Creating inclusive shared spaces

With smarter design, land-use and facility sharing, our schools can be more than places of learning.

Schools are at the heart of local communities. They have potential to be used by different groups and for purposes that benefit the whole community.

To maximise value, the Victorian Government’s Education State will transform many education facilities. This will create integrated community centres that:

  • bring people together
  • connect local services
  • foster community pride

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The Accessible Buildings Program provides access to mainstream school facilities for students and parents with injuries or disabilities.


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

Footscray Learning Precinct

Footscray is a diverse community. There are areas of disadvantage but also significant population growth. The 0–24 aged population in Footscray is expected to nearly double in 25 years.

In response to emerging demand, the Victorian Government is investing $15 million in Footscray Learning Precinct stage 1. The precinct will utilise world-leading infrastructure to link providers from early childhood right through to tertiary and adult education.

This will be the first learning precinct of its kind in Australia and will bring economic benefits for Western Metro.

The Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) is leading development of the precinct. VSBA is working to ensure the precinct meets the needs of:

  • children
  • students
  • local community

Construction of stage 1 will begin in 2018, with work completed in time for the 2020 school year.


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

Catering for a growing population

Maximising use of technology

Developing skills for tomorrow

Improving education infrastructure