Regional development focus

Regional development in Victoria

Regional Victoria has an open and diverse economy with competitive strengths including strong growth in services, high-quality food and fibre production, a highly skilled workforce and liveable cities and country communities. The regional Victorian economy was worth $66.9 billion in 2014 and is responsible for about a third of Victoria's $36 billion export trade. Over 650,000 regional Victorians are employed across the state.

Well-managed population growth is bringing opportunities through new skills and economic activity. The Victorian Government will take a collaborative and proactive approach to delivering the services and infrastructure needed to support the growth and prosperity of the state's regions. Regional Development Victoria (RDV) is the Victorian Government's lead agency in developing rural and regional Victoria and is responsible to the Minister for Regional Development. RDV works closely with various government agencies to facilitate economic, infrastructure and community development to improve the quality of life for regional Victorians.

Victoria's Regional Statement

In February 2015 the Regional Review consulted with communities, councils and businesses and gathered the input of almost 700 regional stakeholders.

As part of its response to the Review's recommendations, Victoria's Regional Statement acknowledged the changes affecting regional communities and the urgent need to tackle pockets of entrenched disadvantage in parts of Victoria. The Review acknowledged that opportunities and challenges facing regional communities are complex and intertwined, and government needs to respond appropriately and promptly.

The Regional Statement is about creating jobs, providing a better start for young people, and supporting a brighter future for families and communities. It is built on the government's recognition that every region is different, from dry land to irrigated farming and from big cities to small towns. Some regions are experiencing significant population growth, while others are facing population decline. Victoria's regional communities have their own character, their own aspirations, and their own understanding of the challenges and opportunities they face.

The Regional Statement outlines the priorities, policies and projects funded in regional Victoria and details a vision for a new, more collaborative approach to regional government.

Regional Partnerships

The centrepiece of the Regional Statement is the establishment of nine new Regional Partnerships that will highlight regional priorities straight for government attention. The Regional Partnerships approach will enhance regional leadership, giving regional communities more say and a closer connection to the decision-making process of government.

Regional Assemblies

Each Regional Partnership will hold a Regional Assembly to bring together people from the community, industry and government to discuss and debate the region's top priorities.

Members of the community have an opportunity to help set the agenda for their local Assembly in the weeks leading up to the event via the Engage Regions website.

The nine Regional Partnerships

Map of the nine Victorian Regional Partnerships - Barwon, Central Highlands, Gippsland, Goulburn, Great South Coast, Loddon Campaspe, Mallee, and Ovens Murray

Figure 1. Map of the nine Victorian Regional Partnerships – Barwon, Central Highlands, Gippsland, Goulburn, Great South Coast, Loddon Campaspe, Mallee, Ovens Murray, and Wimmera Southern Mallee.

For more information about the nine Regional Partnerships click on the links below:

Place-based analysis

The Regional Development Victoria Information Portal provides interactive and easy access to data, reports and links that can be used to inform regional development. The Portal contains data for over 200 variables and 135 geographies. It covers various themes including the economy, population and age, geography, socio-demographic, human capital, labour markets, housing, physical capital, land use, and forecasts.

Regions of Victoria fact pack

In 2015, Boston Consulting Group (BCG) produced a number of reports analysing the major sectors of the state economy and suggesting areas for further investigation.

The Regions of Victoria Fact Pack Regions of Victoria Fact Pack - Boston Consulting Group (PDF 2290.99 KB)PDF icon was developed to explore how Victoria's evolving economy is affecting different regions. It covers metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria and includes 13 regions aligned with the five Plan Melbourne metropolitan regions and the eight Regional Development Victoria planning regions.

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The fact pack is presented in three parts:

  • An overview of the key economic and industry trends, and how they play out in the different regions.
  • Profiles of the 13 regions, including key economic and social indicators, local industry structure and a high-level assessment of performance (economic growth and unemployment) and risk (education levels and exposure to manufacturing decline).
  • Areas for further investigation.

Note: The BCG fact packs were reports to government; not reports of government. The recommendations they contain are made by BCG, and are not government policy.

More information

Visit the Regional Development Victoria website

Page last updated: 15 December 2016