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 Performing 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.

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.

Events and tourism

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.

The report sheds light on historical child sexual abuse connected with a range of Victorian railway bodies.

The Ombudsman made a number of recommendations in her report. These recommendations include issuing a public apology to victims and reviewing the governance structure of the Emerald Tourist Railway Board, which operates the Puffing Billy Railway.

All recommendations made by the Ombudsman have been accepted in full. The department is now working to implement measures that deliver on those recommendations.

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 analyses and collates a range of research and statistics relating to tourism in Victoria. Publications include a range of information, including domestic and international visitation and expenditure, the economic contribution of tourism, tourism forecasts and segment and market profiles.

Tourism excellence

The tourism excellence program has 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.

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.

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.

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.

 Better Approvals Project

The Better Approvals Project makes it quicker and easier to open a small business in Victoria by improving local government regulatory approval processes.

The project is available to all Victorian councils and involves SBV, expert consultants and council staff codesigning and implementing solutions over a six-week period. The result is a suite changes that puts businesses first and delivers value for the community. The reforms have had an immediate impact with businesses reporting they have opened faster, saved money and time and are experiencing less stress.

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Trade and investment

Globally connecting business

Global Victoria provides Victorian exporters with specific services to help them increase exports. These services are aimed at helping business:

  1. Be 'export-ready'
  2. Be connected and competitive in overseas markets
  3. Work directly with potential buyers, clients and business partners in market.

Be 'export-ready' – Export skills program 

The Export skills program provides new exporters with essential education and training to be export-ready. The Victorian Government offers this program through partnerships with various industry associations.

Be connected and competitive in overseas markets - Trade missions 

Victorian businesses are supported through targeted sector-based trade missions that connect exporters with overseas buyers, clients and business partners  – both in key overseas markets (outbound trade missions) and in Victoria (inbound trade missions).

These trade missions showcase Victoria's capabilities in key industries and support exporters through business meetings, networking events , site visits and trade exhibitions.

Work directly with buyers in market - Access program

Victorian exporters can also access international office facilities and business resources as well as in-country expertise and assistance through the 18 Victorian Government Business Offices worldwide.

The international offices are located in the US, Japan, South Korea, Middle East, China, Hong Kong, India and South East Asia and include staff that specialise in trade and market insights for businesses.

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.

Apple Global Flagship Store

The development of Apple's first Global Flagship Store in the Southern Hemisphere is set to reenergise Federation Square, delivering more public space, more cultural events and attracting two million more visitors a year.