Wednesday 24th March 2021

Works have begun on a new Indoor Inclusive Learning Space as part of a $139,797 upgrade to make Lilydale’s Victoria Road Primary School more inclusive.

The Inclusive Schools Fund builds on the unprecedented investment of nearly $1.6 billion in the state budget to support students with a disability or additional needs and is part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to inclusive education.

An additional $20 million was announced in the 2020-21 State Budget as part of the Labor Government’s $60 million Inclusive Schools Fund.

Since its inception in 2015, the Fund has supported 234 creative projects to build inclusive indoor and outdoor learning spaces as well as accessible playgrounds have been announced.

Inclusive education is about ensuring that all students, regardless of disabilities or other differences, can fully participate, learn, develop and succeed in Victorian government schools.

The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure every student can access a great local school and get a great education.

Strengthening inclusive education for all students, including those with disabilities and additional learning needs, is fundamental to an equitable and excellent school system.

In the past five years, the Victorian Government has invested more than $9 billion in more than 1,600 school upgrades – creating more than 10,000 construction jobs – and is now ahead of schedule its commitment to open 100 new schools by 2026, with 48 new schools opening between 2019 and 2022.

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing

“This new space will make a real difference to students at Victoria Road Primary School, who will get the benefits of new inclusive spaces to cater for a wider range of options for teaching and learning.”

“As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can access a great education – no matter their circumstances.”