Strategies and initiatives
Victoria's Animal Welfare Action Plan
Victoria's first-ever Animal Welfare Action Plan — Improving the Welfare of Animals in Victoria, was released in 2018. The action plan aims for Victoria to continue to improve animal welfare and to be well-respected globally for its animal welfare practices.
Wine industry development strategy
The purpose of the Wine industry development strategy will be to improve the long term performance and sustainability of the wine industry in Victoria.
Invasive plants and animals policy framework
The Invasive plants and animals policy framework presents the government's approach to the management of invasive species.
Victorian Resources Online
The Victorian Resources Online is your gateway to a wide range of information and associated maps related to Victoria's soil and landscapes. You can access this information at both statewide and regional levels across Victoria.
Victorian Forestry Plan
The Victorian Government has developed the Victorian Forestry Plan to assist the forestry industry as it manages its gradual transition away from commercial native forest harvesting.
Cultural and creative economy
Creative State 2025 is the Victorian Government's strategy to strengthen and grow the state's creative industries and the value they bring to Victorians.
VICSCREEN, the Victorian Government’s first screen strategy in more than 10 years, is a transformational, whole-of-government plan to invigorate Victoria’s screen industry, create jobs, foster new talent and generate significant economic returns.
Jobs Victoria services
Jobs Victoria Advocates
Jobs Victoria Advocates support Victorians looking for work in local communities – in libraries, community centres, sports clubs, public housing foyers and shopping centres, online and over the phone – to connect people with the information, support and training that’s right for them.
Jobs Victoria Mentors
Jobs Victoria Mentors help people tobecome work-ready, find a job that suits them, and support them in their role for the first six months. Jobs Victoria Partners specialise in working with local employers to identify their business needs, and Mentors connect employers to candidates with the right skills and potential to work in their business.
Jobs Victoria Fund
The Jobs Victoria Fund provides wage subsidies of up to $20,000 to help businesses employ new eligible staff, with a focus on people who have been most affected by the economic impacts of the pandemic.
Jobs Victoria Career Counsellors
Jobs Victoria Career Counsellors provide career guidance to people who are looking for work or seeking a career change. They help people understand their career options and give them the tools and confidence they need to pursue them.
Jobs Victoria online hub
The Jobs Victoria online hub is a free service that matches employers with skilled, local candidates. People looking for work can register and apply for roles posted by employers in their local area. Employers can search for skilled, ready candidates in their community.
Jobs Victoria hotline
People looking for work, employers and supporting organisations can call the Jobs Victoria hotline on 1300 208 575 for information, advice and connections to local Jobs Victoria services.
Social Enterprise Strategy
The Victorian Government’s Social Enterprise Strategy aims to improve and expand Victoria’s social enterprise sector. The strategy is the first of its kind in Australia and aims for employment participation for all jobseekers.
Work and Learning Centres
Jobs Victoria Work and Learning Centres help jobseekers, especially those living in public housing, to find local training, work experience and jobs. Jobs Victoria works in partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence and other local community agencies to run five Work and Learning Centres around Victoria: located in Fitzroy, North Geelong, Moe, Ballarat and Shepparton.
Youth Employment Programs
The Youth Employment Scheme provides young people with an opportunity to work in the Victorian Public Service for 12 months while completing accredited training.
Other employment programs
The Digital Jobs program aims to build the state’s digital workforce by training and upskilling mid-career Victorians so they can transition into digital careers.
Over the next three years, the program will support 5,000 mid-career Victorians to complete a six-month program that includes 12 weeks of industry-backed training followed by 12 weeks in a paid digital job with a Victorian business.
Know Your Council
The Know Your Council website provides access to the public to information on council performance. Know Your Council allows you to:
Local Government Act 2020
The Local Government Act 2020 is the most ambitious reform to the local government sector in over 30 years. The Act improves local government democracy, accountability and service delivery for all Victorians.
Find out more about implementation of the Act on Engage Victoria.
Gender equity in local government
Gender equality and diversity benefits all of us. It makes communities, councils and our State stronger. The 2020 local government elections saw more women than ever before elected to represent their communities with 43.8 per cent women councillors elected.
