Young students wearing school uniforms stand on playground equipment

Budget builds on growing schools and kinders

In the 2024–25 State Budget, the Victorian Government is investing $1.9 billion to build, expand, modernise and maintain schools across the state. 

This investment includes: 

  • $947.7 million to build 16 new schools to open in 2026 and additional stages at two recently opened schools 
  • $46.4 million for 2 school expansions in growth areas  
  • $68.9 million to purchase land for 3 future schools and expansion at 1 existing school
  • $226.7 million to upgrade and modernise 25 schools
  • $25 million for priority works such as leaking roofs or toilet upgrades though the Capital Works Fund.

The Budget also includes $265 million to maintain our schools ensuring they’re safe, modern and accessible.  

  • This includes $110 million to fund repairs and essential school maintenance to refurbish buildings and infrastructure through the Planned Maintenance Program.
  • $15 million to make our schools more accessible for young people with disability or additional needs.

This latest investment in great local schools, will support almost 4,800 new jobs in construction and associated industries. 

In addition to this, $19 million has been invested for Early Childhood infrastructure to support local councils and other eligible providers to update their kinder facilities and IT equipment to improve learning environments, deliver educational programs and support administrative work. 

We’re also building safe and inclusive kinders for all children with $9 million for building and facilities upgrades including playgrounds and equipment.