Statement on the retirement of James Merlino

The Australian Education Union Victorian Branch acknowledges the significant contribution of Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, James Merlino to public education.

AEU Victorian Branch President Meredith Peace thanked Minister Merlino for his service as Minister for Education over the last eight years.

“By driving significant investment in school buildings and facilities, leading important changes and delivering additional funding for students with disability and for mental health support, and addressing excessive teacher workload, among many other things, his positive impact will be felt well into the future.

“He played a pivotal role in early childhood education reform, cementing Victoria’s place as a national leader in the early years at a time when the issue didn’t enjoy the kind of profile it does now.

“The union welcomes new Coordinating Minister for Education, Natalie Hutchins, to the portfolio. We look forward to working with her on behalf of the teachers, principals and education support staff across early childhood, TAFE and public schools in Victoria,” Ms Peace said.

MEDIA CONTACT: ALYS GAGNON – 0438 379 977

24 June 2022

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