Strategies and initiatives
Agriculture and fisheries
Victoria’s Animal Welfare Action Plan
The Victorian Government is developing the first ever Action Plan for Victoria’s animals.
Please visit Victoria’s Draft Action Plan for animal welfare to find out more.
Wine industry development strategy
The purpose of the Wine industry development strategy will be to improve the long term performance and sustainability of the wine industry in Victoria.
Victorian Aboriginal fishing strategy
The department is committed to working with the Aboriginal community and other fishing sectors to sustainably manage fish resources in freshwater and saltwater country, through the Victorian Aboriginal fishing strategy.
Invasive plants and animals policy framework
The Invasive plants and animals policy framework presents the government's approach to the management of invasive species.
Viticulture biosecurity strategic plan
The objectives of the Viticulture biosecurity strategic plan are to provide a biosecurity policy forum for government and major stakeholders and to provide leadership in the planning and management of state vine health issues.
Victorian wild harvest abalone fishery management plan
The Victorian wild harvest abalone fishery management plan specifies the objectives, strategies and actions for managing the fishery.
Cultural and creative economy
Creative State - Victoria's first creative industries strategy
With more than $115 million in new funding, Creative State is designed to grow Victoria's $23 billion creative and cultural economy, turbocharge local creative enterprises, create new jobs and employment opportunities, and bring social and cultural benefits to Victorians.
Jobs Victoria supports disadvantaged Victorians into the workforce by consolidating all Victorian Government employment services into one system, making it easier for jobseekers to access the help they need to get work. The key initiative under Jobs Victoria is the Jobs Victoria Employment Network.
Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN)
The JVEN is the centrepiece of a new approach to employment assistance in Victoria. Through a network of specialist employment services, the program delivers employment assistance to people and places that need it most.
Other initiatives to support Victorians into work are:
Youth Employment Scheme (YES)
YES creates structured training and employment opportunities for young people aged 15 to 24 years by supporting traineeships in the Victorian public sector. The program helps build skills and opportunities for local labour markets and provides career pathways for those who are disadvantaged in the labour market.
Major Projects Skills Guarantee (MPSG)
MPSG requires all Victorian Government projects valued over $20 million to use Victorian apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10 per cent of the required labour. MPSG gives young people, and workers looking to re-skill, experience and opportunities on Victoria's biggest infrastructure projects.
Social Enterprise Strategy
The Victorian Government has launched Australia's first Social Enterprise Strategy to improve sector support and ensure more social, economic and employment opportunities for disadvantaged Victorians.
Business in Transition Support (BiTS)
BiTS helps to reduce the impact of retrenchments, particularly in the manufacturing industry and regional communities. BiTS ensures business owners understand their obligations and responsibilities, helps workers to plan for their future after retrenchment and links to other agencies that offer services to the business and its employees.
Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan
The Victorian Government has announced its $46.5 million Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan, to assist workers affected by the closure of the major car manufacturing in Victoria to find new jobs.
Events and tourism
Victorian Visitor Economy strategy
The Victorian Government's objectives for supporting the growth and sustainability of the tourism, events and visitor economy sector are outlined in the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy (PDF 1424.37 KB).
Victorian Visitor Economy Action plan
The action plan to implement the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy over the short to medium term is outlined in the Victorian Visitor Economy Action planVictorian Visitor Economy Action Plan (PDF 1895.64 KB)
Equal Workplaces Advisory Council
The Equal Workplaces Advisory Council will report to and advise the Minister of Industrial Relations, Natalie Hutchins about initiatives that will tackle the gap in women’s pay and workforce participation, including gendered occupational segregation.
The Central Bargaining Unit (CBU) assists departments, agencies and unions with industrial relations matters and enterprise bargaining to ensure the consistency of advice to employers and stakeholders and compliance with the government's public sector industrial relations policies.
The CBU is not directly involved in all public sector negotiations, it is a resource that parties can draw on to assist in the bargaining process. Its role is to:
- oversee bargaining across the public sector
- become involved in bargaining negotiations to assist parties to find workable solutions and avoid disputes
- assist in the resolution of disputes between parties.
Agencies should communicate with their portfolio department and CBU when:
- developing submissions for management logs and proposed agreements during negotiations
- developing proposals for service delivery improvements during negotiations.
Current enterprise bargaining agreements
Call Centre Code
The Victorian Government Call Centre Code has been developed to assist people to understand the Victoria Government's requirements and expectations in relation to the call centre industry. The Call Centre Code outlines legal obligations and also provides guidance on industry best practice to promote and maintain a sustainable call centre industry.
Industrial Relations Victoria has developed a range of information materials to help businesses, schools and parents with child employment, including information on how to apply for a child employment permit.
