The concept for the development of Livingstone Primary school followed an amendment to the Melbourne Metropolitan Planning Scheme in 1970. The Vermont South area was basically re-zoned for residential purposes. Mr Ted Jane, Town Clerk from the City of Nunawading, encouraged the council to develop a “heart” for the area. This resulted in the setting aside of the area which is now occupied by the Vermont South Shopping Centre. To further the concept of the “heart”, the council persuaded the Education Department to purchase the 20 acres of land immediately to the north of the proposed Centre for school purposes. In 1974 the council made a submission to the Minister of Education for a “joint development with the Education Department in the provision of community facilities in Vermont South”. A public meeting was convened at the Vermont South Special School on March 26th, 1976.
From this meeting the Vermont South Planning Group was established. The inaugural meeting of the Livingstone Primary School Interim Committee was held on April 26th, 1976, at the Vermont South Special School. A committee was formed with representatives from the Education Department and Parkmore Primary School. By October 1976, this committee saw its task completed. Work commenced on the school on April 12th 1977, and the concrete was poured in mid-May. By July 21st 1978 all Grades had moved in, and the official opening was held on March 31st 1979 by John Richardson, Member for Forest Hill.