Agriculture Victoria works with the agriculture and fisheries industries on research, development and extension to improve production, connect the sector with international markets, support development and maintain effective biosecurity controls.
Fisheries' primary role is the regulation of commercial and recreational fisheries and aquaculture to ensure the sustainable management of fish resources in Victoria for social, economic and cultural benefit.
Strategies and initiatives
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.
Drought response program
The government has allocated $27 million to ensure drought affected communities are supported.
Supporting the dairy industry
The government is working closely with the dairy industry to support farms impacted by the issues facing the industry.
Target One Million
The government is committed to delivering its Target One Million plan for recreational fishing, which aims to grow participation to one million anglers by 2020.
The government is investing $8.5 million to upgrade its VicTrack rail sidings, as part of GrainCorp's historic $85 million Project Regeneration
Grants, awards and scholarships
Young farmers scholarship program
Young farmers in
Victoria can access scholarships of up to $10,000 to help boost skills and implement new on-farm
Food Source Victoria
Food Source Victoria
offers grants for food producers and businesses to develop growth plans, support export growth
and create quality jobs. It also offers scholarships for professionals in regional
Horticulture innovation fund
The Horticulture innovation fund supports industry to partner with research
organisations on projects that use new technologies and techniques for
improving overall economic performance.
Wine growth fund
The Wine growth fund offers grants that support initiatives to
develop the Victorian wine industry.
Rural women's award
The Rural women's award recognises the contribution Victorian women
make to primary industry and rural communities.
Recreational fishing grants program
The Recreational fishing grants program disburses revenue from the sale of recreational fishing licences to projects that will improve recreational fishing in
Stronger fishing clubs grants program
The Stronger fishing clubs grants program provides an opportunity for eligible
angling clubs to access up to $2,000 to promote membership.
Fisheries has a number of current fisheries consultations.
It also has an ongoing program of statutory consultations.
Animal welfare reform in Victoria
Animal welfare matters. It's important to animals; and it's important to the Victorian community, the government, our animal industries and the Victorian economy.
That's why the Victorian Government is developing a five-year action plan – Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria.
The first of its kind for Victoria, the Action Plan will identify the direction for animal welfare for the Victorian community, government and our animal-related industries. Animal welfare is a shared responsibility and we can improve the welfare of animals in Victoria by using a collaborative
The consultation period for the Draft
Action Plan closed on 11 October 2016. The government thanks Victorians for
their feedback and submissions.
consultation website to follow the progress of Victoria's animal
welfare reform project, register
your interest and take
the opinion poll.
Divisional owners and entities
Victoria Services is the
commercial interface between the department and private industry. It protects,
manages and commercialises new technologies generated by the agriculture
research and development divisions of the department.