Help Us Shape the Education State

The Andrews Labor Government is asking all Victorians to have their say about the future of our education system.

Launching discussion papers at the State Library today, alongside Minister for Education, James Merlino, the Premier said that our economy is changing, and our education system needs to change with it.

A two-month consultation will seek the views of students, parents, carers, teachers, principals, school council members, businesses and community groups.

The consultation will also test the development of specific targets for the improvement of our education system.

The 2015-16 Victorian Budget laid the foundations for the Education State, with $3.9 billion to help repair the damage left by the previous Liberal Government.

But we need to do more. While Victoria has a good education system, our challenges include:

  • Too many young children not developing fast enough for school
  • Student achievement that’s stalling in some areas
  • 10,000 young Victorians dropping out of school in years 9 to 11 every year
  • A further 6,000 leaving school to get training, only to give up within a year
  • People missing out on training, with TAFE enrolments dropping

The dedication of our teachers, principals, parents, carers and students makes our education system strong. But with the accelerating pace of change in our economy, we need to think differently.

For more information on the Education State or to find details on upcoming consultations across Victoria visit

2015 Education State Consultation Paper
2015 Education State Consultation Summary