About the Education State

​​Our promise is simple but bold: to build a world class edu​​cation system and transform Victoria into the Education State.

The Victorian Government has invested $8.5 billion to make Victoria the Education State, improving outcomes for every student, in every classroom, in every school, and for all communities. The Education State is building a system that provides every student with the knowledge, capabilities and attributes that will see them thrive throughout their lives, to have the skills that industry needs, and that employers expect.

The Education State will improve outcomes for all students, regardless of their start in life, promoting foundational learning domains such as reading, mathematics and science, alongside other important areas, such as critical thinking, the arts, physical education and resilience.

Building excellence and equity in equal measure means that all students will have access to the same quality education, regardless of their background or circumstance. The Education State in Schools initiatives include changes to school funding that allow schools to invest in targeted programs and focus on the things that we know will make a difference to student outcomes.

The Victorian Government is working hard, in the first years of the Education State, to put the foundations in place so that we see positive change for students.

This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build a future where Victoria is recognised nationally and internationally for the skills, knowledge, and expertise of its people.

​Achievements in schools

There has been successful reform and implementation for Victoria to become the Education State. The Victorian Government is working hard to ensure our education system moves from good to excellent.

Early successes include:

  • launch of the Victorian School Building Authority, with plans for 42 new start-of-the-art schools
  • launch of the very first LOOKOUT Education Support Centres and successful trials of Navigator services, to keep vulnerable young people in the education and training system
  • additional equity funding for schools.

Education State targets​

Our ambitious Education State school targets focus our efforts on the things that promote excellence across the curriculum, the health and wellbeing of students and break the link between disadvantage and student outcomes.

These targets reflect our ambition to improve student outcomes:

  • Learning for Life More students achieving excellence in reading, maths, science, critical and creative thinking and the arts.
  • Happy, Healthy and Resilient Kids Building the resilience of our children, and encouraging them to be more physically active.
  • Breaking the Link Ensuring more students stay in school and breaking the link between disadvantage and outcomes for students.
  • Pride and Confidence in our Sch​ools ​Making sure every community has access to excellence, in every government school and classroom.​