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We’re updating Victoria’s 30-year infrastructure strategy and regional Victoria is a key focus of our work. Over the past year, we’ve developed profiles for each of Victoria’s regions aimed at understanding their specific needs and strengths and will make recommendations in the strategy to address these.

The next stage in our work is to identify infrastructure initiatives that build on the comparative strengths of Victoria’s regions and address disadvantage.

Submissions process

We are now calling for submissions from interested stakeholders with experience and expertise in regional planning and service provision. Stakeholders are invited to make submissions on addressing regional disadvantage or comparative advantage, or both.

Submissions should indicate which region or regions they relate to and, where possible, submitters should provide business plans, service plans, program evaluations or other evidence to support their submission.

Before making a submission, we recommend you read the background materials on both comparative advantage and addressing regional disadvantage below.

Submissions close Friday 7 February 2020.

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To get in touch with the team, please email enquiries@infrastructurevictoria.com.au.

 

Comparative advantage

Many of Victoria’s regions have significant economic strengths across a range of industries and we want to build on these strengths through good infrastructure investments. We have developed profiles of the comparative advantages between nine of our regions and developed an assessment framework to help prioritise investments.

Regional industry profiles
Barwon Central Highlands Gippsland
Goulburn Great South Coast Loddon Campaspe
Mallee Ovens Murray Wimmera Southern Mallee

 

Assessment framework

Regional Infrastructure Assessment Framework Report

Addressing regional disadvantage

Parts of Victoria are experiencing clear and persistent disadvantage, and structural economic and demographic changes are exacerbating these challenges. We want to identify infrastructure that can improve access to services, increase social inclusion or improve economic outcomes to reduce disadvantage. We have developed fact sheets of regional disadvantage across our nine regional areas, and developed an assessment framework to help prioritise investments. For further context, you should also read our research paper outlining the role of infrastructure in addressing disadvantage.

Background paper

The role of Infrastructure in Addressing Regional Disadvantage

Regional disadvantage fact sheets
Barwon Central Highlands Gippsland
Goulburn Great South Coast Loddon Campaspe
Mallee Ovens Murray Wimmera Southern Mallee

 

Assessment framework

Addressing Regional Disadvantage – Infrastructure Assessment Framework Report

 

Timeline

Early 2019

Project establishment

2019

Develop framework for assessing infrastructure responses to boost regional strengths and address challenges

2020

Gather evidence about possible infrastructure responses to regional strengths and challenges