Strategies and initiatives


Victoria's Animal Welfare Action Plan

The government is has released an Action Plan for Victoria's animals.

Visit Victoria's Action Plan for animal welfare to find out more.

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.

Viticulture biosecurity

The Victorian Viticulture Biosecurity Committee (VVBC) has been established to provide leadership in the planning and management of state vine health issues.

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

Cultural and creative economy

Creative State - Victoria's first creative industries strategy

With more than $115 million in new funding, Creative State is designed to grow Victoria's $23 billion creative and cultural economy, turbocharge local creative enterprises, create new jobs and employment opportunities, and bring social and cultural benefits to Victorians.

Employment programs

Community Traineeship Program

Through this program, Jobs Victoria provides young people with traineeship opportunities in the health and community services sector. The Community Traineeship Program aims to improve employment prospects for young people in the regions of Greater Dandenong, Hume and Greater Bendigo.

Corporate Social Inclusion Partnerships

This program supports skilled African-Australians and culturally and linguistically diverse jobseekers at risk of marginalisation from their field of qualification. The Corporate Social Inclusion Partnerships program delivers inclusive employment programs with four corporate employers who provide paid work experience, supported training and mentoring, with the aim of transitioning participants into sustainable employment.

Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN)

The Jobs Victoria Employment Network is the centrepiece of a new approach to employment assistance in Victoria. Through a network of specialist employment services, Jobs Victoria delivers employment assistance to people and places that need it most.

Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund

The Jobs Victoria Innovation Fund provides small grants to support new and innovative approaches to employment services.

Microenterprise Development Program

The Microenterprise Development Program provides support services to help people develop, finance and launch their own business.

Social Enterprise Strategy

The Victorian Government has launched Australia's first Social Enterprise Strategy to improve sector support and ensure more social, economic and employment opportunities for disadvantaged Victorians.

Work and Learning Centres

Jobs Victoria Work and Learning Centres deliver employment assistance in communities with high concentrations of public housing and includes support for public housing tenants and other Victorians facing barriers to find and sustain employment. The centres deliver support through partnerships with local community organisations in five high need locations - Carlton/Fitzroy, Ballarat, Shepparton, Moe and Geelong.

Workers in Transition

Workers in Transition offers a flexible, comprehensive, early-response service across Victoria to assist businesses and workers facing retrenchment, complementing more specific industry adjustment packages. Assistance includes the provision of coordinated and relevant information, referral to available services, and advice and support tailored to the needs of recipients. The program is both responsive to requests and proactive in offering support to employers that may be retrenching workers.

YMCA Bridge to Employment Services and Training Program

The YMCA Bridge training program delivers a combination of life skills and vocational training to ex-offenders and connects participants with Jobs Victoria Partners who coordinate support, training and employment opportunities with the aim of transitioning into sustainable employment.

Youth Cadetship Scheme

The Youth Cadetship Scheme gives young Victorians a job in the public sector, accredited training and experience that will put them on the path to a meaningful career. The program offers entry-level positions in the Victorian Public Service to eligible young people who have graduated from the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) or been referred from a Jobs Victoria Partner.

Youth Employment Scheme (YES)

YES offers young people aged 15 to 24 paid work experience in the Victorian Public Service. The program provides a 12-month traineeship for young people, particularly those who have faced barriers to employment, while studying for a Certificate III or IV qualification. YES Trainees have the opportunity to apply for the Youth Cadetship Scheme when nearing completion of their traineeship.

Tourism, sports and major events

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.

Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy

The Victorian Government's objectives for supporting the growth and sustainability of the tourism, events and visitor economy sector are outlined in the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy (PDF 1427.08 KB)PDF icon

Download the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy (DOCX 1928.22 KB)DOCX icon.

Victorian Visitor Economy Action plan

The action plan to implement the Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy over the short to medium term is outlined in the Victorian Visitor Economy Action plan Victorian Visitor Economy Action Plan (PDF 1895.64 KB)PDF icon

Download the Victorian Visitor Economy Action plan Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy Action Plan 2016-2020 (DOCX 90.63 KB)DOCX icon.

Victorian Visitor Economy Progress Report July 2018

A summary of how the Victorian Government is tracking in delivering on the Strategy's objectives is outlined in the Victorian Visitor Economy Progress Report July 2018 Victorian Visitor Economy Action Plan (PDF 1895.64 KB)PDF icon

Download the Victorian Visitor Economy Progress Report July 2018 plan Victorian Visitor Economy Strategy Action Plan 2016-2020 (DOCX 90.63 KB)DOCX icon.

Precincts, suburbs and regions

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.

Mining and resources

Extractive Resources Strategy

Victoria is growing fast and we need to build 2.2 million additional homes as well as new infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and transport networks.

The state's first Extractive Resources Strategy will help Victoria grow.

Minerals Resources Strategy

Victoria's wealth was built on gold mining and the industry remains important to our economy, particularly in regional areas. State of Discovery, the Mineral Resources Strategy 2018–2023, is focussed on helping grow investment and jobs in Victoria's minerals sector.

Small business

Small Business Victoria offers a range of support services for Victorian businesses to grow and expand, including access to:

Small business bus

The Small business bus visits a variety of locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria, acting as a 'travelling office on wheels'. Bookings for a free 45-minute face-to-face consultation with an expert business mentor aboard the bus can be made through our website, as well as further details on the range of programs services.

Small business mentoring program

Mentoring services are provided by highly experienced business people with skills and qualifications in a wide range of industries and disciplines.

Small business workshops and events

Small Business Victoria workshops and events are available to Victoria's small businesses. Held at both metro and regional Victoria locations, Small Business Victoria workshops are run by experts in their field. The workshops cover a range of business topics from starting your business, understanding business planning to taking your business online and developing digital strategies for your business.

Business Victoria Local Events

Business Victoria Local Events is replacing the government's long-running Small Business Festival that was normally held in August. As part of this new program, Business Victoria will partner with metropolitan and regional local governments in Victoria to develop and deliver engaging and helpful business learning, networking and upskilling events to Victoria's small businesses. It will also feature marquee events for targeted audiences such as inclusive events for Aboriginal, youth, senior, people facing disabilities, female business leaders, and multi-cultural communities.

Digital opportunities roadshow

The Digital Opportunities Roadshow will assist your small business in developing a fit-for purpose online presence and identifying online goals. Small Business Victoria in partnership with the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, are hosting free workshops across regional Victoria to help businesses make the most of the digital economy and reduce their cybersecurity risks. Topics include developing an online presence, understanding and using digital tools and managing your cybersecurity and safety plan.

Ministerial Councils

Multicultural Business Ministerial Council

The Multicultural Business Ministerial Council's role is to bring their experience and skills as representatives of Victoria's multicultural small business community to a consultative forum that helps government understand the benefits and challenges across cultures in small business.

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, where the total value does not exceed $3 million.

Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme

The Victorian Government has introduced a Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme to alleviate financial hardship faced by tenants and landlords as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19). Please refer to this Policy Guidance Policy guidance - Commercial Tenancies Relief Scheme (DOCX 78.33 KB)DOCX icon for clarity on matters including eligible participants and documentation requirements.

Trade and investment

Access Program

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.

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

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.

Victoria's Trade Statement

Globally Connected: Victoria's Trade Statement explores global trends that are shaping a new era in international trade. It highlights how the Victorian Government is supporting businesses to seize trade opportunities.