Department program

Place-Based Education Plans

Place-Based Education Plans are a way for us to collaborate with local communities and education partners to transform local education outcomes.

They are delivered in areas where there are complex challenges to improving achievement, wellbeing and engagement in education for children and young people.

Place-Based Education Plans help identify and address the unique challenges and priorities of a local community, and can involve:

  • early childhood services
  • government and non-government schools
  • Tech Schools
  • TAFEs
  • universities
  • community and cultural organisations
  • local businesses and industry
  • local government and other government agencies.

Placed-Based Education Plans are currently at varying stages of development and implementation in:

  • Bayswater
  • Bendigo
  • Flemington (development phase)
  • Frankston North
  • Footscray Learning Precinct
  • Lilydale and Upper Yarra
  • Oakleigh (development phase)
  • Shepparton.

Bayswater Education Plan

From the 2020 - 21 state-wide Planning and Acceleration fund, $500,000 has been allocated to the Bayswater Education Plan for planning.

The Department will coordinate the development of a localised plan to support education provision in the Bayswater area. Building pride and confidence in local government schools within the Bayswater area will be a key objective for the plan.

The Department will work with key stakeholders in the Bayswater community to identify community needs and further explore the scope of the plan. These stakeholders include schools, local government, local business and other education providers.

Bendigo Education Plan

The Bendigo Education Plan 2018 (docx - 1.07mb) is a unique, local plan that aims to connect the different education sectors in Bendigo, creating clear pathways and access to high-quality educational services from birth, through schooling and into higher education, training and employment. This plan will bring the local community together to work towards achieving this common goal.

Based on what was heard from the local community, along with analysis of local data and educational expertise, a broad steering committee (made up of key stakeholders from the local community, including school Principals and representatives from local organisations) developed the new Bendigo Education Plan to meet the needs of the community now and into the next 10 years.

For more information on Bendigo Education Plan, visit Engage Victoria.

Frankston North Education Plan

The Frankston North Education Plan (docx - 1.03mb) seeks to improve the quality of education provision across the community in the early, primary and secondary years, as well as connect more adults into adult learning.

The first stage of the Frankston North Education Plan seeks to lift education outcomes for students at Monterey Secondary College, Mahogany Rise and Aldercourt Primary Schools.

$15 million has been allocated to implement the first stage of Frankston North Education Plan. This includes:

  • $9.5 million to upgrade Monterey Secondary College, including developing a Centre of Excellence that will align with local industry needs
  • $5 million to upgrade Mahogany Rise Primary School, including integrating a nearby early learning centre
  • $0.5 million to start planning for Stage 2, including upgrading Aldercourt Primary School.

The 2019-20 State Budget funded a further $11.2 million to deliver a new Early Learning Centre at Aldercourt Primary School and a competition grade gym at Monterey Secondary College.

For more information see Frankston North Education Plan.

For details about the associated infrastructure works, visit Victorian School Building Authority.

Lilydale and Upper Yarra Education Plan

The Lilydale and Upper Yarra Education Plan (docx - 1.19mb)  seeks to boost educational outcomes and equalise enrolment numbers. It ensures financial sustainability and an environment where resources are shared equally between the three secondary schools in the area.

$20 million has been allocated to the Lilydale and Upper Yarra Education Plan. This includes:

  • $5.8 million to Lilydale High School, to rebuild their Zoology Learning Centre with new
    co-located administration facilities
  • $8 million for Lilydale Heights College, to build the Sustainable Learning Hub, Gym and open up the town square
  • $6.2 million for Upper Yarra Secondary College, to build a STEAM pavilion and establish outdoor learning space.

For more information see Lilydale and Upper Yarra Education Plan.

For details about the associated infrastructure works, visit Victorian School Building Authority.

Shepparton Education Plan

The Shepparton Education Plan (docx - 1.33mb) will transform student outcomes by empowering all students to learn and achieve, experience high quality teaching practices and the best conditions for learning. This will equip them with the knowledge, skills and dispositions for lifelong learning and shaping the world around them.

To date, the Shepparton Education Plan has received $21.5 million across the 2017-18 and
2018-19 State Budgets. This initial investment includes funding for design, development and site preparation works for Greater Shepparton College (interim name), as well as design and construction of the Mooroopna Integrated Early Learning Centre.

For more information on Shepparton Education Plan, including the associated infrastructure works, visit Victorian School Building Authority.

Footscray Learning Precinct

The Footscray Learning Precinct will champion excellence in learning and teaching in Melbourne's inner west at all stages of education. The precinct will build on the richness and diversity of the community and will provide opportunities for learning in a whole new way.

The precinct will create one new secondary school with three campuses - two junior and one senior campus. It will also include Footscray City Primary School (with a new integrated early learning centre) and Footscray Primary School.

The Footscray Learning Precinct has received $14.9 million across three State Budgets to develop school facilities. The 2018-19 Budget invested a further $29 million for the new Seddon Secondary Campus. In the 2019-20 State Budget, the precinct received an additional $20.246 million.

For more information on Footscray Learning Precinct, including the associated infrastructure works, visit Victorian School Building Authority

New Place-Based Education Plans under development

The 2018-19 State Budget included funding for the development of:

  • Flemington Education Plan, with a focus on delivering excellence in education to meet the diverse needs of a growing community
  • Oakleigh Education Plan, to alleviate demand pressures and support existing schools with a continued focus on excellence in education.

Community engagement for these plans has been carried out in 2019.