Tourism, sports and major events

Introduction

The department provides a series of programs and grants to support Victoria's sporting sector and visitor economy.

Sport and Recreation Victoria is dedicated to supporting Victoria's sport and recreation sector, while inspiring Victorians to get active. Sport and Recreation Victoria works collaboratively with the not-for-profit, private and government sectors to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians, build stronger and more connected communities, deliver economic growth and jobs and enhance liveability for all Victorians.

The Office of Women in Sport and Recreation works alongside Sport and Recreation Victoria to increase the number of women and girls participating in sport and active recreation, from grassroots through to senior leadership roles. The Office of Women in Sport and Recreation is leading the Change Our Game initiative, which encourages the sport and recreation sector to challenge gender stereotypes and help women and girls become leaders.

Racing is an important part of Victoria's sporting sector and is a significant contributor to the state's economy, with racedays driving tourism, economic development and boosting local businesses in metropolitan and regional Victoria throughout the year.

The Office of Racing within the Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions is responsible for providing policy and legislative support to the Minister for Racing; delivering the Government's racing agenda; minor licencing such as Calcutta Sweepstakes and mixed sports gatherings; licensing of race clubs and racecourses; and delivering the Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) grants program.

The Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy (TEVE) branch is responsible for strengthening the profile of tourism and events across government and influencing strategic reforms and economic outcomes for the sector.

TEVE undertakes research and provides policy, strategy and industry development advice to the government and industry on the visitor economy. The branch also provides governance support and advice on a number of entities that market the state, secure events, and manage large scale tourist attractions, precincts, facilities and entertainment venues in Victoria.

Visit Victoria is Victoria's tourism marketing and events company, responsible for marketing the state and securing new business, cultural and sporting events for our world-class events calendar.

Websites

Strategies and initiatives

Active Victoria – A strategic framework for sport and recreation in Victoria 2017-21 

Active Victoria is our plan to strengthen the sport and recreation sector, boost participation and ensure every Victorian has the chance to be involved.

Download the Active Victoria plan.

Change Our Game 

The Victorian Government is committed to increasing the number of women and girls participating in sport and active recreation, from grassroots through to leadership roles.

The Change Our Game initiative aims to increase leadership and participation by women and girls by delivering on the nine recommendations outlined in the Inquiry into Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation outlined nine recommendations

Fair Play Code 

The Fair Play Code sends a loud and clear message – that bad behaviour, violence, cheating and intimidation has no place in sport and recreation in our state.

Through the Fair Play Code we are making sure that individuals, clubs, leagues and associations know what to do if they encounter bad behaviour both on and off the sporting field.

Download the Fair Play Code plan.

Home Ground Advantage 

The Victorian Government's game plan to assess and determine the future needs of Victoria's sporting stadiums and precincts is outlined in the Home Ground Advantage – Victoria's major stadia strategy.

Download the Home Ground Advantage plan.

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 the Victorian Visitor Economy 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 plan Victorian Visitor Economy Action Plan (PDF 1895.64 KB)PDF icon

Download the Victorian Visitor Economy Action plan Victorian 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 Victorian Visitor Economy Action Plan (PDF 1895.64 KB)PDF icon

Download the Victorian Visitor Economy Progress Report July 2018 plan Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy Action Plan 2016-2020 (DOCX 90.63 KB)DOCX icon.

Projects

Federation Square Review

The review into Federation Square was announced in April 2019 with the aim to not only improve the visitor experience of everyone enjoying Federation Square, but to also ensure Federation Square continues to grow as an innovative and exciting place for the community.

Industry crisis resources

The 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.

Integrity in racing

Integrity is at the core of racing and the Victorian Government is supporting the industry to strengthen its integrity standards.

The Victorian Government has introduced new laws to bolster integrity standards by providing independent oversight and a robust disciplinary framework for the industry, which includes the recent establishment of two new bodies - the Victorian Racing Tribunal and the Victorian Racing Integrity Board

The Racing Integrity Commissioner also oversees integrity related issues regarding the Victorian racing industry, across the harness, greyhound and thoroughbred racing codes.

Regional Tourism Review

A review has been launched into the state's Regional Tourism Boards with the aim of finding opportunities to better support tourism in the regions, enhance private investment and create more regional jobs.

