More students with disability in Macedon will receive the support they need to learn, contribute and participate in their schools and classrooms, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Mary-Anne Thomas was at Gisborne Primary School this morning to announce that twenty schools across Macedon will receive further funding support to make their school more inclusive for all students, as part of the Disability Inclusion package.

The schools receiving funding are:

Elphinstone Primary School $14,957
Gisborne Primary School $122,911
Kyneton Primary School $92,620
Romsey Primary School $96,275
Mount Macedon Primary School $44,544
New Gisborne Primary School $120,854
Riddells Creek Primary School $86,973
Taradale Primary School $46,143
Tylden Primary School $52,882
Woodend Primary School $91,580
Lancefield Primary School $63,678
Darraweit Guim Primary School $23,730
Hesket Primary School $25,344
Bolinda Primary School $34,022
Langley Primary School $9,412
Malmsbury Primary School $42,568
Macedon Primary School $67,547
Newham Primary School $45,163
Gisborne Secondary College $185,875
Kyneton High School $113,705


Schools in Macedon are in Year 1 of the five-year Disability Inclusion roll-out, and will all receive a base level of funding from Term 3 this year, with additional funding provided depending on the individual school’s characteristics.

This new funding support is ongoing and is in addition to support already provided through the current Program for Students with Disabilities.

Schools will use this funding to implement whole-school practices that support the inclusive education of students with diverse learning needs such as autism and learning difficulties. This may include undertaking professional development for staff, employing new disability and inclusion staff, and purchasing programs,  interventions or specific equipment and technology – depending on the needs of their students and the school.

For example, a school may choose to use this funding to employ a new inclusive practices leader to work in classrooms with teachers or an occupational therapist to develop sensory profiles.

Other schools may choose to use the funding to invest in the services of external professionals or coaches who can provide advice and training on equipment and technology to support learning for students with diverse learning needs, and implement consistent inclusive supports throughout the school.

Disability Inclusion will be rolled out progressively over the next five years, reaching all Victorian government schools by 2025.

The Victorian Budget 2020/21 invested an unprecedented almost $1.6 billion to make sure Victorian students with disability are supported at school through the Disability Inclusion package.

The record investment will transform support for students with disability in Victorian government schools – doubling the number of students receiving extra support in the classroom to 55,000 – and is expected to create up to 1,730 jobs across the state by 2025.

Disability Inclusion will transform funding and support for students with a disability in Victorian government schools, to ensure every student at every ability can thrive at school and in life as we continue to build the Education State.

Quote attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“This is the biggest change in disability support in our schools Victoria has ever seen, and it will make a difference in classrooms and to kids across the state.”

Quote attributable to Mary-Anne Thomas, Member for Macedon

“This funding will enable schools in Macedon to support more students with disability, so that they can get the great education they deserve.”