The Victorian Budget 2021-22 supports teachers through leadership training, more staff, and mental health initiatives
The Victorian Budget 2021-22 invests an additional $3.1 billion in new school programs and infrastructure, including a range of initiatives to support teachers.
Here are some of the highlights for teachers in this year's Victorian Budget.
Investing in teaching excellence
The budget invests $148.2 million to establish a new statutory authority, the Victorian Academy of Teaching and Leadership, to ensure teachers and principals have the world-leading training they need.
This Australian-first program will deliver advanced professional learning for 500 highly skilled Victorian teachers per year, drawing on contemporary research and best practice across key curriculum areas.
In addition to the Teaching Excellence Program, the Academy will deliver six new school leadership programs, with a purpose-built site established in the Melbourne CBD and seven regional sites.
Investing in more teaching staff
To attract and develop high-quality teachers to Victorian schools, the budget invests $4.8 million to equip an additional 95 teaching students to work in schools in disadvantaged areas.
The budget also invests in the further development of 10 existing and two new Teaching Academies of Professional Practice partnerships between schools and universities.
Improving mental health outcomes
The Victorian Budget 2021-22 is investing a dedicated $277 million in new support for schools, ensuring mental health and wellbeing is a core part of a student's experience at school.
This includes establishing a new $200 million School Mental Health Fund, which schools will use to deliver programs, staff and other support specific to their school community's needs.
The School Mental Health Fund will be rolled out to all regional and rural government schools as a priority from Term 3, 2022, with metropolitan schools to follow from 2023.
Schools will be able to draw from a range of evidence-based measures proven to work – from the 'Positive Education' model to therapy dog programs to mental health first aid training.
Schools will also be able to use their funding to engage more mental health and wellbeing staff to further support their children and young people.
The Mental Health in Primary Schools pilot will be expanded to reach 100 schools in 2022.
Boosting student learning
To boost teaching and learning in schools, this year's Victorian Budget also includes:
- $19.5 million for Turnaround Teams working intensively with government schools facing significant and complex challenges to improve student outcomes
- $20.5 million to increase access to the Victorian Government's 10 Tech Schools, which are building students' STEM skills while connecting them to the jobs of the future
- $31.2 million to improve the educational outcomes of Koorie students, with funding to continue the Koorie Literacy and Numeracy program, expand the Koorie Pre-School Assistants program to four new locations and support the Koorie Engagement Support Officer initiative. Engagement with Koorie communities will take place with the Department's key partner — the Victorian Aboriginal Education Association Incorporated (VAEAI).
Find out more
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For more information about the Budget, refer to the department's Victorian Budget 2021-22 highlights.