Victoria is one of the most liveable places in the world. Home to spectacular natural beauty, world-class healthcare, high quality education and vibrant cities and towns, Victoria is a leader in liveability. Victoria's international reputation for clean environments and urban liveability presents major opportunities to export our services and expertise to the world's growing cities.

"Liveability means our communities remain places where people want to visit and live, and that our natural environment is healthy, accessible and well-managed for current and future generations." - Economic Building Blocks for Victoria 2016


Melbourne has been voted the World's Most Liveable City by the Economist Intelligence Unit's Global Liveability Index for an incredible seventh-straight year, breaking international records. The Economist Intelligence Unit's Liveability Index ranks 140 of the world's best cities and once again, Melbourne has come out on top – securing perfect scores for healthcare, education and infrastructure.

Victoria is also home to Port Fairy, the world's most liveable town – judged on good planning, a nourishing environment, healthy lifestyle and rich heritage.

Victoria boasts some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world, from beautiful beaches to stunning national parks. Victoria is home to world-class healthcare, top schools and universities, well planned and sustainable cities and towns, and a great quality of life.

Melbourne is the cultural, sporting and education capital of the world, featuring beautiful parks and gardens, galleries and museums, some of the best restaurants and cafes, high quality transport and infrastructure, and world class sports and entertainment.

There is growing evidence that our economy and quality of life is directly related to the health of our environment. Liveable places support healthy, happy people. Sustainable, liveable cities provide confidence for businesses to invest and economies to grow.


As one of the most liveable places in the world, Victoria has leading services and expertise in liveability.

Decades of water policy reforms and experience dealing with drought means Victoria is a leader in innovative water management.

In recent years, Melbourne has experienced an architectural and design renaissance and now boasts some of the most innovative buildings and infrastructure in the world.

Victoria has a strong reputation for environmental protection and is also home to an established clean-tech industry. This industry is expected to grow as we build our resilience to climate change and move to a more efficient and carbon neutral economy.

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Join the Australian delegation to Vietwater'17

The Australian Water Association, in partnership with the Victorian Government, welcomes the participation of Victorian water professionals and businesses to join The Association's third delegation to Vietwater'17 in November.

Through your participation as a delegate you will be involved in a series of tailored events designed to expand the scope of business opportunities across the Vietnamese water sector. As a delegate, you will be provided with space at the Australian Pavilion, receive at least three one-on-one business introductions with potential Vietnamese business partners arranged by the Association and the Vietnam Ministry of Science and Technology, and attend a range of networking events, workshops and site tours.

At Vietwater'17, the Association is facilitating workshops between Australian delegates and Vietnam Ministries, utilities, academic institutions and private sector companies to enable demonstration projects, facilitate the introduction in innovative water technology and services and develop business partnerships. A Women of Water Workshop will be run to connect Australian and Vietnamese Women of Water to enable knowledge sharing in the delivery of projects that increase access to safe drinking water.

View the program for Vietwater'17

For more information about the Australian delegation to Vietwater'17 contact Paul Smith at or 02 9467 8403 or An Nguyen at

Australia's Best New Energy & Smart Cities Technologies Announced

Two high-tech Australian companies with 'global potential' won their award categories in the Australian Technologies Competition (ATC) after battling it out in front of the judges in Melbourne. The companies pitched and then fielded judges' questions in front of an audience at the All Energy Conference as they competed for the New Energy and Smart Cities Awards.

New Energy Award Winner 2017 – FUTURE GRID

Melbourne-based Future Grid has developed a platform technology that processes billions of data points per day cutting processing time and cost by up to 90%. With an initial focus on the energy industry, the technology allows enterprises to innovate faster and create value in real-time.

Both Winners feature world-leading Australian inventions combined with strong commercial acumen and international expansion strategies that persuaded the judges that they had the greatest 'global potential'. Both also rely on effective analysis of big data to make both energy networks and cities run more efficiently.

For more information see the Australian Technologies Competition website.