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 Priority Infrastructure branch (formally Tourism, Events and Visitor Economy) is responsible for strengthening the profile of tourism and events across government and influencing strategic reforms and economic outcomes for the sector.
Tourism, Events and Priority Infrastructure 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.
Strategies and initiatives
Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan
The Victorian Government has released a four-year Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan that will help revitalise and grow Victorian tourism after the impacts of bushfires and the global pandemic.
Informed by the findings of the Regional Tourism Review Regional Tourism Review Consultation Findings (PDF 430.06 KB), the plan is underpinned by an investment of $633 million and serves as a whole-of-state strategy, with a goal of achieving $35 billion in annual visitor expenditure supporting 300,000 jobs by June 2024.
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.
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.
Research and analysis
The Tourism, Events and Priority Infrastructure 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.
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.
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.
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 the Ticket Scalping website.
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
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.
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.
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 Strategy and Reform
The Tourism, Events and Priority Infrastructure 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.