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Giant leap for Giant Steps Melbourne school for children with autism

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Date : 11 April 2019

THE HON MICHAEL MCCORMACK MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development

THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP
Treasurer

THE HON DAN TEHAN MP
Minister for Education

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

10 April 2019

GIANT LEAP FOR GIANT STEPS MELBOURNE SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

The Morrison Government is investing $9.7 million to expand the Giant Steps Melbourne school and reduce the waiting list for its specialist education for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Victoria.

Giant Steps Melbourne provides a Prep to Year 12 school program for children with complex to moderate autism, with highly trained teachers and therapists integrating educational and therapy goals for all students.

Giant Steps Melbourne opened in 2016, following in the successful footsteps of Giant Steps Sydney which has been providing specialist education since 1995.

Demand for the education and support provided by Giant Steps Melbourne, however, is increasing and its waiting list is growing.

This funding, provided through the Community Development Grants Program, will enable Giant Steps Melbourne to expand and increase its support for Victorian families including:

Our support will leave a lasting legacy, with the funding also extending the work Giant Steps Melbourne does in collaborating with other schools and universities.

Through the Quality Schools package, the Coalition Government is investing around $300 billion in schools to the end of 2029. This is an increase in Commonwealth funding of 63 per cent over 10 years.

The Government can deliver this support because our responsible budget management allows us to guarantee the essential services that Australians rely on.

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