Trade and investment


Global Victoria and the Jobs, Innovation and Business Engagement group lead the Victorian Government's strategy to increase the state's export opportunities and drive investment in key sectors to create Victorian jobs and grow the economy.

Both work closely with priority industry sectors, including medical technologies and pharmaceuticals, new energy technology, food and fibre, transport technologies, defence, construction technologies, international education and professional services.


Strategies and initiatives

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.

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.


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, Vietnam 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.

Grants, awards and scholarships

Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA)

In its 37th year, the Governor of Victoria Export Awards celebrate the innovation and hard work of exporters across a range of sectors including agribusiness, business services, creative industries, digital technologies, e-commerce, education and training, environment, health and biotechnology, manufacturing, minerals, energy and regional development.

Hamer scholarships program

The Hamer scholarships program, which focuses on language and cultural immersion, is designed to build the Asia-engagement capabilities of Victorians. The program provides scholarships for Victorians to undertake intensive language study at nominated universities or institutions in China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea.

Study Melbourne Scholarships

There are a variety of scholarships for international students in Victoria.

Victorian International Education Awards

The Victorian International Education Awards reward outstanding achievement and excellence in international education in Victoria.

Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards

The Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame recognises excellence in manufacturing. There are a number of categories under which manufacturers can submit nominations including the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Honour Roll. 

Divisional owners and entities

Global Victoria

Global Victoria works with businesses to build their export capabilities and connect them to international opportunities through the Government's global network of over 20 offices. The group advocates for the best policy settings so that Victorian companies can be competitive in the global arena. It also seeks to attract and retain the best global talent through migration.

Victorian Government Business Offices

The Victorian Government has business offices in key international trade markets - including China, India, UK and Europe, the US, Indonesia, the Middle East, Japan and South Korea - to assist businesses in-market, including connecting businesses with overseas buyers and industry partners.

Development Victoria

Development Victoria delivers property development, urban renewal and major civic projects on behalf of the government for the Victorian community.

Projects include:

  • Precinct renewal, such as the Revitalisation of Central Dandenong, Junction Place in Wodonga, and the ongoing development of Docklands
  • Civic projects, such as the State Library of Victoria, Flinders Street Station and Melbourne Park redevelopments
  • Residential developments, such as Riverwalk in Werribee and CIRQ in Point Cook.

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