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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Boost your Business

Applications are now open for Boost Your Business Vouchers to support Victorian businesses. Vouchers offer up to $50,000 in each stream to build capabilities in Market Engagement, Innovation and Business Capability.

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources offers Boost Your Business Vouchers to assist inventive Victorian businesses to be more productive, employ more people, improve international market access and increase their scale, diversity and profitability.

Vouchers are available under the following streams:

  •  Advanced Victorian Manufacturing
  • Asia Gateway
  • Food Innovation
  • Social Enterprise Capability

Applications close 2 March 2018.

View more information and program guidelines.

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