State budget highlights 2018/19

​​The Victorian Government's 2018/19 Budget invests in the future of education in this state.

This Budget continues the commitment to making Victoria the Education State through a $3.6 billion investment in schools, TAFE and training, and early childhood.

This Budget continues to build pride and confidence in our schools through the biggest school capital program this century.

In recognition of the direct link between a student's health and wellbeing with the ability to learn, this Budget delivers a package of health and wellbeing initiatives that will see more allied health professionals in our schools delivering critical mental health support.

This Budget puts a major emphasis on post-secondary pathways to give Victorian students career opportunities now and into the future. Links to industry and employment will be strengthened, and secondary students will be more deeply engaged in planning pathways for their future amid an ever-changing job market.

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Early childhood education


Building the Education State begins with the early years, which is why it's so important that we continue to invest in our youngest Victorians.

The Victorian Government knows that better quality early childhood services mean a better start in life for our kids and that's why the Victorian Budget 2018/19 makes major investments to build and upgrade early years facilities and increase support for families and young children.

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 includes a $135.9 million boost to early childhood services – ensuring our kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

  • $42.9 million to build, upgrade and equip kinders across Victoria so thousands more children will be able to attend. This includes $9 million to construct and co-locate early childhood development facilities at schools
  • $8.9 million to maintain universal access to 15 hours a week of kindergarten in 2019. This includes improved educator to child ratios, teacher salaries and other costs
  • $17.9 million to fund a language program to up to 120 kinders across the state, and 10 to have half of their daily curriculum delivered in a language other than English
  • $8 million to continue to build a highly skilled early childhood teaching workforce.

Maternal and child health services

This Budget provides $4 million to continue funding for Victoria's world-class maternal and child health (MCH) services for Aboriginal families.

Local government and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations will deliver MCH services directly, or in partnership with local government.

Scholarships will be offered to support Aboriginal nurses to undertake studies in midwifery and MCH.

School education

The Victorian Budget 2018/19 continues the Government's commitment to the Education State.

It means across the state, 28 new schools will be built and planned, accommodating more than 15,000 students, with more than 130 existing schools upgraded.

This Budget is investing $2.8 billion to make sure every student has access to a great school, and can develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life.

Investing in our schools

The Victorian Government continues to build new schools and upgrade existing ones because every Victorian family, wherever they live, deserves a good quality school.​

This Budget invests $1.25 billion to build and upgrade Victoria's schools.

Funding includes:

  • $353.2 million to build and plan 28 new schools in the fastest growing parts of the state
  • $271.7 million to purchase land for new schools
  • $482.8 million to upgrade and modernise 134 schools
  • $10 million boost to the Inclusive Schools fund.

Supporting students to achieve their best

Previous budgets have invested in creating the best teachers. This Budget builds on that by investing in making sure kids are ready to learn, and supporting students to make better decisions on careers and pathways.

Funding includes:

  • $109 million to redesign Careers Education to assist students to make better career and pathway decisions
  • $50 million for 1,700 new Head Start Apprenticeships and Traineeships at 100 Victorian government secondary schools to give students the option of doing an extra year of school so they may finish as a fully qualified apprentice or trainee. This will provide invaluable options for young people to start their trade and graduate ready to enter the workforce.
  • $25.9 million to enhance vocational pathways by improving students' access to high quality Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS) courses
  • $44 million to expand the successful Navigator program, providing intensive outreach support to young people at risk of disengaging from school
  • $32.9 million to improve STEM outcomes through training 200 teachers to become Primary Maths and Science Specialists.

TAFE and training

In Victoria, skilled workers are in high demand.

That's why the Victorian Government is investing $644 million to continue transforming skills and training in Victoria.

The Victorian Government's record investment in major road and rail projects, new schools and hospitals, the NDIS and historic action to curb family violence has created a massive demand for skilled workers.

With high quality TAFE training and the right careers advice, Victorians will be first in line for these new jobs.

This Budget invests $172 million for Free TAFE for Priority courses​ to provide tuition-fee free training for 30 non-apprenticeship courses and 18 courses that provide pathways to apprenticeships across the state, for Victorians who are eligible for Victorian Government-subsidised training.

Supporting our apprentices

Apprentices are the future of our workforce, and the Victorian Government is investing $43.8 million to re-introduce trade papers, implement new independent assessments and update learning materials.

These key reforms will ensure that Victorian apprenticeships and traineeships produce workers with industry-standard skills who are ready for the workforce of the future.

Quality apprenticeships and traineeships for the modern economy fact sheet (docx - 257.98kb)

Building Better TAFEs

 This Budget is investing $120.4 million in three major TAFE projects:

  • $35.5 million to redevelop Federation Training Morwell, including a Future Skills Training Centre and a Technical Training Centre of Excellence
  • $25 million for Federation Training’s Port of Sale Development to consolidate its services in Sale into a new Educational Community and Industry Hub
  • $59.9 million to revitalise the Bendigo Kangan Institute Bendigo City Campus.

More funding for ​more training

The Victorian Government is investing an extra $304 million for extra training to meet industry demand for trained graduates that are critical to Victoria’s economic prosperity. This investment will fund our TAFEs, Learn Locals and private training organisations to deliver more than 30,000 additional training places. 

More information

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