Regional Development Victoria (RDV) is the Victorian Government’s lead agency responsible for rural and regional economic development across the state.
RDV operates in partnership with regional businesses and communities, and all tiers of government to deliver the government’s regional development agenda and instigate positive change for rural and regional Victorians.
RDV is focused on enabling businesses to invest to consolidate and grow jobs, strengthen regional economies and enrich the social fabric of Victoria’s regional cities and towns.
The Office for Suburban Development drives the suburban policy agenda for the Victorian Government, through our Metropolitan Partnerships and Suburban Revitalisation Programs.
Melbourne’s suburbs play an important role in the lives of more than three quarters of Victorians. Suburban Development is about working with communities, businesses and governments across metropolitan Melbourne.
We coordinate across relevant projects, departments and agencies, to add value and complement work already underway, remove duplication, address gaps and achieve positive outcomes for local communities.
A key challenge in our future is ensuring that suburbs have a voice in decision-making, and the infrastructure and services that they need for a liveable and sustainable future.
Strategies and initiatives
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 are 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.
There are nine Regional Partnerships 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.
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.
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.
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 Revitalisation web page.
GovHubs are purpose-built employment hubs in Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley. The developments will bring new public service roles to the regions.
Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment
The government is partnering with the private sector to deliver the Ballarat Station Precinct Redevelopment, a vibrant commercial, transport and community precinct that includes a new hotel and conference centre with new shopping and dining options.
Geelong City Deal
The $370 million Geelong City Deal brings together all three levels of government with industry, the higher education sector and the community to support Geelong and the Great Ocean Road’s continued economic growth through a range of projects.
Building Works package
The government is investing $2.7 billion in the Building Works package to create local jobs across the state with more than half the projects in rural and regional Victoria.
The Office of Suburban Development supports direct targeted investments to revitalise areas outside of the eight Suburban Revitalisation sites where the office currently works. This allows the government to partner on projects led by local government, delivering strong outcomes for local communities.
Targeted revitalisation investments are currently being delivered in four suburbs: Altona, Lalor, Springvale and Thomastown.
Divisional owners and entities
- Regional Development Victoria is the government's lead agency in developing rural and regional Victoria.
- Latrobe Valley Authority
- Office of the Cross Border Commissioner
- Suburban Development is delivering projects that improve local community infrastructure and services. These include suburban revitalisation boards and metropolitan partnerships:
- Boronia Suburban Revitalisation Board
- Broadmeadows Suburban Revitalisation Board
- Frankston Suburban Revitalisation Board
- Lilydale Suburban Revitalisation Board
- Melton Suburban Revitalisation Board
- Nobel Park Suburban Revitalisation Board
- Reservoir Suburban Revitalisation Board
- Tarneit Suburban Revitalisation Board
- Inner Metropolitan Partnerships
- Inner South-East Metropolitan Partnerships
- Western Metropolitan Partnerships
- Northern Metropolitan Partnerships
- Eastern Metropolitan Partnerships
- Southern Metropolitan Partnerships
- Metropolitan Development Advisory Panel