Precincts, suburbs and regions


With Melbourne's urban landscape changing, state-shaping infrastructure projects underway and previously industrial parts of the city being renewed, the department plays a critical role accommodating Melbourne's future growth in population and employment. This involves partnering across government and with community, industry, and research organisations to unlock the potential of priority precincts and suburbs across the city. The department aims to develop distinctive and innovative geographic areas – be they precincts or suburbs – where Victorians can work, live and play.

We also work to ensure rural and regional communities and economies are vibrant, thriving and inclusive. Working with communities and businesses we develop policies and programs that target job creation, infrastructure, regional planning, resources development and investment attraction. We aim to build on rural and regional Victoria's existing strengths as its communities and economies continually change. The department works with partners and across government to improve the social and economic wellbeing of rural and regional Victorians for the benefit of the entire state.


Strategies and initiatives

Priority Precincts

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.

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.

Metropolitan Partnerships

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.


Ballarat Station precinct redevelopment

The Ballarat Station precinct redevelopment involves the development and operation of an integrated hotel and exhibition/convention centre, including adapting the Heritage Goods Shed and related public space, in partnership with the private sector.

Grants, awards and scholarships

Divisional owners and entities

Regional Development Victoria

Regional Development Victoria is the government's lead agency in developing rural and regional Victoria

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