Catering for a growing population

Population growth means more Victorians engaged in education. That means building and upgrading education infrastructure.

Victoria’s population is growing and projected to reach 10.1 million by 2051. More students than ever will enrol in our education system.

The Victorian Government is investing in building and upgrading education facilities. This is needed to accommodate growing student numbers and ensure the next generation of students have equal learning opportunities.

Maintaining educational excellence and equity requires more infrastructure and better asset use. In planning for future education developments, government is working with:

  • local stakeholders
  • national stakeholders
  • local governments

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In the future In the future

By 2050, Victoria’s total school age population will increase by approximately 500,000 people.


Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 5 projects and reforms under this Education and training priority. These are detailed in the Education and training sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA)

The VSBA was established in 2016 and brings together a range of building and project management expertise. It is engaged with design ideas and dedicated community consultation. The VSBA:

  • builds on infrastructure planning and delivery strengths
  • focuses on project planning, delivery and community engagement
  • increases reporting to government with asset policy integration
  • provides an uplift in statewide and local communications

The pipeline for schools includes:

  • 10 new state-of-the-art schools in 2017 and 11 more in 2018
  • 35 more schools at various stages of delivery
  • All high risk asbestos removed from 497 government school sites
  • Funding for removal of possible future risk asbestos
  • Yarra Ranges Tech School opened in April 2017
  • Monash Tech School to open in 2017
  • Another 8 Tech Schools to open in 2018


The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 4 other priorities within the Education and training sector. They are:

Creating inclusive shared spaces

Maximising use of technology

Developing skills for tomorrow

Improving education infrastructure