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.

Employment programs

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

Digital Jobs

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.

Local government

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: Local Government Act 2020 Governance Resources.

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)PDF icon, 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

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

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

Suburban Revitalisation

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 development

Regional Economic Development Strategies

Victoria's Regional Economic Development Strategies (REDS) identify strategic directions to further drive growth and prosperity in regional Victoria. The REDS represent a new direction in Victoria’s regional economic development, recognising that each of region has unique strengths, challenges and opportunities.

The REDS provide a consistent evidence-based framework for each of Victoria's nine Regional Partnership regions. They can be used by all levels of government, regional communities, and businesses to work together, innovate, tackle challenges and make targeted investments to achieve stronger outcomes for their region.

The REDS are also complemented by nine interactive data dashboards, allowing stakeholders to interact with the data, conduct analysis and draw new insights.

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
  • Stronger Regional Communities Program.

Regional Partnerships

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

Small Business Victoria offers a range of tools, grants, programs and support services for Victorian businesses to operate and build business capability, including access to:

Digital tools

Business Planning Tool

The Business Planning Tool is a free and easy-to-use resource to help Victorian business owners set goals, plan next steps, track progress and learn new skills.

This tool guides users through each stage of their business journey step-by-step and helps prioritise complex tasks by breaking them down into smaller, easy actions.

Business Victoria Event Planner

The Event Planner is a guided tool making it easier for small event and festival organisers by providing a centralised information hub with relevant resources and information for running safe and successful events, including:

  • Who to consult and at what stage
  • Which permits are required
  • Grants and other financial support
  • Health and safety requirements

Business training

Small Business Support Toolkits Program

The Small Business Support Toolkits Program offers localised workshops, live webinars, one-on-one confidential business advice and self-guided learning opportunities for established and emerging business owners.

The program helps businesses mitigate the economic decline and other impacts on their operations, adapt to constant changes in the environment and build new capabilities into their businesses to emerge stronger and resilient for future challenges.

Expert advice

Ready for Growth

Up to 1,000 businesses with high growth potential will be assisted to reach new markets, accelerate their growth and create jobs for Victorians. The program will support businesses with tailored advisory services provided by BDO Australia Growth Facilitators. Read more at Ready for Growth.

Small Business Bus

The Small Business Bus travels around metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, helping small businesses develop ideas and capabilities. It offers resources and support through various government organisations as well as business assistance from expert advisers and financial business counselling through the Rural Financial Counselling Service.

Wellbeing and mental health support

This program provides mental health support for Victorian small business owners dealing with challenges. Current support under this program includes:

  • Partners in Wellbeing helpline (1300 375 330) which provides confidential, one-on-one wellbeing support and free access to business advisers and financial counsellors
  • Mindarma, a free self-paced online wellbeing program that contains 10 interactive 15-minute sessions that teach mindfulness and other cognitive skills
  • WorkWell Toolkit for Small Business which provides practical ideas and step-by-step guidance for creating a mentally healthy workplace.

Ministerial councils

The Multicultural Business Ministerial Council and Small Business Ministerial Council 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 Advocacy

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 focused on improving planning and other business approvals processes to support economic recovery.

Fair Payments Policy

The Victorian Government's Contracts for fair payments policy has been established 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.

Small Business Regulation Review

Small Business Victoria has reviewed 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.

Currently, implementation of the reforms is underway for the construction sector, working in consultation with the top four regulators: Energy Safe Victoria, Environment Protection Authority Victoria, Victorian Building Authority and WorkSafe Victoria.

Visit the Small Business Retail Regulation Review website.

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.

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

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.

Page last updated: 2 February 2021