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.
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 $60.4 million State Government investment. The State Library redevelopment will open up 40 percent more of the iconic building to families, students, researchers and visitors and introduce new facilities and initiatives such as Start Space for early-stage entrepreneurs.
Geelong Performing Arts Centre redevelopment
The 38.5 million Geelong Performing Arts Centre redevelopment will transform the Ryrie Street side of the complex with a striking new building that will vastly improve access, amenity and the visitor experience. The project will contribute to Geelong's central business district and will provide new facilities for local creative industries.
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.
Collections Storage Victoria – Ballarat
The government has allocated $21.4 million for construction of an additional collections storage module in Ballarat for State Library Victoria. In addition to doubling storage capacity, this will include a digitisation facility to ensure that the invaluable state collection is not only safeguarded but made accessible for all Victorians, now and in the future.
Events and tourism
Major Events Act
The Major Events Act 2009 replaces
the Major Sporting Events Act 2009 to greater protect the community from ticket
The changes to the Act will ensure
that consumers are given a fair go when purchasing tickets, giving all
Victorians the chance to attend events without being priced out or made to pay
exorbitant costs to attend major events.
The Minister for Tourism and Major
Events will be able to declare an event as a major event, where it
will become an offence to resell (or to advertise for resale) any ticket to the
event for more than 10 percent above the face value of the ticket.
Cultural events including theatre
events, concerts, gallery exhibitions and festivals will now have the potential
to be declared major events under the new legislation.
New authorised ticketing officers will
be able to fine scalpers who target declared major events, and assist Victoria
Police in the enforcement of the Act.
For more information on the Act,
please visit our Ticket scalping legislation page.
Read the Major Events Amendment Fact Sheet Major Events Amendment.docx (DOCX 89.61 KB).
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
Globally connecting business
Trade Victoria 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.
Be '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.
Be 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 missions).
These trade missions showcase Victoria's capabilities in key industries and support exporters through business meetings, networking events , site visits and trade exhibitions.
Work 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 for businesses.
Investor migration and global talent attraction
The Victorian 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.
Apple Global Flagship Store
The development of Apple's first Global Flagship Store in the Southern Hemisphere is set to reenergise Federation Square, delivering more public space, more cultural events and attracting two million more visitors a year.
Transport and infrastructure
West Gate Tunnel project
The $5.5 billion West Gate Tunnel 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.
Port of 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.
Murray Basin Rail Project
The $440 million Murray Basin Rail Project will upgrade Victoria's freight network by standardising and increasing the axle loading of the rail freight lines servicing the north west.
High Capacity Metro Trains Project
The $2.3 billion High Capacity Metro Trains Project is putting 65 bigger, better trains into service on Melbourne's busiest rail line. Suppliers across Victoria are among those beginning major manufacturing from 2018, with the first train ready for passengers on the Cranbourne and Pakenham lines from mid-2019 and the 65th train delivered in 2023. The project is resulting in 1,100 local jobs.