and design to be undertaken at Clifton Springs Primary School and Sandringham College

Putting our students first

We’re making sure all students – regardless of their background or circumstances – can do their best while attending school and get the support they need to succeed.

Funding includes:

  • $58 million to expand the School Breakfast Clubs Program to an additional 500 schools, providing healthy breakfasts as well as lunches and school holiday supplies to children from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • $20.7 million to provide girls at all government schools with access to free tampons and sanitary pads, in an Australian-first program
  • $8.4 million to continue providing support and programs for students with disabilities and additional needs, including equipment boosts for schools and outside school hours care programs
  • $7.5 million to boost community language schools, giving more students the support they need to learn or maintain their heritage language or the language spoken by their family

TAFE and training

More Victorians will get the skills they need for the jobs the Victorian Government is creating with more training and better facilities. This budget includes $231.1 million to continue the Victorian Government’s transformation of our training sector.

Free TAFE

  • $69.7 million to expand and continue Free TAFE for Priority Courses for Victorians who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training
  • $28.5 million to add two new early childhood TAFE courses to the Free TAFE course list as part of the Victorian Government’s introduction of subsidised kindergarten for three-year-olds
  • $41.2 million to continue the roll-out of the successful Free TAFE program across Victoria’s TAFE network
  • $82.7 million for more places through TAFEs and training organisations. This will create new training places in areas that meet the skills needs of Victorian industries and priority workforces
  • $10.3 million for apprenticeship initiatives including $5.6 million for the Big Build and Social Services higher apprenticeships to give Victorians new opportunities to earn while they learn at higher qualification levels, and $4.7 million to ensure apprentices have the support they need

Upgrading and rebuilding

$57 million towards upgrading and building new TAFE facilities including:

  • $23.5 million to upgrade the culinary school at The Gordon
  • $20.3 million for a new learning and library hub for South West TAFE jointly funded with Warrnambool City Council
  • $10.2 million for an integrated centre for sustainable construction technologies at Box Hill Institute Lilydale Campus
  • $2.5 million to build a health and community services training facility at GOTAFE Seymour Campus
  • $500,000 for Melbourne Polytechnic and Chisholm Institute to complete planning and concept design works for their Collingwood and Frankston campuses

More information

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