In its gender equality strategy, Safe and Strong, the Victorian Government has committed to achieving 50 per cent female councillors and mayors at the October 2024 local government elections.
Local Government Victoria helps to fund several programmes to promote and support gender equality in local government, including Women Leading Locally which will deliver a community leadership program to provide 120 women the inspiration, knowledge, skills and connections to campaign as candidates in the 2024 local government elections.
Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Strategy
The Victorian Aboriginal and Local Government Strategy is an important resource for Victorian councils. It serves as a practical guide for councils across Victoria and will help embed the voices and priorities of Aboriginal communities at a local government level.
The strategy includes a clear framework for shared decision-making processes and actions for Aboriginal Victorians working together with local government based on mutual control, shared power and decision-making, fairness, respect, and trust.
COVID-19 Response and Recovery
The government has been supporting Victorian councils to maintain their support for local communities through a range of COVID-19 response and recovery programs.
For more information, visit Council COVID-19 Grants.
Tourism, sports and major events
Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan
The Victorian Government has released a four-year Visitor Economy Recovery and Reform Plan that will help revitalise and grow Victorian tourism after the impacts of bushfires and the global pandemic.
Informed by the findings of the Regional Tourism Review Regional Tourism Review Consultation Findings (PDF 430.06 KB), the plan is underpinned by an investment of $633 million and serves as a whole-of-state strategy, with a goal of achieving $35 billion in annual visitor expenditure supporting 300,000 jobs by June 2024.
Active Victoria – A strategic framework for sport and recreation in Victoria 2017-21
Active 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.
Change Our Game
The Victorian Government is committed to increasing the number of women and girls participating in sport and active recreation, from grassroots through to leadership roles.
The 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
The 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.
Through 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.
Download the Fair Play Code plan.
Home Ground Advantage
The 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.
Download the Home Ground Advantage plan.
Precincts and suburbs
Business Precincts represent areas across Melbourne that have significant potential for job and population growth and distinctive, liveable and sustainable urban areas. They are already home to major businesses, existing state infrastructure projects, investment and strategic government land holdings. The Business Precincts are Fishermans Bend, Docklands, Footscray and Parkville (including the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct).
The objective of Business Precincts is to enable integrated outcomes for business and the community, and to create public and economic value. The department drives strategic development of these precincts.
Melbourne Biomedical Precinct Strategic Plan
This Strategic Plan focuses on driving better patient outcomes and economic and jobs growth for Victoria. This will be done through commercialisation of research, ensuring the best facilities, infrastructure and data are in place. This will be supported by having highly experienced people to deliver care and train future generations of biomedical professionals.
Metropolitan Partnerships Focused at a regional level, the six Metropolitan Partnerships bring together experts and leaders from all levels of government, business and the community to work together and respond to local priorities and opportunities. Their insights help government to understand the specific needs of their local communities. More information is available Metropolitan Partnerships web page
Focusing on specific suburbs, Suburban Revitalisation Boards identify and drive renewal and improvement projects. In collaboration with local stakeholders, these projects seek to improve public spaces, upgrade infrastructure and services, and ultimately support the economic and social well-being of local communities. More information is available on the Suburban Development website.
Visit the Office for Suburban Development website for further information on these and other initiatives we deliver, including community grants and engagement opportunities.
Fishermans Bend Development Board
The Fishermans Bend Development Board guides the planning and development of this landmark project for Melbourne.
Mining and resources
Extractive Resources Strategy
The state's first Extractive Resources Strategy will help Victoria grow.
Minerals Resources Strategy
State of Discovery, the Mineral Resources Strategy 2018–2023, is focused on helping grow investment and jobs in Victoria's minerals sector.
The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy
The Latrobe Valley Regional Rehabilitation Strategy provides a blueprint to progress mine rehabilitation planning and activities and achieves a safe, stable and sustainable landscape.
Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund
The Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund (RJIF) supports regional development by investing in growing jobs, building infrastructure and strengthening communities in rural and regional Victoria.
