From promises to practice

As the dust settles from the 2014 Victorian Election and the newly-elected Labor Party swings into action, all eyes are on the many election promises made for education.

In reviewing Labor's education promises, we look forward to working to ensure these promises are met and that student voice and advocacy is heard at all levels. 

Labor Election promises for education 2014

Source: VCOSS and Vic Labor. Download the VicSRC Election Promises flyer.

 

Education promises:

Early childhood education

  • $50m to build and upgrade a number of kindergartens and early childhood centres across Victoria

 

School infrastructure

  • Will build 11 new schools – eight in high growth areas

  • $630m for school upgrades

  • $120m to build and upgrade Catholic and independent schools

  • Will build 10 Technical schools: in Gippsland, Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Monash, Casey, Wyndham, Banyule, Yarra Ranges and Whittlesea. Students would largely attend their regular school but would spend time at the Technical School for more vocational and technical education

  • $100m to conduct an audit of state government schools to identify asbestos and remove it.

 

Funding the cost of education

  • $150m Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund for students whose families hold Health Care Cards. Eligible primary school students will receive $125 a year, secondary school students $225 a year. The money will go to the school but be directed to the student.

  • $15.5m partnership with State Schools Relief to fund additional school uniforms, footwear and free eye tests and glasses for children at 250 disadvantaged schools

  • $13.5m for 500 breakfast clubs at disadvantaged schools.

 

Labor election promises - EMA

Labor election promises - EMA

 

School support and resources 

  • $42.6m for GPs in schools pilot program at 100 secondary schools in disadvantaged areas. GPs will bulk bill students

  • $1.6m mentoring program providing 100 annual scholarships for ‘high-achieving’ TAFE and university students to mentor young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The $3000 scholarships will reduce students’ HELP debt.

  • $1m to expand mentoring programs run by organisations working with disadvantaged youth

  • $146m plan to help students in regional Victoria with driving skills and enrol every Year 10 student in a free defensive driving course.

 

VET and TAFE

  • $320m for a TAFE Rescue Fund to rebuild and reopen TAFE facilities across Victoria as part of its Back to Work plan

  • Will conduct a VET Funding Review to develop a funding model for public and private providers.

 

Students with disabilities

  • Several commitments to support students with disabilities at school as part of its Special Needs Plan. This includes:

    • $10m Inclusive Schools Fund to help schools support students with additional needs

    • Require all newly built government schools or those undertaking planning works to provide facilities to accommodate the diverse needs of students

    • All new teachers will need to complete a special needs component at university to be able to register with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and existing teachers will also need to undertake ongoing professional development

    • Investigate the feasibility of establishing a Schools Commissioner to receive complaints from parents or students.

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