Important Amendments for VCE

I was pleased to speak in Parliament this Wednesday, the 29th of October, commending the Education and Training Reform Amendment Bill to the Legislative Assembly.

It was also a joy to take the opportunity in my opening to thank educators, students and parents alike for their resilience throughout 2020.

While the Bill makes minor technical adjustments to the 2006 legislation, the changes bear a broader legacy in supporting the Assessment Authority as it continues the most essential services to Victoria’s senior secondary schools.

Essentially, the Bill seeks to amend the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (ETRA) to clarify the employment powers of the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).  The Bill does this by making technical amendments arising from changes to the Children’s Services Act 1996 regarding early childhood teacher staffing requirements in children’s services.

The proposed changes deliver on our commitment as a Government, to ensure that bodies such as the VCAA are properly resourced and staffed, enabled to maximise delivery for secondary students at such a crucial time in their schooling.

The amendments provided for in the Bill, further enhance – even if technically – Victoria’s reputation as the Education State.

Watch my full speech here.