Business News

Onshore gas consultation session

The Victorian Coalition Government has announced the next stage of the onshore natural gas community and stakeholder engagement program.  

The open days provide an opportunity for people to share their views with independent facilitators about a potential onshore natural gas industry in Victoria, as well as accessing factual information from technical specialists, including geologists and hydrogeologists.  

The independent facilitators are focusing on consulting with people living in districts that are more likely to contain unconventional gas, but anyone from other districts is also welcome to attend.  

Date:                  Thursday, 24 July 2014

Time:                 2.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Location:           Baptist Church Hall, 62 Kay Street, Traralgon 

For more information about upcoming open days and events as well as the Victorian water science studies, visit Natural Gas Community Information

New streamlined website for business programmes and services

The Department of Industry has produced a new website to simplify and streamlined information and services provided by the Australian Government.

Launched on 1 July 2014, the Single Business Service will streamline the way businesses access industry information and services by putting their needs first, providing quality and consistent services at the lowest possible cost.

Single Business Service assistance is available to all Australian businesses and consists of a consolidated online presence accessible any time and anywhere, hotline support and a face-to-face business services to businesses.

Support includes information for businesses that is easy to find and understand, tailored advice for businesses when they choose to access it, and direct links to Australian Government programmes and services, including the new Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme.

For more information, please visit or phone 13 28 46.


Employment and Industry Survey

Over 300 local businesses responded to the 2013 Employment and Industry Survey, which provided information on recent trends, issues impacting businesses and future expectations for sales growth and capital investment.

For a copy of the report(PDF, 778KB) (PDF, 777KB) and to find out about the Latrobe business environment, call 1300 367 700.

Latrobe Valley Industry and Employment Road Map

The Latrobe Valley Industry and Employment Roadmap(PDF, 4MB) (PDF, 4.50 MB) is a coordinated, long-term plan for future industry and employment growth in the Latrobe Valley.

Funded under the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund and launched on 11 July 2012, the Roadmap is the Victorian Government’s lead strategy to address the likely impacts of the national carbon price on energy intensive businesses located in the Latrobe Valley.

The Roadmap will guide future development in the Latrobe Valley, provide immediate and coordinated actions and leverage Commonwealth Government assistance and funding opportunities.

Food to Asia Action Plan

The Food to Asia Action Plan (PDF, 2.6MB) is a coordinated, long-term plan targeted at getting more Victorian food and beverages on Asian tables.

The Food to Asia Action Plan is a carefully targeted strategy that will build on these strengths to boost exports of premium food and beverage products to Asian markets.

Business Connect

This quarterly newsletter provides information on current developments, government initiatives, coming events and features articles on new and existing businesses.

Read the latest edition of Business Connect Autumn 2014(PDF, 788KB) (PDF, 787KB) or subscribe to Business Connect.

Gippsland Regional Plan

The Gippsland Regional Plan (GRP)(PDF, 8MB) (PDF, 8.20 MB) is a long-term strategic plan that aims to manage the emerging challenges in our region to shape a successful future. The GRP analyses the region's economic, social and environmental challenges and trends, and sets a strategic vision for Gippsland with priority areas for action.

It is the product of the combined efforts of Gippslands local governments, State Government departments, key business and community representations and the Gippsland Committee of Regional Development Australia.

Delivery of the Gippsland Regional Plan will drive Gippsland's future prosperity as it increasingly becomes the region of choice to live, work, invest and visit.

Gippsland Freight Strategy

The Gippsland Freight Strategy(PDF, 6MB) (PDF, 6.50) has been developed in collaboration with local Councils, State Government agencies and industry. The Gippsland Freight Strategy seeks to deliver a range of benefits, including reduced operating costs for business; a stronger regional economic base; increased safety on the region’s transport network; enhanced desirability of Gippsland as a lifestyle and investment destination; and improved local and regional environments.