Supporting active lifestyles in local communities

Every year, councils around Victoria support their local schools to participate in Walk to School. It’s a great way to get students’ and their families more active when travelling to and from school. VicHealth recognises councils have an important role to play in the Walk to School program and by receiving Local Government Area (LGA) Partnership funding, councils can help more Victorian children get active and build healthy habits for life.

What is the Walk to School LGA Partnership?

Every October, Walk to School encourages Victorian primary school students to walk, ride or scoot to and from school. We love seeing councils work with their local community and that’s why VicHealth’s Walk to School LGA Partnership gives councils funds to support active travel initiatives at a local level.

Councils who receive the funding encourage their primary schools to actively participate in Walk to School. Plus, they undertake local initiatives to help their community become more active when travelling to and from school.

Walk to School 2019 funded councils

Walk to School is all about making active travel easy, safe and accessible. Meet the councils going above and beyond to help their local schools and community get active.

  • Alpine Shire Council
  • Ballarat City Council
  • Banyule City Council
  • Bass Coast Shire Council
  • Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Benalla Rural City Council
  • Boroondara City Council
  • Borough of Queenscliffe
  • Brimbank City Council
  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Campaspe Shire Council
  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • Casey City Council
  • Central Goldfields Shire Council
  • City of Darebin
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • City of Port Phillip
  • City of Whitehorse
  • City of Whittlesea
  • City of Wodonga
  • City of Yarra
  • Colac Otway Shire Council
  • Corangamite Shire Council
  • East Gippsland Shire Council
  • Frankston City Council
  • Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Glenelg Shire Council
  • Glen Eira City Council
  • Golden Plains Shire Council
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Hobsons Bay City Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Hume City Council
  • Indigo Shire Council
  • Kingston City Council
  • Knox City Council
  • Latrobe City Council
  • Loddon Shire Council
  • Macedon Ranges Shire Council
  • Manningham City Council
  • Mansfield Shire Council
  • Maroondah City Council
  • Melton City Council
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Moira Shire
  • Monash City Council
  • Moreland City Council
  • Moonee Valley City Council
  • Moorabool Shire Council
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
  • Mount Alexander Shire Council
  • Murrindindi Shire Council
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Northern Grampians Shire Council
  • Pyrenees Shire Council
  • South Gippsland Shire Council
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council
  • Stonnington City Council
  • Strathbogie Shire Council
  • Surf Coast Shire
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council
  • Towong Shire Council
  • Wangaratta Rural City Council
  • Warrnambool City Council
  • Wellington Shire Council
  • Yarriambiak Rural City Council

FAQs

Have a question about Walk to School? Before contacting us, have a look at some of our most frequently asked questions and answers.

How does Walk to School work?

Participating schools encourage students to walk, cycle or scoot to school in October – even part of the way is OK. School can use encouraging activities such as classroom calendars, footpath signs and stickers to engage with kids and celebrate their active travel achievements.

What’s changed since last year’s program?

We’ve made it even easier for you to participate and demonstrate your council’s commitment to getting more Victorian children active. There is no need for schools or parents to register their data through the Walk to School website, councils will be the primary contact for their local schools. We’ve also increased the amount of funding for councils to help you build on your existing support networks with schools and help cover any additional costs. 

Walk to School resources are easier to order directly through our website. 

Councils no longer need to submit full participation data from their local schools to VicHealth – we’ll only ask you to record which local schools participated in the program, with their address. VicHealth will supply you with a simple excel spreadsheet to record this information.

 

Why do schools use classroom calendars?

The calendars are a bright, fun way to record how many times students walk, ride or scoot to and from school in October. Evidence shows that class based activities, such as counting the number of children who actively travel to school, help collectively reinforce the desired behaviour to walk to school. Schools can also use the calendars to reward students or celebrate the most active class at school assembly. 

What if my schools need help?

As a funded council coordinating local Walk to School activities, you may be required to assist schools with the purchasing and distribution of Walk to School materials and to encourage participation. 

What do I need to tell schools?

Everything schools need to know can be found on the ‘School fact sheet’. You can order or download and print the fact sheet from the Walk to School website. Simply hand them out to your schools.

Why does Walk to School go for a month?

Studies show that it takes at least 30 days to build a habit. The longer we do something healthy, the more likely that healthy habit will stick. That’s why Walk to School lasts for an entire month, rather than a single day. It’s about building healthy habits for life.

What do schools need to tell parents and carers?

Everything parents and carers need to know can be found on the ‘Parent and carer fact sheet’. You can print the fact sheet from the Walk to School website and send it to your schools to provide to their parents and carers or ask them to print them themselves.