STATEMENT FROM DEAF CHILDREN AUSTRALIA'S CEO
DCA has become aware of false and misleading statements circulating on Facebook about Deaf Children Australia (DCA).
For clarity, the Victorian government is responsible for deaf education in Victoria. Deaf Children Australia (DCA) is a long-term supporter of deaf education, and has built and provided a peppercorn lease for the buildings upon which the Victorian College for the Deaf (VCD) operate on St Kilda Road.
This existing long-term lease comes to a conclusion in 2024. To this end, we have been working in good faith with the Victorian School Building Authority (VSBA) on the next steps.
Like any landlord we are looking at a reasonable rental return, as our priority is the maximisation of mission and service delivery impact for deaf and hard of hearing children, young people, and their families both state and nationwide.
The future of VCD and its negotiations with the Department of Education remain a matter to be resolved internally. We are disappointed false and misleading information has been circulated and DCA’s reputation has been questioned.