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.
Strategies and initiatives
Active Victoria – A strategic framework for sport and
recreation in Victoria 2017-21
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.
Victorian Government is committed to increasing the number of women and girls
participating in sport and active recreation, from grassroots through to
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 sends a loud and clear message – that bad behaviour, violence,
cheating and intimidation has no place in sport and recreation in our state.
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.
the Fair Play Code plan.
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.
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)
Download the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy (DOCX 1928.22 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 plan Victorian Visitor Economy Action Plan (PDF 1895.64 KB)
Download the Victorian Visitor Economy Action plan Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy Action Plan 2016-2020 (DOCX 90.63 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 Victorian Visitor Economy Action Plan (PDF 1895.64 KB)
Download the Victorian Visitor Economy Progress Report July 2018 plan Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy Action Plan 2016-2020 (DOCX 90.63 KB).
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 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.
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
Response to the Victorian Ombudsman's report into Puffing Billy and other
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
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.
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
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
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
For more information, please visit www.djpr.com.au/fair-go-for-fans
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.
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.
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
Racing Industry Fund
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
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
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.
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.