On behalf of the Victorian Department of Education and Training, Urbis conducted a review of the methods used to inform decisions on new public school infrastructure in the state, and proposed a new long-term approach to planning for new schools.
Urbis reviewed the ratio of school places to population, standards on the size and year-level configuration of schools, and the infrastructure responses to managing fluctuations in enrolment. We also examined existing evidence on the planning standards under review, strategies used in other jurisdictions, and links between school planning and student outcomes; and conducted analysis and modelling of economic and historical data.
Desktop work was supplemented by consultation with stakeholders, focusing on key contacts within the department’s four regions and CBD office.
Urbis delivered an integrated report outlining the results of the review, as well as the proposed approach for managing future infrastructure investment, which was well received by the department.
Urbis reviewed the current ratio of school places to population, the standards relating to the size and year-level configuration of schools, and the infrastructure responses to managing fluctuations in enrolment.