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3 March 2023 – Developing the next generation of defence science talent

From creating augmented realities to coding new Bluetooth headsets, these Defence Science Institute interns highlight Victoria’s bright future.

2 March 2023 – Melbourne announced as the new home of the Land Forces Expo from 2024

In a major win for Victoria’s world-class defence sector and business event credentials, Melbourne has secured the rights to host the largest land defence exposition in the Asia-Pacific.

1 March 2023 – New grants available for Victorian manufacturers

Small and medium sized Victorian manufacturers can now apply for grants of up to $250,000 through the Made in Victoria - Manufacturing Growth Program.

15 February 2023 – Leap into quantum technologies to drive discoveries, jobs

Victoria's reputation as a global player in the quantum technologies sector continues to grow, as the Victorian Government invests in an innovative Australian business leading the way in the emerging field.

17 January 2023 ­­­– Victorian food and fibre exports hit record high

Victoria’s food and fibre exports have reached a record high, valued at $17.9 billion in 2021-22 – a 29 per cent increase on the previous year.

17 October 2022 ­– New grant program to equip manufacturers with digital skills

A new grant program will help Victorian manufactures develop the digital capabilities they need to maintain their competitive advantage by providing free training to employees.

14 October 2022 – The Future is Made in Victoria

The Victorian Government has released its vision for the future of the state’s manufacturing sector.

10 October 2022 – Charging up more electric vehicles in Victoria

JET Charge, a local electric vehicle (EV) charging company is expanding its operations in the Fishermans Bend precinct and growing its charging network across the state.

10 October 2022 – More kombucha on the way in Dandenong

Australia’s largest kombucha maker Remedy Drinks has opened a new facility, housing the company’s research and development, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations.

5 October 2022 – Boosting mobile connectivity across Victoria

We are fast-tracking the delivery of improved mobile services to better connect Victorians living and working in more than 1,200 suburbs and towns across the state.

3 October 2022 – Free WiFi in Cremorne to drive innovation

We are partnering with Yarra City Council to deliver six smart poles across Cremorne, with one of the poles to service the home of the new Cremorne Digital Hub in Balmain Street.

29 September 2022 – mRNA Victoria Gold Award from the International Economic Development Council

Washington DC based International Economic Development Council has awarded mRNA Victoria the Excellence in Economic Development Gold Award for its work developing an mRNA ecosystem in Victoria.

15 September 2022 – Supporting new medtech innovation

Regional clinicians, researchers and manufacturers will benefit from a new acceleration program through a partnership between the University of Melbourne and Bendigo Health.

8 September 2022 Backing Victorian exporters to seize global opportunities

The newly released Global Victoria = Your Export Partner outlines the opportunities and services available to Victorian businesses looking to expand into new international markets.

6 September 2022 – Strengthening Victoria's defence supply chain

Applications are now open for the Supply Chain Uplift Program, helping Victorian manufacturers and businesses to compete for and win lucrative defence contracts, securing local jobs and boosting our economy.

31 August 2022 – Leading pandemic therapeutics centre in Melbourne

A new centre will be established in Melbourne’s biomedical precinct to advance Victoria’s pandemic preparedness and fast-track the design and development of life-saving treatments.

4 August 2022 – Medtech Manufacturing Capability Program recipients announced

The Victorian Government has announced the 12 businesses that will share in $3.2 million of funding through the Medtech Manufacturing Capability Program.

28 July 2022 – More support for medtech manufacturers

Two local medtech manufacturers are investing and growing in Victoria, cementing the state’s reputation as a global leader in healthcare innovation while creating around 280 new high skilled jobs.

27 July 2022 – New wave of technology brings water to farms in India

Victorian manufacturer Rubicon Water is leading the way with modernising irrigation systems in the Murray Darling Basin and improving farm productivity and sustainability in India as it expands its presence across the world.

27 July 2022 – Congratulations to the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame awards winners

Fourteen of Victoria’s top manufacturers won accolades at the 2022 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards, recognising outstanding businesses and individuals in the manufacturing industry who are excelling in leadership and innovation.

26 July 2022 – Seaweed offers new sustainable building approach

A Melbourne start-up designing building materials using seaweed residue as a replacement for cement is in the early stages of testing and development.

7 July 2022 – Indo-Pacific conference showcases Victorian defence capabilities

Victorian defence companies were on show at Indo-Pacific 2022 in May, the largest defence industry event this year in Australia.

15 June 2022 – Accelerating our manufacturing of electric vehicle components

Victoria’s electric vehicle components manufacturing expertise is being supported by the Victorian Government, helping create dozens of new jobs in the industry.

14 June 2022 – Innovation challenge to drive medtech manufacturing

The Victorian Government is working to improve the lives of people with disabilities and health conditions by backing the state’s brightest minds to deliver new locally manufactured medtech.

1 April 2022 – AgriBio expansion boosts AgTech and innovation

A multi-million dollar expansion at AgriBio, Australia’s premier bioscience facility in Bundoora, has just been completed — boosting biosecurity research and offering a new innovation hub for AgTech startups.

You can read more about major activities and announcements on the deprtment's newsroom.

Upcoming Events

20th September 2022 – Governor of Victoria Export Awards

The annual Governor of Victoria Export Awards (GOVEA) recognise and celebrate excellence and success of Victoria’s best exporters. Open to all Victorian exporting businesses, GOVEA recognises and rewards leadership and innovation in international trade.

4th to 6th October 2022 - Land Forces International Land Defence Exposition 2022

The Victorian Government Pavilion will host up to 28 Victorian defence industry SMEs throughout the event to enable critical engagement with industry, delegations, and government.

28th February to 5th March 2023 – AVALON 2023

Showcasing the latest in aviation, aerospace, defence and space technologies, The AVALON Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition is one of the Indo Pacific’s most prestigious events and the most comprehensive aviation, aerospace and defence exposition in the southern hemisphere.

9th to 13th May 2023 – Australian Manufacturing Week

AMW Melbourne is an industry exhibition encompassing all aspects of manufacturing in Australia. The event showcases the latest innovations, technologies and equipment in the advanced manufacturing sector.

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