Supporting the dairy industry
The government is working closely with the dairy industry to support farms impacted by the issues facing the industry.
The government is investing $8.5 million to upgrade its VicTrack rail sidings, as part of GrainCorp's historic $85 million Project Regeneration
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.
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.
Ballarat Station precinct redevelopment
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.
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 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
Better Approvals Project makes it quicker
and easier to open a small business in Victoria by improving local government
regulatory approval processes.
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
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Globally connecting business
Global Victoria provides Victorian exporters with specific services to help them increase exports. These services are aimed at helping business:
- Be 'export-ready'
- Be connected and competitive in overseas markets
- 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.