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Victoria Home To New World-Class Sports Tech Hub

The Victorian Government is backing the state’s growing sports technology sector with a $4 million investment to establish the Australian Sports Innovation Centre for Excellence in Cremorne. The centre will support the creation of up to 2,000 tech jobs in four years by fast-tracking commercialisation..

Record Minerals Demand Boosts Local Economies, Jobs

The Victorian Government is supporting the minerals sector to deliver growth across the state, with record expenditure providing jobs and investment in regional communities. New data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) revealed minerals exploration spending across Victoria is at record levels, hitting..

Delivering Cutting Edge Care To Critically Ill Newborns

The Victorian Government is investing in a world-first medical device that will help more critically ill newborns get access to potentially lifesaving care. Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy Jaala Pulford today announced Melbourne startup Navi Medical Technologies would receive $50,000 as..

Extended Support For Victorian Businesses

A jointly-funded support package from the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments will provide a critical four-week boost to small and medium-sized Victorian businesses most impacted by the current public health lockdown. The unprecedented joint package of up to $2.34 billion will deliver certainty to around 175,000..

Digital Charge: Software Boost For Small Businesses

Thousands of small businesses around Victoria will have the chance to improve their online presence and arm themselves with more digital skills, with the Small Business Digital Adaptation Program reopening for applications. The program provides $1,200 rebates so small businesses can access a range of..

New Monash Hubs To Boost COVID Vaccine Manufacturing

A new purpose-built facility at Monash University will increase Victoria’s medicine manufacturing capability, including COVID-19 vaccines, thanks to a funding boost from the Victorian Government. Minister for Higher Education Gayle Tierney today announced the $21.65 million trio of projects at the Clayton campus, including the..

Digital Jobs Training, Placement Boon For Workers And Businesses

Thousands of Victorians will get the chance to work with some of Australia’s biggest companies, as part of a program that is upskilling mid-career Victorians and providing businesses with much-needed digital workers. The Victorian Government’s $64 million Digital Jobs program will support up to 5,000..

Top-Tier Tech Firm To Call Melbourne Home

Leading Asia-Pacific technology company NCS is setting up its Australian base in Melbourne – with 500 new digital jobs to be created over the next five years. Treasurer and Minister for Economic Development Tim Pallas announced today that the company has established a Cloud Centre..

Victorian Businesses To Get Faster Broadband In 120 Areas

Thousands of Victorian businesses can look forward to better internet connections, with the Victorian Government and NBN Co striking a landmark deal to improve connections around the state. The Government is investing $73 million as part of the agreement, which will see broadband upgrades delivered..

Mallacoota To Get Better Mobile Coverage

Mallacoota residents and visitors will have better mobile and internet connections, with new mobile infrastructure to be built to help the region recover from the devastating 2019-20 bushfires. The Victorian Government and Telstra are investing $2.2 million to improve 4G mobile capacity and resilience, which..

More Rent Relief For Commercial Tenants

The Victorian Government has locked in further relief for commercial tenants struggling with rent payments, with new regulations finalised as part of the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme. The scheme will help small and medium-sized businesses with an annual turnover of less than $50 million that..

A Step Closer To Victoria’s First mRNA COVID-19 Vaccine

With clinical trials of Australia’s first mRNA coronavirus vaccine due to start in coming months, a key piece of equipment has arrived in Victoria to enable the critical manufacturing capability of mRNA vaccines to commence. A new $1 million NanoAssemblr machine has been shipped in..

Support For Businesses In Regional Victoria

A package of automatic cash grants jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments will provide regional Victorian businesses with the support they need following the extension of the Victorian lockdown to the whole of the state. Lockdown directions commenced at 1:00pm on Saturday, 21..

Victorian Economy Resilient With Leading Jobs Growth

Victoria is leading the nation in jobs growth and has the lowest unemployment rate of all the States according to new data released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. In July alone, 16,000 people found work in Victoria – seven times the nation’s jobs..

Digital Boosts Make Communities, Businesses Stronger

The Golden Plains community will benefit from huge improvements to connectivity at a new hub that bridges the digital divide experienced by many regional Victorians. Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas was in Smythesdale today to open a new co-working space and digital hub at..

Supporting Our Hardest Hit Small Businesses

The Victorian Government is giving a lifeline to businesses that have been severely impacted by coronavirus restrictions and are not eligible for existing business support payments. Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford today opened the $180 million Small Business COVID Hardship Fund, which will provide..

New Small Business Commissioner Appointed

Business owners will have a new Small Business Commissioner to help resolve disputes and provide advice, with Lynda McAlary-Smith appointed to the role. An experienced public service executive with a history of supporting the small business sector, Ms McAlary-Smith brings a depth of leadership from..

Rent Relief Guaranteed For Commercial Tenants

The Andrews Labor Government is ensuring eligible tenants are provided with rent relief, with legislation to reintroduce the Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme passing in Parliament today. Businesses that have experienced a loss in turnover of more than 30 per cent during the pandemic are now..