The Victorian Independent Schools Block Grant Authority (VIS BGA) Ltd administers Australian and Victorian Government programs to improve educational outcomes for Independent school students by providing funding to assist with developing school infrastructure.
Established in 1989, VIS BGA’s primary objective is to carry out the functions of a block grant authority as described in the Australian Education Act 2013.
Schools wishing to apply for capital funding must become a BGA participant by entering into a legally binding agreement with the BGA, which, amongst other things, binds the school to:
the BGA’s administrative processes and procedures;
the conditions surrounding applying for, accepting and managing grant funds, including the repayment of grant funds under particular circumstances; and
remain a member of the BGA for a minimum period of three years.
For many schools, the existence of a master plan underpins the capacity to deliver bespoke design, timely project implementation, and good outcomes on cost and quality. All schools undertaking capital development should be doing so in accordance with a current master plan.
A master plan is much more than a drawing. It provides an opportunity to think strategically, long term, and to align a school’s vision, goals and objectives with the built form. A master plan provides a school community with reassurance that the School Board has a clear and well-founded base for future direction.
Master planning is a process that examines every aspect of a school’s physical and education al environment – past, present and future. In essence, a master plan will explain: