An Andrews Labor Government will improve pedestrian safety around inner-city schools, establishing a pilot high-level School Safety Panel to cut through traffic and bureaucracy alike.

Shadow Minister for Education, James Merlino, visited Our Lady Help of Christians Primary School in East Brunswick with Labor Member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett, to make the announcement.

The School Safety Panel will be piloted in the seat of Brunswick focusing on reducing the red tape that school principals have to deal with when trying to make it safer to get home from school.

There will also be a pilot site in an outer-suburban electorate and one in regional Victoria.

Schools adjacent to busy roads, public transport and major bottlenecks can cause busy, chaotic scenes that put parents and kids at risk.

Quotes attributable to Mr Merlino:

“Red tape should never get in the way of our kids’ safety.”

“Principals face too many roadblocks – we’ll listen to the problems and we’ll take action.”

“Parents shouldn’t have to worry, kids shouldn’t be at risk. Principals are calling out for this and Labor is listening.”

Quotes attributable to Jane Garrett, Labor Member for Brunswick:

“Labor’s School Safety Panel will cut through the traffic, cut through the bureaucracy, and get things done.”

“Principals have called for action on this concern and Labor’s plan gives them the central point to go to proactively seek resolution to these matters, particularly when there are multiple authorities involved.”

“These unresolved matters represent the anxiety of thousands of parents and this is a common sense solution that puts the welfare of children first.”


Key Facts

  • Labor’s School Safety Panel will be convened for 12 months and will be required to consult with, and act upon, on the concerns raised by school principals.
  • People like the Secretary of the Department of Education, the Secretary of the Department of Transport and the Chief Executive of VicRoads will sit on the panel.
  • All schools in the pilot site seat will be able to bring their traffic management problems to the attention of the panel.