Incentives and programs

These programs may be available to you when you are entering the Melbourne market or once your have established your operations in Melbourne.  The following are offered by the State Government of Victoria, the Commonwealth Government of Australia and AusIndustry.

Victorian Government programs

Future Industries Fund

The Victorian Government has established the A$200 million Future Industries Fund to support six high-growth sectors that have potential for extraordinary economic growth - to create jobs and attract investment in Victoria. 

We're currently consulting with the business community, unions, experts and other levels of government to identify the initiatives that will best support the further growth of each sector. 

The fund will offer grants of up to A$1 million for projects that align with sector action plans. Recipients will be expected to contribute at least A$1 for every A$1 in grant funding awarded. The fund will also offer general grants of up to $500,000 to companies engaged in manufacturing - recipients do not need to be part of the six high-growth sectors but will be expected to contribute at least A$3 for every A$1 in grant funding awarded.

Further information about specific programs within the fund will be released shortly, however the overarching focus is on projects that create the most jobs and projects unlikely to succeed without government support.

Contact us for advice and further information.

LaunchVic for startups

LaunchVic, a new body that will accelerate startups, drive new ideas and create jobs in Victoria has been launched by the State Government of Victoria in conjunction with Victoria's startup community and the successful Melbourne-grown firm 99designs.

The A$60 million fund will be provided over four years from the Premier of Victoria's Jobs and Investment Fund.

LaunchVic works in partnership with entrepreneurs, industry, business, the community and our educational institutions to strengthen Victoria's entrepreneurial and startup ecosystem. Its focus is to invest in the infrastructure of Victoria's startup ecosystem to increase scale and improve capability.

Commonwealth Government of Australia programs

  • AusIndustry Programs
  • R&D Tax incentive
  • Business Innovation and Investment Program
  • Business Talent Visa
  • Business and Innovation Visas

For more information and assistance, simply contact your local Victorian Government Business Office representative as displayed on this page.