Strategies and initiatives

Agriculture

Victoria’s Animal Welfare Action Plan

The government is developing the first ever Action Plan for Victoria’s animals.

Visit Victoria’s 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.

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

The Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee (VVBC) has been established to provide leadership in the planning and management of state vine health issues.

Cultural and creative economy

Creative State - Victoria's first creative industries strategy

With more than $115 million in new funding, Creative State is designed to grow Victoria's $23 billion creative and cultural economy, turbocharge local creative enterprises, create new jobs and employment opportunities, and bring social and cultural benefits to Victorians.

Employment programs

Jobs Victoria

Jobs Victoria supports Victorians facing barriers to employment into the workforce by consolidating all Victorian Government employment services into one system, making it easier for jobseekers to access the help they need to get work.

Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN)

The Jobs Victoria Employment Network is the centrepiece of a new approach to employment assistance in Victoria. Through a network of specialist employment services, Jobs Victoria delivers employment assistance to people and places that need it most.

Other initiatives to support Victorians into work are:

JobsBank

JobsBank provides intensive support to long-term jobseekers with complex needs, and to the businesses who pledge jobs for them. Jobseekers participating in this initiative are drawn from groups in our community most a risk of being left behind. JobsBank sees government and business working together to support these Victorians into employment.

Youth Employment Scheme (YES)

YES creates structured training and employment opportunities for young people aged 15 to 24 years by supporting traineeships in the Victorian public sector. The program helps build skills and opportunities for local labour markets and provides career pathways for those who are disadvantaged in the labour market.

Youth Cadetship Scheme

The Youth Cadetship Scheme builds on the Youth Employment Scheme. It gives young Victorians a job in the public sector, accredited training and experience that will put them on the path to a meaningful career. 

Major Projects Skills Guarantee (MPSG)

The Major Projects Skills Guarantee requires all Victorian Government projects valued over $20 million to use Victorian apprentices, trainees or engineering cadets for at least 10 per cent of the required labour. This guarantee gives young people, and workers looking to re-skill, experience and opportunities on Victoria's biggest infrastructure projects.

Social Enterprise Strategy

The Victorian Government has launched Australia's first Social Enterprise Strategy to improve sector support and ensure more social, economic and employment opportunities for disadvantaged Victorians.

Business in Transition Support (BiTS)

BiTS helps to reduce the impact of retrenchments, particularly in the manufacturing industry and regional communities. BiTS ensures business owners understand their obligations and responsibilities, helps workers to plan for their future after retrenchment and links to other agencies that offer services to the business and its employees.

Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan

The Victorian Government has announced its $46.5 million Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan, to assist workers affected by the closure of the major car manufacturing in Victoria to find new jobs.

Events and tourism

Victorian Visitor Economy strategy

The Victorian Government's objectives for supporting the growth and sustainability of the tourism, events and visitor economy sector are outlined in the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy (PDF 1427.08 KB)PDF icon.

Download an accessible version of the strategy Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy (DOCX 1928.22 KB)DOCX icon.

Victorian Visitor Economy Action plan

The action plan to implement the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy over the short to medium term is outlined in the Victorian Visitor Economy Action planVictorian Visitor Economy Action Plan (PDF 1895.64 KB)PDF icon

Download an accessible version of the planVictorian Visitor Economy Strategy Action Plan 2016-2020 (DOCX 90.63 KB)DOCX icon.

Victorian Visitor Economy Progress Report July 2018

A summary of how the Victorian Government is tracking in delivering on the Strategy's objectives is outlined in the Victorian Visitor Economy Progress Report July 2018 Visitor Economy Ministerial Advisory Committee summary report (PDF 4114.31 KB)PDF icon.

Download an accessible version of the plan Visitor Economy Ministerial Advisory Committee summary report (DOCX 40.21 KB)DOCX icon.

Industrial relations

New developments

Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce

The Victorian Government has announced an inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce. It will investigate the extent of the on-demand sector and the status of people working with on-line companies or platforms in Victoria.

The inquiry will be seeking public submissions from workers and business input and is expected to deliver a final report to the Government next year.

Further information about the inquiry will be available soon.

Wage Inspectorate Victoria

Wage Inspectorate Victoria includes the functions of the Employment Information and Compliance Unit which carries out a range of education, compliance and enforcement functions relating to Victorian industrial laws including long service leave and child employment laws. It investigates alleged breaches of these laws with a view to achieving voluntary compliance.

New laws in Victoria

Victorian Long Service Leave Act 2018

The Long Service Leave Act is not yet in force but is expected to commence by or shortly before November 2018. An information campaign will commence soon to help you understand key changes, including improvements to the treatment of family leave for long service leave purposes. Current information about long service leave laws can be found on the Business Victoria website.

Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018

The Labour Hire Licencing Act was passed by Parliament on 20 June 2018. The Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Scheme is a business licensing system to regulate the provision of labour hire services and, in turn, protect vulnerable labour hire workers from exploitation.

