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Wednesday, 27 January 2016


The Andrews Labor Government is making Victoria the Education State by breaking the link between disadvantage and achievement. To help achieve this, the Government’s first Budget provided $566 million in needs based funding.

Schools in Castlemaine and the region will get more support to be their best when classes return this week.

Breakfast Clubs

The Andrews Labor Government, in partnership with Foodbank, will ensure that 173 breakfast clubs are up and running from the first day of the 2016 school year, with a further 327 to start later this year.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and local school Campbells Creek Primary and Harcourt Primary will benefit from this program from Term 1 2016.

Camps, Sports and Excursions

The Government’s Camps, Sports, and Excursions Fund will make sure every student – regardless of their background – gets the chance to be involved in every part of school life.

The Fund will provide $148.3 million over four years for disadvantaged students to cover the cost of school trips and other activities, ensuring they can join their friends and reach their full potential.

Bags for Preps

Every single student should have the equipment they need to make the most of school.

This includes our Prep students, who we want to give the best start to for their school years. As part of this, each new Prep student in government schools will get a free library bag, packed with important information for kids and parents about starting school.

State Schools Relief

The State Schools Relief program will help families in Castlemaine and region with students at government schools who struggle to buy essential items for their kids.

Through State Schools Relief, the Government will help around 35,000 Victorian families cover the costs of school uniforms, shoes and other essential items. This includes the Year 7 government school students eligible for the Labor Government’s Camp, Sports and Excursions Fund, who will automatically receive a pack including the basic uniform items they need to start at their new school.

School Bus Program

Castlemaine and region families accessing the School Bus Program are set to save hundreds of dollars a year in student bus fares.


Currently, students not attending their closest government or non-government denominational school pay annual bus fares ranging from $480 to $1240, depending on distance travelled.

From the first day of the 2016 school year these students will be able to travel at a reduced rate of $480 per annum.

 “We’re making sure every school student in Castlemaine and across the region has access to a healthy breakfast and the equipment they need for a rewarding 2016 school year.”

“It is so important local families don’t have to decide between feeding their children or providing them clothing and textbooks. These programs will help address that burden.”

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