Posted on 17. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, Victoria

A future Labor Government will invest $77.4 million to build new and expand camping and accommodation facilities across Victoria to provide more capacity for students participating in the Education for Life: the Year 9 Experience.

Premier John Brumby today visited a group of Year 9 students from Keysborough Secondary College at a camp in Gembrook, to make the new funding commitment, which is in addition to the $208.2 million Education for Life: the Year 9 Experience initiative announced yesterday.  

Mr Brumby said a future Labor Government will build two brand new residential camps, undertake a substantial upgrade of existing facilities and provide grants to establish or expand camping facilities for Year 9 students.

“We are determined to change the way we teach our young people, to equip them for the challenges of the future,” Mr Brumby said.

“By transforming the way we deliver Year 9 education, we will be able to unlock the great potential in our young people and equip them with skills for the future.

“The centrepiece of Labor’s Year 9 Experience will be a two-week camp where students will build on their new skills and develop strong bonds with their classmates.

“The camp could include a city experience for rural students, a regional setting for suburban students, outdoor challenges and leadership programs.

“To make sure our students have a memorable time, we’ll invest in building new cutting-edge residential schools and provide grants for new camps to be established and existing facilities to be expanded.”

Education for Life: the Year 9 Experience will run for a school term, focusing on life skills such as leadership training, saving and budgeting, volunteering, community service and bushfire awareness – to build resilience and independence among our young people.

The two-week camps will include outdoor, environmental, cultural and sport activities. Students will have the opportunity to complete certificate courses with the Country Fire Authority (CFA), State Emergency Service (SES), Life Saving Victoria and St John Ambulance.

As part of the Year 9 Experience, a future Brumby Labor Government will invest:

  • $50 million in grants for the establishment or expansion of camping facilities to provide new capacity for Year 9 camps;
  • $12.4 million to build two brand new residential student leadership camps in or around the Murrindindi Shire and the Grampians; and
  • $15 million to build new facilities at the Bogong Outdoor Education Centre, which will teach students about sustainable living and environmental protection,


Education and Skills Minister Bronwyn Pike said the investment in new facilities would ensure students have the best experience.

“To get the best out of their experience, it’s important we have state-of-the-art facilities right across the State to accommodate our Year 9 students,” Ms Pike said.

“The two new residential leadership camps and the upgraded facilities at Bogong, along with grants for new camps to be setup and existing facilities to be expanded will ensure our children get the most out of the Year 9 Experience.

“Schools will have a number of options including the brand new facilities, the nine Victorian Government owned residential schools, outdoor education centres and camps or it could be a travelling experience like the Great Victorian Bike Ride.”

The Year 9 Experience will commence in one third of government secondary schools in 2012 and that number will increase to 60 per cent in 2013 and all government schools in 2014.

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