Disruptive technologies, global trends and structural changes are combining to create new economic opportunities and challenges for Victoria. To help respond, the Premier's Jobs and Investment Panel have released a discussion paper to identify practical ideas to grow the economy.

We invite you to read the discussion paper and share your innovative ideas on how government, industry and community can work together to boost the state's productivity and improve living standards for all Victorians.

Focus areas

We have identified five initial focus areas and 21 reform directions with significant potential to boost economic performance and productivity.

Reform directions:

1.1 Targeted support schemes for relatively poorly performing groups (recently-arrived migrants, single parents and disengaged youth) including promoting flexible work arrangements, utilising government social procurement approaches to create employment opportunities, and leadership/mentoring programs

1.2 Improved coordination between various government services at all levels of government to promote employment outcomes for relatively poorly performing groups, including employment and related services, training, youth services, justice, family and carer support and migrant services

1.3 Improvement to the training and education system to deliver foundational skills and qualifications for current and future jobs, including increasing the focus on building critical reasoning skills, interpersonal skills, and workplace literacy/numeracy/digital skills.

Reform directions:

2.1 Improvements to the structure of regulators and continuous improvement of regulator practices and business interactions

2.2 Facilitation of business innovation, including through promotion of adaptability and new thinking by regulators and policymakers

2.3 Facilitation of new business models, including through regulatory pathways and concierge systems that support/enable innovation

2.4 Streamlined local government regulatory services through increased decision-making consistency, strengthened regulatory capability and improved provision of information and guidance

2.5 Better business experience with government procurement and improved efficiency of procurement practices and processes

Reform directions:

3.1 Better utilisation of existing telecommunications and other public infrastructure and assets, particularly in provision of high speed (4G & 5G) mobile broadband and reinvigorating Victoria’s open government data efforts

3.2 Facilitation of collaboration between business and higher education providers to create more ‘work ready’ digital graduates

3.3 Increased flexibility of the regulatory environment to facilitate investment and ease introduction, trialling and early adoption of new technologies

3.4 Partnership with industry to proactively target, manage and assist disrupted industries and businesses, including encouraging digital literacy and supporting affected workers

Reform directions:

4.1 Deepened links to international capital markets, and attraction of talented individuals and new firms, including by capitalising on Melbourne’s reputation and advantages

4.2 Facilitation of industry-led research and collaboration with universities and other groups aimed at the creation of new products, market intelligence and skills

4.3 Development of new financial products by removing regulatory/policy barriers and facilitating a growing FinTech sector

4.4 Improvement to financial skills and access to advice for borrowers including SMEs and financially-excluded people

Reform directions:

5.1 Encourage upskilling of the current workforce and development of a larger pipeline of new apprentices for the sector, with an emphasis on skilled tradespeople for future projects

5.2 Redesign of government procurement processes and methods with an emphasis on reducing the cost to business and encouraging the use of innovative products and processes

5.3 Adoption of Building Information Management and other digital technologies and support to the workforce to adjust to digital disruption

Share your ideas

You can participate by:

  • Posting an idea on the discussion board or
  • Making a submission via the file upload or online form.

We will publish all submissions and reform ideas as we receive them to promote discussion (if you do not wish to have your submission made public please select the appropriate privacy option).

Your ideas will be reviewed by the panel and presented to the Premier as part of a package of reform ideas.

Have your say

Join the conversation and tell us what you think.

Moderation Policy
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1 August, 2017

BobW says:

“Dramatically improve inter-agency secure sharing of sensitive information while maintaining control by the source agency, and without needing to replace existing identity and access systems. A co-operative facility based on the use of Victorian-owned software would stimulate local industry, jobs and skills creation and retention, exports, and import replacement.”