RJIF has three main programs that sit within the fund:
- Regional Infrastructure Fund;
- Regional Jobs Fund; and
- Stronger Regional Communities Program
There are nine Regional Partnerships across the state that 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 Development Australia
Regional Development Australia (RDA) is a partnership between the Australian, state and territory and local governments to support the growth and development of Australia's regions.
There are six RDA committees in Victoria covering all parts of the state, consisting of Barwon South West, Gippsland, Grampians, Hume, Loddon Mallee and Melbourne.
Small Business Victoria offers a range of support services for Victorian businesses to grow and expand, including access to:
Better Approvals for Business program
The Better Approvals for Business program is part of the Victorian Government’s regulation reform agenda announced in November 2020. This program is focussed on improving planning and other business approvals processes to support economic recovery.
Wellbeing and Mental Health Support
This program provides mental health support for Victorian small business owners dealing with the challenges presented by coronavirus (COVID-19). Current support under this program includes the Partners in Wellbeing helpline (1300 375 330) which provides confidential, one-on-one wellbeing support and free access to financial counsellors.
Business Recovery and Resilience Mentoring
This initiative delivers free, customised mentoring to small businesses affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Eligible business owners can apply now to receive up to four 2-hour mentoring sessions with an experienced professional who will help them make informed decisions about the future of their business. This initiative helps businesses mitigate risks and financial exposure, build customised strategies for recovery, market transformation, digital literacy, supply chain diversification and upskilling of existing employees.
Upskill My Business
The Upskill My Business website connects Victorian business operators with free short courses, online events and resources from the state's top education providers and industry experts. The courses can help businesses to find new customers, prepare for a strong recovery or prepare for new market conditions.
Small Business Digital Adaptation Program
The Small Business Digital Adaptation Program allows eligible businesses to trial and then receive access to digital products, tools and training they can use to build digital capability in their day-to-day operations. Businesses can access a $1,200 rebate for selected digital products, from suppliers that have partnered with the state government.
Small Business Bus
The Small Business Bus delivers business advice in metropolitan, rural and regional locations, showcasing local capability and offering practical advice. Bookings for the ‘travelling office on wheels’ will open shortly.
Multicultural Business Ministerial Council
The Multicultural Business Ministerial Council's role is to bring their experience as connected, innovative and productive small business operators to a consultative forum that helps government understand first-hand the issues common to the sector.
Small Business Ministerial Council
The Small Business Ministerial Council's role is to bring their experience as connected, innovative and productive small business operators to a consultative forum that helps government understand first-hand the issues common to the sector.
Fair Payments Policy
The Victorian Government's Fair Payments Policy exists to support small and medium businesses by increasing the timeliness and certainty of cash flow. The policy applies to department and agency contracts entered for goods and services, including Works or Construction Services.
From 1 January 2021, Victoria’s 30-day payment terms have been permanently reduced to 10 business days for all small business contracts where the value of goods and services is under $3 million.
Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme
The Victorian Government introduced a Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Trade and investment
The Access Program offers export-related assistance and in-country expertise to Victorian companies visiting overseas markets, particularly the Americas, Japan, South Korea, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, China, India and Southeast Asia.'
Advancing Victorian Manufacturing
Advancing Victoria's Manufacturing. A Blueprint for the Future provides the vision for the Victorian manufacturing industry, focusing on areas that will prepare Victorians for the jobs of the future, encourage innovation, build scale, capability and supply chain excellence, and foster a globally competitive business environment.
Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre
The Australian Medtech Manufacturing Centre (AMMC) is a Victorian Government initiative supporting the growth of medtech manufacturing in Victoria, creating new jobs, enhancing skills and increasing investment.
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.
Go Global is a free online tool for Victorian businesses with a registered ABN to find out what support is available to them for improving export capabilities.
Local Jobs First
The Victorian Government is the largest procurer of goods, services and construction works in the state, and uses its purchasing power to help develop local industries, create jobs and boost economic activity across Victoria.
Victoria’s e Local Jobs First policy is the strongest industry development procurement regime in Australia. It is designed to ensure that local businesses are given full and fair opportunity to compete for large and small Victorian government contracts — ensuring that local projects create opportunities for Victorian businesses and workers.
Find out more about Local Jobs First – VIPP.