Supporting the dairy industry

The government is working closely with the dairy industry to support farms impacted by the issues facing the industry.

Project Regeneration

The government is investing $8.5 million to upgrade its VicTrack rail sidings, as part of GrainCorp's historic $85 million Project Regeneration

Cultural and creative economy

State Library Victoria redevelopment

The State Library Victoria will be transformed with a $60.4 million State Government investment. The State Library redevelopment will open up 40 percent more of the iconic building to families, students, researchers and visitors and introduce new facilities and initiatives such as Start Space for early-stage entrepreneurs.

Geelong Performing Arts Centre redevelopment

The $38.5 million Geelong Arts Centre redevelopment will transform the Ryrie Street side of the complex with a striking new building that will vastly improve access, amenity and the visitor experience. The project will contribute to Geelong's central business district and will provide new facilities for local creative industries. Visit Geelong Arts Centre.

Collingwood Arts Precinct

The former Collingwood Technical School site in inner city Melbourne is slated to become a contemporary creative precinct; a home for small and medium creative organisations as well as artists and complementary businesses.

Collections Storage Victoria – Ballarat

The government has allocated $21.4 million for construction of an additional collections storage module in Ballarat for State Library Victoria. In addition to doubling storage capacity, this will include a digitisation facility to ensure that the invaluable state collection is not only safeguarded but made accessible for all Victorians, now and in the future.

Local government

Rating Review

An independent panel was appointed in 2019 to review all aspects of Victoria’s local government rating system. Their final report was submitted to the Minister for Local Government on 31 March 2020. For more on the review visit Engage Victoria.

Local Government Act 2020  Implementation

The new Local Government Act 2020 is the most ambitious reform to the local government sector in over 30 years. The Act will improve local government democracy, accountability and service delivery for all Victorians.

Find out more about implementation of the Act on Engage Victoria.

Councils and Emergencies

Local Government Victoria is working with councils and the emergency management sector to enhance the emergency management capability and capacity of local government.

Find out more about the Councils and Emergencies project.

Tourism, sports and major events

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

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.

Precincts, suburbs and regions

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.

Mining and resources

The Stavely Ground Release

An area, known in geographical terms as the Stavely Arc, in Western Victoria has been released for minerals exploration.

The CarbonNet Project

The CarbonNet Project is investigating the potential for establishing a world class, large-scale carbon capture and storage network.

Victorian Gas Program

The Victorian Gas Program will help determine whether the State's underground gas storage capacity can be expanded.

Small business

Small business regulation review

Small Business Victoria is reviewing the regulatory burdens placed on small businesses across the state. Cutting red tape for small businesses supports entrepreneurs and helps business grow, contribute to Victoria's economy and generate new employment opportunities.

Small businesses and industry associations are being consulted throughout the review and given the opportunity to provide feedback on key regulatory issues.

Visit the Small Business Retail Regulation Review website.

Trade and investment

Helping Victorian businesses take on the world

Global Victoria opens the world to Victorian businesses by building their skills and knowledge for international growth and promoting them to audiences in key global markets.

Trade missions

Trade missions provide Victorian exporters with opportunities to build international connections and develop a better understanding of global markets. Trade missions are typically sectoral focused and Global Victoria develops tailored programs for participating businesses, supported in-market through an international network of more than 20 Victorian Government Trade and Investment (VGTI) offices.

Investor migration and global talent attraction

The Victorian skilled and business migration program brings investment and jobs to Victoria through the attraction of investor and business migrants. The program also attracts high calibre global talent to meet Victoria's ongoing workforce needs in high priority occupations that cannot be accessed locally.