Government schools in Gippsland will now be able to apply for funding to build more inclusive and equitable facilities under a new $10 million Fund unveiled by the Andrews Labor Government.

The new $10 million Inclusive Schools Fund has been established to help government schools better support the social and educational needs of children with a disability, by providing funding to build best practice inclusive school facilities.

Applications are now open, with successful projects due to be announced by the end of the year.

Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing urged local schools to be creative and innovative with their ideas in their applications.

There are great examples of schools across Victoria making interesting and stimulating learning and play spaces which meet the requirements of all students, including those with special needs.

The Inclusive Schools Fund is one of nine initiatives in the Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools to ensure that students with disabilities get the same chances as other students, and fulfils a key election commitment.

The new $10 million Fund is in addition to the annual Accessible Buildings Program that is available to all government schools to provide facilities that support students, parents and teachers with injuries or disabilities.

Applications close on 16 November 2015. Schools can download the guidelines and application form for the Inclusive Schools Fund at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Our new $10 million Inclusive Schools Fund is part of our Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools. It will help to make our schools even more inclusive and equitable for students with disabilities and special needs.”

“The Special Needs Plan for Victorian Schools is part of the Labor Government’s almost $4 billion investment to make Victoria the Education State.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Harriet Shing

“This Fund will support our schools in Gippsland to build best practice, inclusive school facilities.”

“We want all students in Gippsland – regardless of ability, circumstance or postcode, to have the skills and opportunities they need to be their best.”