Please note that requirements such as the obligation to be licensed or to use licensed providers are not yet in force and will begin in early 2019. The commencement date for these obligations will be announced well in advance, including information about the six-month transition period for applying for a licence.

Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Regulations 2018

The operation of the Victorian Labour Hire Licensing Scheme will be supported by the introduction of Regulations. Exposure draft Regulations accompanied by a Regulatory Impact Statement covering options, costs and benefits were released for public consultation on 7 August 2018, with the consultation period ending on 5 September 2018. The public and interested stakeholders are invited to provide detailed feedback on any and all aspects of the exposure draft Regulations.

Victorian Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018

The Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 was passed by the Victorian Parliament on 5 September 2018 and will come into operation by 1 July 2019. The Act establishes a new portable long service leave and benefits scheme for workers in the contract cleaning, security, and community services sectors. Further information about the Scheme will be available soon.

Victorian Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Amendment Bill 2018

Changes to the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005 were introduced to Parliament on 24 July 2018. The amending Bill is still to be considered by Parliament so is not yet in force.

Industry and Ministerial Councils

Equal Workplaces Advisory Council

The Equal Workplaces Advisory Council currently reports to and advises the Minister of Industrial Relations, Natalie Hutchins about initiatives that will tackle the gap in women's pay and workforce participation, including gendered occupational segregation. 

Transport and Forestry Industry Councils

The Victorian Forestry Industry Council and Victorian transport industry Council are established under the Owner Drivers and Forestry Contractors Act 2005. The Act aims to improve the position of small businesses in the road transport and forestry industries by providing information and support to run successful businesses.

Building Industry Consultative Council

The Building Industry Consultative Council (BICC) was established in 2001 as a high-level advisory committee to the Minister for Industrial Relations made up of employers, industry associations, unions and government.

Call Centre Code

The Victorian Government Call Centre Code has been developed to assist people to understand the Victoria Government's requirements and expectations in relation to the call centre industry. The Call Centre Code outlines legal obligations and also provides guidance on industry best practice to promote and maintain a sustainable call centre industry. 

Public sector

Enterprise bargaining 

The Central Bargaining Unit (CBU) assists departments, agencies and unions with industrial relations matters and enterprise bargaining to ensure the consistency of advice to employers and stakeholders and compliance with the government's public sector industrial relations policies.

The CBU is not directly involved in all public sector negotiations, it is a resource that parties can draw on to assist in the bargaining process. Its role is to:

  • oversee bargaining across the public sector
  • become involved in bargaining negotiations to assist parties to find workable solutions and avoid disputes
  • assist in the resolution of disputes between parties.

Agencies should communicate with their portfolio department and CBU when:

  • developing submissions for management logs and proposed agreements during negotiations
  • developing proposals for service delivery improvements during negotiations.

Current enterprise bargaining agreements

Guide to Wages Policy and Service Delivery Partnership Plans 2015

The Guide to Wages Policy and Service Delivery Partnership Plans 2015Guide to Wages Policy and Service Delivery Partnership Plans 2015 (DOCX 572.28 KB)DOCX icon provides departments and public sector agencies with an overview of the enterprise bargaining framework, the government's wages policy and Service Delivery Plans. 

Public Sector Industrial Relations Policies 2015

The Public Sector Industrial Relations Policies 2015 Public sector industrial relations policies 2015 (PDF 272.7 KB)PDF icon outlines the Victorian Government's policy on a number of important public sector industrial relations matters.

Download an accessible version of the Public Sector Industrial Relations Policies 2015 Public sector industrial relations policies 2015 (DOCX 103.93 KB)DOCX icon.Enterprise bargaining

Mining and resources

Balancing the needs of the environment, community and industry

Earth Resources Regulation is implementing strategies to safeguard the health and wellbeing of local communities. The regulator ensures that earth resource developments do not pose environmental and public safety risks and are accountable to local communities. This is achieved in partnership with the earth resources industry and other stakeholders.

Earth Resources Regulation stakeholder engagement strategy

This strategy sets the overall direction of our stakeholder engagement approach to build and secure stakeholder confidence and trust in our work.

Regional development

Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund 

The Regional Jobs And Infrastructure Fund supports regional development by investing in growing jobs, building infrastructure and strengthening communities in regional Victoria.

Regional Partnerships

There are nine Regional Partnerships across the state that have been established to give regional communities greater say about what matters to them and ensure their voices reach the heart of government. Partnerships help to increase collaboration between communities, industry, businesses and government to address the most important challenges and opportunities in each region.

Each Regional Partnership is guided by a diverse group of members drawn from local communities, businesses and the three-tiers of government. They engage with their communities on priorities for their region, which are then presented through to government. 

Regional Partnerships are the centrepiece of Victoria's Regional Statement.

Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan

The Victorian Government has provided more than $100 million of targeted assistance as part of Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan, to assist businesses and workers affected by the closure of major car manufacturing in Victoria.

Small business

Small Business Victoria offers a range of support services for Victorian businesses to grow and expand, including access to:

  • Small business bus

    The Small business bus visits a variety of locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria, acting as a 'travelling office on wheels'. Bookings for a free 45 minute face-to-face consultation with an expert business mentor aboard the bus can be made through our website, as well as further details on the range of programs services.

  • Small business mentoring program

    Mentoring services are provided by highly experienced business people with skills and qualifications in a wide range of industries and disciplines.

    Small business workshops and events

    Small Business Victoria workshops and events are available to Victoria's small businesses. Held at both metro and regional Victoria locations, Small Business Victoria workshops are run by experts in their field. The workshops cover a range of business topics from starting your business, understanding business planning essentials to improving time management and developing digital strategies for your business.

  • Small business festival

    The Small business festival takes place annually each August, and comprises more than 500 events including workshops and seminars across metropolitan and regional Victoria provided through collaboration with industry groups, private organisations and agencies across three levels of government.

Ministerial Councils

Multicultural Business Ministerial Council

The Multicultural Business Ministerial Council's role is to actively promote Victoria as a culturally diverse business centre, providing a forum for strategic business networking and promoting Victoria's trade agenda in emerging markets to better support people from non-English speaking backgrounds in their small business ventures.

Small Business Ministerial Council

The Small Business Ministerial Council's role is to encourage small businesses to innovate and grow in a dynamic environment, understand the pressures of regulatory red tape and aim to reduce it where possible, and voice common small business issues in the community.

Trade and investment

Advancing Victorian Manufacturing

Advancing Victoria's Manufacturing. A Blueprint for the Future provides the vision for the Victorian manufacturing industry, focusing on areas that will prepare Victorians for the jobs of the future, encourage innovation, build scale, capability and supply chain excellence, and foster a globally competitive business environment.

Investment attraction and assistance

As part of the Job Statement, the Victorian Government has committed to establishing a new dedicated investment attraction fund of $116 million that can be deployed at speed to attract investors and seize upon opportunities immediately. These investments will create thousands of jobs for Victorians.

Future Industry Fund

The Victorian Government has established the $200 million Future Industries Fund to support six high-growth sectors that have potential for extraordinary growth – to create jobs and attract investment in Victoria. Consultation with the business community, unions, experts and other levels of government is currently being undertaken to identify the initiatives that best support the future growth of each sector.

Additional trade and investment initiatives are discussed in the department's strategic plan.

Local Jobs First - Victorian Industry Participation Policy

The Victorian Government is the largest procurer of goods, services and construction works in the state, and uses its purchasing power to help develop local industries, create jobs and boost economic activity across Victoria.

The Local Jobs First - Victorian Industry Participation Policy (VIPP) is an industry development procurement policy. It is designed to ensure that local businesses are given full and fair opportunity to compete for large and small Victorian government contracts — ensuring that local projects create opportunities for Victorian businesses and workers.

The policy must be applied by all Victorian government departments and agencies for any type of project with a value of:

  • $1 million or more in regional Victoria, or
  • $3 million or more in metropolitan Melbourne or for state-wide activities.

Find out more about Local Jobs First – VIPP

Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan

The Victorian Government has announced its $46.5 million Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan, to support economic development in the areas most affected by the closure of the major car manufacturing in Victoria.

Transport and infrastructure

Freight Victoria

Freight Victoria has been established to coordinate the development of an efficient freight and logistics system for Victoria. Freight Victoria will lead the coordination and delivery of and report on the priorities and actions under the Victorian Freight Plan: Delivering the Goods.

Regional Rail Revival

The $1.75 billion Regional Rail Revival program is a joint initiative of the Australian and Victorian governments and will upgrade stations, signalling and track across Victoria.

Regional Rail Revival will deliver major upgrades to every regional passenger line in Victoria and create more than 1000 jobs.

Regional Network Development Plan

The Victorian Government has launched the Regional Network Development Plan – the first-ever long term initiative to improve public transport in regional Victoria.

Fairer fare enforcement

From 1 January 2017, a new approach to fare compliance will be introduced to Victoria.

Cycling strategies

The Victorian Government is committed to delivering cycling projects and programs that focus on safety and increasing cycling participation across Victoria.

Construction Industry Leadership Forum

The Construction Industry Leadership Forum (CILF) is a joint forum of leaders from industry and the Victorian and New South Wales public sectors that convenes at least every six months to drive improved collaboration and action around procurement and delivery of major government infrastructure projects, including addressing capability and capacity constraints.

More information on the CILF's purpose and objectives can be found in the public communique Construction Industry Leadership Forum (PDF 176.74 KB)PDF icon Construction Industry Leadership Forum (DOCX 487.28 KB)DOCX icon released in August 2017.