Election Campaign Commitments

As we approach the Victorian State Election on Saturday 24 November, both the Andrews Labor Government and the Matthew Guy led State Coalition continue to make commitments vital to Victoria’s visitor economy. 


The Tourism and Major Events Minister is the Hon. John Eren.

Tourism commitments made include:

  • $51.1 million total funding for Visit Victoria including $21 million for two years for Business Events through the Melbourne Convention Bureau
  • $400,000 a year for two years  for Business Events Victoria
  • $4.5 million increase to the Major Events Fund
  • $2 million in a contestable fund for Regional Tourism Boards and Councils for attractive new visitors and events
  • $231 million for Victorian Major Stadia Funding including the Etihad Stadium Redevelopment
  • $153 million total investment into the Geelong City Deal which includes the Geelong Convention Centre and infrastructure under the Shipwreck Coast Masterplan
  • $32 million for Puffing Billy Tourist Railway Upgrades
  • $2 million for the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing
  • Inclusion of the Certificate III in Hospitality on the Free TAFE Course List

Other Commitments and Announcements:

  • Stages 2 and 3 Development of Gumbuya World creating up to 485 jobs once completed
  • Virgin Australia Supercar Championship to return to Melbourne and Regional Victoria in 2019



The Opposition’s Minister for Tourism and Major Events is the Hon. Heidi Victoria.

Tourism Commitments made by the Opposition if elected to Government in 2018 include:

  • A $2 million City of Culture program to showcase cultural highlights from across regional and suburban Victoria to boost local tourism
  • A feasibility study for the Great Southern Ocean Bike Trail, which will link Adelaide and Melbourne and features a series of tourism-focused loops
  • Completion of the Yarra Valley Railway by upgrading the link from Tarrawarra Estate and Tarrawarra Museum of Art to Healesville Railway Station
  • Focus on growing Victoria’s tourism industry and work with Indigenous groups to facilitate the respectful growth of Indigenous Tourism through funding towards a Grants Program
  • Engage, develop and promote an accessible tourism campaign including an action plan for Victoria
  • Develop a dedicated nature-based tourism strategy
  • Commitment to cut Payroll Tax rate in regional Victoria from 2.425% to 1%

A key recommendation of the Opposition’s Victorian Population Policy Taskforce is improving transport connections to regional Victoria to ‘boost tourism growth, as regional tourism attractions become closer in time for Melbourne and international visitors.’