As a student from the University of Ballarat Arts Academy, I am thrilled the VCA has received generous funding from the Ted Baillieu government, with 24 million to go towards their school and programs. This step by the Baillieu government to support the VCA, whilst being a positive step for the arts industry of Victoria, could perhaps be seen as compensation for its collapse and Melbourne Uni's acquisition of the school. If it was purely for the support of arts, then lesser schools should have also been able to benefit from the sudden kindness the Ted Baillieu government has bestowed.
Our Arts Academy was rejected its request for 1.5 million from the government's budget after a formal submission. The University of Ballarat Arts Academy, whilst still young, is producing artists such as Jaz Flowers and Josh Piterman, who are gaining major roles and recognition in the Australian Theatre industry. With cuts to staff and contact hours, students from the regional university in particular, were saddened and frustrated by the fact the government was so generous to the VCA and yet could not provide any sorely needed funding to the Arts Academy.