Guide to Wages Policy and Service Delivery Partnership Plans 2015
The Guide to Wages Policy and Service Delivery Partnership Plans 2015Guide to Wages Policy and Service Delivery Partnership Plans 2015 (DOCX 572.28 KB) provides departments and public sector agencies with an overview of the enterprise bargaining framework, the government's wages policy and Service Delivery Plans.
Long service leave
Industrial Relations Victoria has developed a range of materials to provide assistance on long service leave laws, including a comprehensive guide which explains the entitlements and obligations of employers and employees under the Act.
Public Sector Industrial Relations Policies 2015
The Public Sector Industrial Relations Policies 2015 Public sector industrial relations policies 2015 (PDF 272.7 KB) outlines the Victorian Government's policy on a number of important public sector industrial relations matters.
Transport and forestry industry councils
The transport and forestry industry councils are established under the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005. The Act aims to improve the position of small businesses in the road transport and forestry industries by providing information and support to run successful businesses.
Mining and resources
Balancing the needs of the environment, community and industry
Earth Resources Regulation is implementing strategies to safeguard the health and wellbeing of local communities. The regulator ensures that earth resource developments do not pose environmental and public safety risks and are accountable to local communities. This is achieved in partnership with the earth resources industry and other stakeholders.
Earth Resources Regulation stakeholder engagement strategy
This strategy sets the overall direction of our stakeholder engagement approach to build and secure stakeholder confidence and trust in our work.
Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund
The Regional Jobs And Infrastructure Fund supports regional development by investing in growing jobs, building infrastructure and strengthening communities in regional Victoria.
There are nine Regional Partnerships across the state that have been established to give regional communities greater say about what matters to them and ensure their voices reach the heart of government. Partnerships help to increase collaboration between communities, industry, businesses and government to address the most important challenges and opportunities in each region.
Each Regional Partnership is guided by a diverse group of members drawn from local communities, businesses and the three-tiers of government. They engage with their communities on priorities for their region, which are then presented through to government.
Regional Partnerships are the centrepiece of Victoria's Regional Statement.
Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan
The Victorian Government has announced its $46.5 million Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan, to assist businesses, workers and communities throughout regional Victoria affected by the closure of automotive manufacturing to meet the challenges ahead.
Small business festival
The Small business festival takes place annually each August, and comprises over 400 events, including workshops and seminars across metropolitan and regional Victoria provided through collaboration with industry groups, private organisations and agencies across three levels of government.
Small business bus
The Small business bus visits a variety of locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria, acting as a 'travelling office on wheels'. Bookings for a free 45 minute face-to-face consultation with an expert business mentor aboard the bus can be made through our website, as well as further details on the range of programs services
Multicultural business ministerial council
The Multicultural business ministerial council's role is to actively promote Victoria as a culturally diverse business centre, providing a forum for strategic business networking and promoting Victoria's trade agenda in emerging markets to better support people from non-English speaking backgrounds in their small business ventures.
Small business ministerial council
The Small business ministerial council's role is to encourage small businesses to innovate and grow in a dynamic environment, understand the pressures of regulatory red tape and aim to reduce it where possible, and voice common small business issues in the community.
Trade and investment
Investment attraction and assistance
As part of the Job Statement, the Victorian Government has committed to establishing a new dedicated investment attraction fund of $116 million that can be deployed at speed to attract investors and seize upon opportunities immediately. These investments will create thousands of jobs for Victorians.
Future Industry Fund
The Victorian Government has established the $200 million Future Industries Fund to support six high-growth sectors that have potential for extraordinary growth – to create jobs and attract investment in Victoria. Consultation with the business community, unions, experts and other levels of government is currently being undertaken to identify the initiatives that best support the future growth of each sector.
Additional trade and investment initiatives are discussed in the department's strategic plan.
Victorian Industry Participation Policy
The Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) requires government departments and agencies to consider competitive local suppliers, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), when awarding contracts valued at $1 million or more in regional Victoria, or $3 million or more in metropolitan Melbourne or for state-wide activities. VIPP also has a strategic project framework for projects valued at $50 million or more.
VIPP Strategic Projects have government mandated minimum local content requirements.
Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan
The Victorian Government has announced its $46.5 million Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan, to support economic development in the areas most affected by the closure of the major car manufacturing in Victoria.
Transport and infrastructure
Regional Network Development Plan
The Victorian Government has launched the Regional Network Development Plan – the first-ever long term plan to improve public transport in regional Victoria.
Fairer fare enforcement
From 1 January 2017, a new approach to fare compliance will be introduced to Victoria.
The Victorian Government is committed to delivering cycling projects and programs that focus on safety and increasing cycling participation across Victoria.
Page last updated: 25 January 2017