Strategies and initiatives
Victoria's Animal Welfare Action Plan
The government is has released an 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.
The Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee (VVBC) has been established to provide leadership in the planning and management of state vine health issues.
Victorian Resources Online
The Victorian Resources Online is your gateway to a wide range of information and associated maps related to Victoria's soil and landscapes. You can access this information at both statewide and regional levels across Victoria
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.
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.
Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund
The Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund provides small grants to support new and innovative approaches to employment services.
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.
Microenterprise Development Program
The Microenterprise Development Program provides support services to help people develop, finance and launch their own business.
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.
Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan
The Victorian Government is helping affected automotive supply chain businesses, workers and communities plan their next steps as Victoria's automotive industry changes, through the Towards Future Industries: Victoria's Automotive Transition Plan. This support includes more than $100 million of targeted assistance including programs and training for workers and businesses.
Work and Learning Centres
Jobs Victoria Work and Learning Centres deliver employment assistance in communities with high concentrations of public housing and includes support for public housing tenants and other Victorians facing barriers to find and sustain employment. The centres deliver support through partnerships with local community organisations in five high need locations - Carlton/Fitzroy, Ballarat, Shepparton, Moe and Geelong.
Workers in Transition
Workers in Transition offers a flexible, comprehensive, early-response service across Victoria to assist businesses and workers facing retrenchment, complementing more specific industry adjustment packages. Assistance includes the provision of coordinated and relevant information, referral to available services, and advice and support tailored to the needs of recipients. The program is both responsive to requests and proactive in offering support to employers that may be retrenching workers.
YMCA Bridge to Employment Services and Training Program
The YMCA Bridge training program delivers a combination of life skills and vocational training to ex-offenders and connects participants with Jobs Victoria Partners who coordinate support, training and employment opportunities with the aim of transitioning into sustainable employment.
Youth Cadetship Scheme
The Youth Cadetship Scheme gives young Victorians a job in the public sector, accredited training and experience that will put them on the path to a meaningful career. The program offers entry-level positions in the Victorian Public Service to eligible young people who have graduated from the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) or been referred from a Jobs Victoria Partner.
Youth Employment Scheme (YES)
YES offers young people aged 15 to 24 paid work experience in the Victorian Public Service. The program provides a 12-month traineeship for young people, particularly those who have faced barriers to employment, while studying for a Certificate III or IV qualification. YES Trainees have the opportunity to apply for the Youth Cadetship Scheme when nearing completion of their traineeship.
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).
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)
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).
Precincts, suburbs and regions
The Priority Precincts portfolio is leading the development of state-significant areas with the aim of creating more quality housing and employment, while building on Melbourne's legacy of distinctiveness, liveability and sustainability.
Priority Precincts will lead and coordinate precinct planning and delivery working in partnership with local government, the community and private sector.
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.
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.
The Metropolitan Partnerships are advisory groups established by the Victorian Government. The partnerships are a way for local communities to engage directly with state and local governments, and advise the Victorian Government of the top priorities for jobs, services and infrastructure across the region. There is a metropolitan partnership for each region of Melbourne, including Inner Metro, Inner South-east, Western, Northern, Eastern and Southern.
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.
Mining and resources
Extractive Resources Strategy
Victoria is growing fast and we need to build 2.2 million additional homes as well as new infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and transport networks.
The state's first Extractive Resources Strategy will help Victoria grow.
Minerals Resources Strategy
Victoria's wealth was built on gold mining and the industry remains important to our economy, particularly in regional areas. State of Discovery, the Mineral Resources Strategy 2018–2023, is focussed on helping grow investment and jobs in Victoria's minerals sector.
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 to taking your business online and developing digital strategies for your business.
Business Victoria Local Events
Business Victoria Local Events is replacing the government's long-running Small Business Festival that was normally held in August. As part of this new program, Business Victoria will partner with metropolitan and regional local governments in Victoria to develop and deliver engaging and helpful business learning, networking and upskilling events to Victoria's small businesses. It will also feature marquee events for targeted audiences such as inclusive events for Aboriginal, youth, senior, people facing disabilities, female business leaders, and multi-cultural communities.
Multicultural Business Ministerial Council
The Multicultural Business Ministerial Council's role is to bring their experience and skills as representatives of Victoria's multicultural small business community to a consultative forum that helps government understand the benefits and challenges across cultures in small business.
Small Business Ministerial Council
The Small Business Ministerial Council's role is to bring their experience as connected, innovative and productive small business operators to a consultative forum that helps government understand, first hand, the issues common to the sector.
Fair Payments Policy
The Victorian Government's Fair Payments Policy exists to support small and medium businesses by increasing the timeliness and certainty of cash flow. The policy applies to department and agency contracts entered for goods and services, including Works or Construction Services, where the total value does not exceed $3 million.
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.
Page last updated: 25 January 2017