30 July, 2017

RegionalVictorians says:

“Rural Victoria is lucky to still have wetlands (lakes/waterways, man made or otherwise) when globally, these are disappearing faster than any other ecosystem. Home to unique and endangered species of birds, we should be promoting these assets for nature tourism/ "avitourism" - a fast growing, lucrative trend. ”

24 July, 2017

Marko says:

“Social engineering that poses existential questions, advertised via billboards, e.g. What is my life about? Who is important to me in my life? Have I told my family that I love them? etc. The idea is to instigate critical thinking and reflection about our lives, so we can change :) ”

24 July, 2017

Marko says:

“ Could we consider an education system from preschool onwards that focuses on philosophical critical reasoning skills, interpersonal skills, and workplace literacy/numeracy/digital skills. The implementation of effective personal, non violent communication and gender equality at preschool and primary schooling would serve as a foundation for a more equitable and caring society. ”

21 July, 2017

Andrew says:

“The Government should develop a competency recognition framework for building and planning practitioners. This framework should outline the competencies which are required to perform various roles across the sector. Where a person with recognised competency is involved in the planning or building process there should be a streamlined pathway.”

18 July, 2017

SML says:

“Re: 4.2 Facilitation of industry-led research and collaboration with universities and other groups aimed at the creation of new products, market intelligence and skills: Direct interaction with SMEs as well as cross-collaborative projects with Universities is dramatically improved with state commercialisation subsidies such as STIUP. Please bring them back.”

17 July, 2017

HC says:

“Regarding the focus area 'Workforce' Improvement to the training and education system. This will be great, however, the design of public service jobs and VPS hierarchy almost discourages the use of critical reasoning. We must attend to job design and workplace design and culture to really impact on productivity. ”

14 July, 2017

Rhys Thompson says:

“We have good jobs available but cant find workers! We actively work with and assist with all areas of people in you "1. Worforce" section. Tax and OVER regulation are KILLING us. ”

5 July, 2017

Cam says:

“Construction businesses seeking apprentices are faced with lack of a coordinated recruitment system to find good staff. Coordination of stakeholders will help with better outcomes.”

4 July, 2017

jo says:

“Business funding research has been shown to influence outcomes, no matter how independent they try to stay. Set up an independent body as a conduit for impartiality and ongoing rep”

23 June, 2017

Ironbark says:

“Take a look at the essential eight technologies of Drones etc and how they can be applied across sectors to build new value chains, industries and businesses”

Example idea

The Panel will synthesise submissions into a series of one-page reform ideas, with supporting analysis on anticipated impacts, which will form the basis of the Panel’s final report to government. An illustrative example of a one-page reform idea, with indicative level of detail and type of information that the Panel will present to government, is below:

Make a submission

We will publish all submissions and reform ideas as we receive them to promote discussion (if you do not wish to have your submission made public please select the appropriate privacy option).

Which focus area/s does your reform idea relate to? Required

Option A - Upload a formal submission

Guidance for writing a formal submission is available via the link below and can also be found in the Document Library. Adhering to this guidance will greatly assist the Panel in considering all formal submissions.

Option B - Complete this online form

E.g. The Victorian Government should take the planning system online by creating a single platform for use by the community, industry and state and local planners that lets them quickly and easily search and publish policies,  comment electronically on submissions, as well as amend, check and approve schemes...

E.g. The Victorian planning system is too complex, with duplication, inconsistencies and redundancies. It is difficult to use and understand, and not very effective at implementing policy changes...

E.g. A central online system for planning ordinances, with templates, would improve search and publishing capabilities. The community and industry would be able to comment electronically on exhibited amendments and planners would also be able to electronically amend, check, approve and publish planning schemes. State and council resources would also be freed up to be used more appropriately and efficiently...

E.g. The Scottish Government launched its online planning system in 2009, providing a single shared service between the Government and 33 local planning authorities. The e-planning portal provides an easy-to-use way to complete and submit planning applications, notices of review and appeals. The site also guides users through the process and allows users to attach relevant documents and pay the application fee electronically...

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