Response to the Victorian Ombudsman's report into Puffing Billy and other railway bodies

On 25 June 2018, the Victorian Ombudsman tabled a report on her Investigation into child sex offender Robert Whitehead's involvement with Puffing Billy and other railway bodies.

The report can be accessed from the Victorian Ombudsman website.

For more information about the Victorian Government's response to the Ombudsman's report, including the support services available to assist survivors and others affected by the report, please visit our Response to the Victorian Ombudsman's report into Puffing Billy page.

Research and analysis

The Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy branch collates and analyses a range of research and statistics relating to tourism in Victoria. Publications include domestic and international visitation and expenditure, the economic contribution of tourism, tourism forecasts and segment and market profiles.

Sporting infrastructure

The department has a number of key infrastructure projects for developing stadiums, grounds and community sports infrastructure throughout Victoria to provide the best facilities for each sport.

This includes community infrastructure projects to support sporting clubs at a grassroots level, as well as major infrastructure projects such as upgrades to Melbourne Park, Marvel Stadium and the State Netball Hockey Centre.

Sporting participation 

Sport and Recreation Victoria has a range of resources with information about campaigns and opportunities to get involved in sport and recreation.

This includes the Together More Active program which supports initiatives that improve the operation and sustainability of organisations to create more participation opportunities for Victorians and increase the capacity of the sport and recreation sector.

Premier's Active April is an annual campaign that encourages all Victorians to do 30 minutes of physical activity a day during April. Premier's Active April is free, fun and part of the Victorian Government's commitment to get more people active and healthy.

Ticket scalping legislation

The Major Events Act 2009 protects fans from ticket scalpers by ensuring that tickets to major events are available for everyone. When the government declares an event as a major event, it becomes illegal to sell or advertise for resale tickets for more than 10 per cent above face value. 

For more information, please visit www.djpr.com.au/fair-go-for-fans

Tourism excellence

The tourism excellence guides have 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.

Grants, awards and scholarships

Events funding

The Victorian Government provides funding for a range of business events, major events and regional events, through its tourism marketing and events company, Visit Victoria.

The Significant Sporting Events Program through Sport and Recreation Victoria also provides funding to help sporting, community and event organisations to deliver significant sporting events in Victoria.

Regional Development Victoria (RDV) grant programs

Infrastructure projects under the visitor economy stream of the regional infrastructure fund must attract increased visitors to the region and deliver an improved experience for those who visit and reside in regional Victoria.

Sports grants

Sport and Recreation Victoria provides a wide range of grants and funding programs to increase participation and maximise the economic and social benefits provided by sport and recreation to all Victorians.

Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Program

The Australian Government, through the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) Program, has allocated funding for the development of tourism infrastructure. The department administers Victoria's allocation. Applications for this year are now closed.

Victorian Racing Industry Fund 

The Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) provides grants to the Victorian racing industry for improvements at racing and training venues and for selected programs designed to further stimulate industry growth and development.

Divisional owners and entities

Sport, Recreation and Racing

The Sport, Recreation and Racing branch oversees the work of Sport and Recreation Victoria and the Office of Racing. The branch provides policy, strategy, grants administration, investment development and industry support.

The Office of Women in Sport and Recreation

The Office of Women in Sport and Recreation works alongside the Sport, Recreation and Racing branch. The Office provides policy, strategy and industry support to increase the number of women and girls participating in sport and active recreation, from grassroots through to senior leadership roles.

Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy Branch

The Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy Branch undertakes research and provides policy, strategy and industry development advice to the government and industry on the visitor economy. The branch also provides governance support and advice on a number of entities that market the state, secure events, and manage large scale tourist attractions, precincts, facilities and entertainment venues in Victoria.

Victorian Racing Integrity Commissioner

The Racing Integrity Commissioner is an independent statutory officer, appointed by the Governor in Council, under the Racing Act 1958 (Vic).

Mr Sal Perna was appointed as Victoria's inaugural Racing Integrity Commissioner on 1 March 2010. His appointment has been extended on four occasions with his current appointment expiring in 2021.

The Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner gathers information on integrity related issues regarding the Victorian Racing Industry, across the harness, greyhound and thoroughbred racing codes.

Entities

Entities include:

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