Funding and Programs
Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund
The fund supports the Latrobe Valley to manage transition and enable growth and diversification to ensure a sustainable future.
For more information, visit the Latrobe Valley Industry and Infrastructure Fund.
Regional Development Australia Fund
Round three and four of the Regional Development Australia Fund have opened. The program will see $50 million delivered to projects in small towns as part of round three and $175 million to support strategic infrastructure projects as part of round four funding.
The new guidelines and improvement to the application process will make it easier for applicants with the Expression of Interest process to conclude on Thursday, 6 December 2012. For more information on the program and to see whether you are eligible, please visit the Regional Development Australia Fund.
Gippsland Apprentices Program
The Group Training Association of Victoria (GTAV) is partnering with the Victorian Government to get suspended apprentices in the Gippsland region back into work.
The Gippsland Apprentices Program (GAP) allows employers who take on unemployed or unplaced apprentices the opportunity to receive a $4000 Employer Incentive Bonus to help with the cost of hiring and training each apprentice, subject to eligibility and acceptance by GTAV.
This program has been funded by the Victorian Government Regional Development Victoria with support from Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD).
For more information or to register your interest visit the Gippsland Apprentices Program, or contact the GTAV office on (03) 96939 3955.
Employment and Industry Survey
Over 390 local businesses responded to the 2012 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, 4.8mb) 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, 5.0mb) 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.
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 (pdf, 885kb) or subscribe to Business Connect.
Gippsland Regional Plan
The Gippsland Regional Plan (GRP) (pdf, 8.2mb) 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.
Victorian Skills Gateway Website
A new Victorian Skills Gateway website has been launched as a one-stop-shop of Victorian vocational education and training to help find the best option for individuals. Searches can be performed on occupations, courses, training providers, video and written case studies.
The courses listed on the website are either regulated qualifications under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), or short training programs comprising units of competency from regulated qualifications.
All training organisations on the Gateway are registered under the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) or the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).
For more information visit Victorian Skills Gateway or call 131 823.