Schools in Eastern Metropolitan Region can now apply for funding for equipment to support students with disabilities or additional learning needs to participate more fully and engage in school life, thanks to the Andrews Labor Government.

Minister for Education James Merlino today announced the next round of the Equipment Boost for Schools initiative is now open to schools.

The Labor Government’s $8.8 million Equipment Boost for Schools initiative funds new specialised equipment and assistive technology to support students with disabilities or additional learning needs to participate, experience, learn and achieve on the same basis as their peers.

Schools can apply for equipment including customised or adjustable furniture, mobility equipment, literacy aids, communication software and inclusive recreation equipment. Schools can also be supported to provide training to teachers.

Equipment purchased can be re-purposed by other students with disabilities or additional learning needs who may enrol in the school in future.

The Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a great education.

In 2018, the Equipment Boost for Schools initiative supported every Victorian government school to purchase specialised equipment and assistive technologies to help students with additional needs.

The initiative is part of the Government’s commitment to inclusive education, which is ensuring that students with disabilities get the same opportunities as other students.

The next round of applications are open until 20 September 2019. For more information, and to apply, visit

Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Shaun Leane

“As we build the Education State, we’re continuing to invest in schools to ensure students of all abilities can get a great education – no matter their circumstances, level of ability or learning needs.”

 “I encourage local schools to apply for this funding, which will make a real difference to students who need it, and help make our classrooms and schools more inclusive for everyone.”