Melbourne, our state capital, attracts visitors and new residents from across the globe to experience its beautiful parks and gardens, clean air, open spaces, diverse communities and vibrant sporting and cultural activities.

Whether it’s visiting street art and restaurants in Melbourne’s central business district or sampling the produce and cultural events across our diverse regions and towns, Victoria remains a drawcard for interstate and international visitors.

Our state’s record on liveability is no accident. Melbourne was not always such a vibrant and liveable city. The Yarra River was once polluted with effluent from factories running straight into the river, and the central business district shut up shop after work hours.

It has been a deliberate strategy by the Victorian Government, the City of Melbourne, local governments and multiple partner agencies to transform our cities and regional communities and improve our natural and built assets.

Liveability Victoria International (LVI) has been promoting Victoria’s capabilities in helping create liveable cities since July 2016. A branch in the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, it tells the story of what government, universities, business and communities have done to make our state the liveable place it is today.

LVI works with Global Victoria and the 22 Victorian Government Trade and Investment offices overseas to promote our capabilities in water management, cleantech, environmental services, planning and urban design.

Our expertise focuses on developing solutions that fit the differing cultural needs of people where they live and draws on expertise across disciplines.

We’re also learning from great things happening in other cities across the world. International delegates come to Melbourne to learn about what we do but also to share their own approach to creating liveable cities for their communities.

This report shares the stories of what LVI has achieved over the last three years, including hosting 65 international delegations and delivering on LVI commitments in Victoria’s China Strategy and Victoria’s India Strategy, as well as Victoria’s Southeast Asia Trade and Investment Strategy and Victoria’s Latin America Trade and Investment Strategy, which both identify liveability as a growth sector for export development.

Research commissioned by LVI found Victoria currently represents 23.2% of Australia’s overall output when it comes to the liveability sector, a sector that generates $24.3 billion of output in Victoria. It’s an important reminder of the value a liveability focus brings not just to our quality of life but to our prosperity overall.

THE HON. LISA NEVILLE MP Minister for Water

Page last updated: 04/05/20