The Andrews Labor Government is giving families in Melbourne’s south-east access to the first-rate education facilities they deserve.

Premier Daniel Andrews today visited McKinnon Secondary College to announce a second campus for the school would be built to meet its growing demand for enrolments.

A site is being sought within the East Village development in Bentleigh East to house the new campus and meet the local area’s need for secondary school education.

Designs for the new campus and details on how McKinnon Secondary College will operate across both campuses will be determined once a site has been secured. It is expected the new campus will create an addition capacity for between 650 and 1100 students.

The Labor Government has invested more than $2.8 billion in school infrastructure to build the Education State.

Victoria’s school building boom has delivered more than 1,200 school upgrades and 64 new school projects across the state, including at several schools in the local area, like $13.4 million for Bentleigh Secondary College and $9 million for McKinnon Secondary College.

Quotes Attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

“We are building the Education State so every child has access to a fantastic local school and has the chance to reach their potential.”

“We’re getting on with the job of expanding the capacity of fantastic schools such as McKinnon Secondary College to give more families access to the great local schools they deserve.”

 Quote Attributable to Minister for Education James Merlino

“Demand for secondary school places in this community are growing, and a second campus of McKinnon Secondary College will cater for the future needs of the local area’s young people.”

Quotes Attributable to the Member for Bentleigh Nick Staikos

“The local community have been asking for more capacity at McKinnon Secondary College for some time and we are getting on with delivering it.”


Where will the school be built, as it shows on the Victorian Planning Authority map, the school will be built on the corner of Curtin and Barrington Streets?

The Victorian Planning Authority (VPA) concept Plan shows how the precinct could be developed in the future. It currently shows a school located there. However, this is a draft plan only and the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) is currently in talks about acquiring a parcel of land within the East Village site. Further details about the site will be announced once the confidential negotiations have been finalised.

When will the school be built?

The Department of Education and Training (DET) and the VSBA are in the very early stages of planning and there are many other factors that we need to confirm before we can provide a timetable. The next steps involve working with the VPA and Glen Eira Council concept plan for the site and the acquisition of land. The final delivery of any new school is subject to normal budget processes.

Why a secondary school, why not a primary school?

The Department undertook a review of secondary school provision in the area and it clearly showed a need for additional secondary school capacity as part of the precinct.  We will continue to assess the need for primary school or early learning facilities.

Will it be a new school or a campus of an existing school?

The future school will be a second campus of McKinnon Secondary College.

Will it be a junior or senior secondary campus of McKinnon Secondary College?

The VSBA are still in the early stages of planning. Following the site acquisition, more details about the campus will be worked through with the school.

How many students will the new campus accommodate?

The campus capacity is yet to be determined. The proposed site will accommodate a secondary school with an enrolment capacity of between 650 to 1,100 students.

Who is overseeing the development of the new school campus?

The Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) will oversee the development of the school in partnership with McKinnon Secondary College. 

Will the school be a vertical build?

It is still too early to determine the exact structure of the school as this will be guided by the size and the location of the site within the precinct

When will the master plan and designs be released? 

Funding to appoint an architect is subject to normal budget processes.

Where will the drop off and pick up zones be?

Once a site is secured within the precinct, a Traffic Management Plan will be developed in consultation with Council.  The plan will identify drop off and pick up zones and how to manage pedestrian traffic and vehicle traffic flows

What will the enrolment boundaries be for this new school?

The designated neighbourhood boundaries for enrolment will be reviewed and made available closer to the school opening.

The Education and Training Reform Act (2006) states that a child is entitled to be enrolled at their designated neighbourhood Government school.

A school may accept enrolments from outside the designated neighbourhood boundary, subject to the availability of spaces and the Department of Education’s Placement Policy.

When can I enrol my child?

These details will be confirmed within the year prior to the opening.

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