Agriculture and fisheries

Introduction

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.

Websites

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.

Projects

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.

Project Regeneration

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 initiatives.

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 agri-food businesses.

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 Victoria.

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.

Consultations

Fisheries consultations

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 approach.

The consultation period for the Draft Action Plan closed on 11 October 2016. The government thanks Victorians for their feedback and submissions.

Visit the 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

Agriculture Victoria Services

Agriculture 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.

Entities

Other entities include:

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