Western Metropolitan Region Schools | Adjournment

Ms VAGHELA (Western Metropolitan) :

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Education and Deputy Premier, the Honourable James Merlino, MP. This adjournment relates to the Minister’s portfolio responsibilities for education.

Nurturing the minds of our young Victorians and providing them with a safe place to learn has always been a priority for the Andrews Labor government.

More students and their families will soon have access to a great education in their local area thanks to the Andrews Labor government, with 13 new schools on track to open in 2023.

Tenders for construction have been put out as part of a $491.6 million investment to build 10 of the 13 new schools. We promised to build 100 new schools across the state by 2026, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.

Two of the schools which currently go by their interim names, Camms Road and Wollert West primary schools, which will include early learning centres on site, have been designed as supported inclusion schools, providing accessible and inclusive education for all students.

These schools include a greater emphasis on supporting students with disabilities to access specialist infrastructure and teaching expertise to ensure all Victorian children can attend a great local school.

The Victorian budget 2021–22 has seen $1.6 billion invested to build new schools and improve existing schools to make sure our kids have the bright futures they deserve.

In the past seven years, the government has invested more than $10.9 billion in building new schools and more than 1700 school upgrades, creating around 13 500 jobs in construction and associated industries. It is now ahead of schedule in its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 62 new schools opening between 2019 and 2024.

The action I seek from the minister is to provide me with an update on how many of the proposed new schools will be built in my electorate of the Western Metropolitan Region.