Melbourne’s position and capability as a major centre for innovation and manufacturing will be enhanced through closer partnerships with France and UK - the focus of discussions with Australia's Victorian Government.

Melbourne’s capabilities in digital technology, cyber security and defence are the focus of investment discussions between the Victorian Government and business and government organisations in the UK and France.

Discussions will start with stakeholders, decision makers and government representatives from Europe’s defence, tech and infrastructure sectors to explore trade and investment opportunities in the UK. The Victorian government team will then visit the heart of the French defence industry – the Centre-Loire Valley – to discuss research and development activities and opportunities for collaboration with Victoria.

A major drawcard for potential investors and partners is Melbourne’s Fishermans Bend which is being developed as a 32 hectare research and manufacturing precinct just five kilometres from Melbourne’s city centre.

Fishermans Bend is the centrepiece of Victoria’s joint bid with BAE Systems to manufacture the next generation of the Australian Defence Force’s Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles. If successful in the bid, BAE Systems will develop a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility within the precinct.

The trade mission will also meet with Octopus Investments - a UK venture capital and private equity firm specialising in early-stage growth and buyouts in the renewable energy sector. Recognising the opportunities for investment in Australia, Octopus has recently opened an office in Melbourne.

Globally Connected: Victoria’s Trade Statement, is the Victorian Government’s blueprint for the future of trade and investment and highlights the commitment being made to encourage and support international investment in the state.