School operations

Student Resource Package – Targeted Initiatives

Hindi and Punjabi beacon schools (Reference 152)

Detail of program

The Victorian Government committed $3.5 million over 4 years in the 2023–24 State Budget to establish 3 beacon schools to teach Hindi and/or Punjabi in Melbourne’s west, north and south-eastern suburbs.

The beacon schools will offer high quality learning in Hindi and/or Punjabi to background and non-background speakers while serving as system leaders in these languages by sharing and harnessing best practice and resources that promote improvement in students’ language competencies.

The funding is administered by the Languages Unit, Curriculum and Teaching Practice Division.


Following a selection process, 3 schools have been chosen as Victoria’s first Hindi/Punjabi beacon schools – one in each of Melbourne’s West, North, and South-Eastern suburbs.

Funding rates

Each beacon school will be funded $1 million over 4 years from 2024 to 2027 to establish and implement a sustainable Hindi/Punjabi beacon school model.

Funding is calculated at the Confirmed cycle. Funding is allocated through cash (10 per cent) and credit funding (90 per cent).



Reference 152 of the SRP Guide, providing information on Hindi and Punjabi beacon schools

Reviewed 27 March 2024


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