Agriculture and fisheries
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
Cultural and creative economy
State Library Victoria redevelopment
The State Library Victoria will be transformed with a $55.4 million State Government investment. The State Library redevelopment will open up 40 percent more of the iconic building to families, students, researchers and visitors of all ages.
Geelong performing arts centre redevelopment
The Geelong Performing Arts Centre redevelopment will include the addition of a strong facade to help revitalise Ryrie St and the Geelong central business district, and conversion of the adjacent former church into a 150-seat cabaret and music space.
Collingwood arts precinct
The former Collingwood Technical School site in inner city Melbourne is slated to become a contemporary creative precinct; a home for small and medium creative organisations as well as artists and complementary businesses.
Shepparton art museum
A new architecturally-inspiring museum at Shepparton's Victoria Park Lake will radically increase access to historic and contemporary art collections for visitors, as well as provide opportunities for increased participation for the local community.
Collections Storage Victoria – Ballarat
The government has allocated $23 million for construction of an additional collections storage module in Ballarat to augment State Library Victoria's regional storage facility, and planning for the next stage of storage development.
Events and tourism
Research and analysis
Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy Branch analyses and collates a range of research and statistics relating to tourism in
include a range of information, including domestic and international visitation
and expenditure, the economic contribution of tourism, tourism forecasts and
segment and market profiles.
The tourism excellence program has been designed to help tourism businesses and destinations get the best
from their workforce, deliver the best possible visitor experience, grow
tourism by working together, and ensure a sustainable industry.
department has developed resources for the tourism industry that provide advice
on how to prepare for, respond to, and
recover from a crisis event
and help counter negative publicity in the event of a crisis.
Inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work
The final report of the independent inquiry into the labour hire industry and insecure work was tabled in Parliament on 27 October 2016.
Mining and resources
The Stavely Project
The Stavely Project, a collaboration between Geoscience
Australia and the Geological Survey of Victoria, is a contribution to the
Initiative which is being
led by the Australian Academy of Science. The initiative seeks to address the
challenges of 'greenfield' exploration in Australia through the provision of
fundamental geoscience data and concepts.
The CarbonNet Project
The CarbonNet Project is investigating the potential for
establishing a world class, large-scale carbon capture and storage network.
Ballarat Station precinct redevelopment
The Ballarat Station precinct redevelopment involves the development and operation
of an integrated hotel and exhibition/convention centre, including adapting the
Heritage Goods Shed and related public space, in partnership with the private
Small business regulation review
Small Business Victoria is reviewing the regulatory burdens placed on small businesses across the state. Cutting red tape for small businesses supports entrepreneurs and helps business grow, contribute to Victoria's economy and generate new employment opportunities.
Small businesses and industry associations are being consulted throughout the review and given the opportunity to provide feedback on key regulatory issues. Visit the Small Business Retail Regulation Review website.
Trade and investment
Major projects in Victoria
Major Projects Victoria manages a portfolio of approximately
$1 billion worth of projects in development or delivery, including:
Globally connecting business
provides Victorian exporters with specific services to help them increase
exports. These services are aimed at helping business:
- Be 'export-ready'
- Be connected and competitive in overseas markets
- Work directly with potential buyers, clients and business partners in market.
'export-ready' – Export skills program
The Export skills program
provides new exporters with essential education and training to be
export-ready. The Victorian Government offers this program through partnerships
with various industry associations.
connected and competitive in overseas markets - Trade missions
Victorian businesses are supported through targeted
sector-based trade missions that connect exporters with overseas buyers,
clients and business partners – both in
key overseas markets (outbound trade missions) and in Victoria (inbound trade
These trade missions showcase Victoria's capabilities in key
industries and support exporters through business meetings, networking events ,
site visits and trade exhibitions.
directly with buyers in market - Access program
Victorian exporters can also access
international office facilities and business resources as well as
in-country expertise and assistance through the 18 Victorian Government
Business Offices worldwide.
The international offices are
located in the US, Japan, South Korea, Middle East, China, Hong Kong, India and
South East Asia and include staff that specialise in trade and market insights
migration and global talent attraction
skilled and business migration program brings investment and jobs to
Victoria through the attraction of investor and business migrants. The program
also attracts high calibre global talent to meet Victoria's ongoing workforce
needs in high priority occupations that cannot be accessed locally.
Transport and infrastructure
The $5.5 billion Western Distributor project will provide an
alternative to the Westgate Bridge, a second river crossing, and direct access
to the port.
Monash Freeway upgrade
The Monash Freeway upgrade will improve safety and
reliability along the 44 kilometres between Chadstone and Pakenham, extending
what is already Australia's longest stretch of managed motorway.
CityLink Tulla widening
The CityLink Tulla Widening project involves adding new
lanes and other measures to improve traffic flow across 24 kilometres of
freeway between the CityLink tunnels and Melbourne Airport.
Metro Tunnel project
The Metro Tunnel project's twin nine-kilometre tunnels will take two of the busiest rail lines out of the City Loop, creating space for more trains to run more often across Melbourne's rail network and transforming it into an international style metro system.
Level Crossing Removal project
Over the next eight years, the State Government will deliver
a coordinated program to remove 50 of the worst level crossings in Melbourne.
Melbourne Port Capacity project
The Port Capacity Project will ensure the Port
of Melbourne continues to benefit from the economic advantage of being the main
container freight hub of Australia.