Positive Start

The Victorian Government is taking action to re-engage primary and secondary students and boost their physical and emotional health and wellbeing in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic through the $112.9 million Positive Start in 2022 initiative.

Students who attend a government or low-fee non-government school will get a positive start in 2022 with access to additional camps, swimming programs, sports programs and cultural experiences.

After two years of disruption to their schooling, friendships and connections with learning, the initiative will help to get students back into the world and experience the richness of Victorian life and culture.

Through Positive Start, students will have more opportunities to attend camps with their peers and enjoy adventure activities such as abseiling, canoeing and rope courses. They will be able to visit museums, zoos, and galleries, and get involved in the visual arts, music production, drama and sport workshops.

Positive Start in 2022 is all about reconnecting and helping school communities to join in the rich activities on offer to connect with friends and schools again.

Funding breakdown

$84.3 million for the delivery of free camps during 2022 targeting those students who wouldn’t normally have the chance to attend a camp.

$12.4 million will provide access to a broad range of arts, sporting and cultural programs and experiences in 2022. 

This will provide fully subsidised places for students across the various programs, which will boost their engagement and motivation and help rebuild their connections with friends, teachers and communities.

$16.3 million additional funding through the Swimming in Schools initiative to provide swimming and water safety education for students.

When will these experiences and programs become available?

Further information about the initiative and how schools can access Positive Start programs and experiences for 2022 will be provided in Term 1, 2022.