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Victorian Alcoa Supply Chain Initiative

$10,000 in professional support to businesses in the Alcoa supply chain.

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Future Designers Program

Up to $15,000 to increase collaboration between future designers, educators and industry on real business challenges using design-led thinking.

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Building Global Bridges

This grant program is an international life sciences partnership run jointly by the Department of State Development, Business and Innovation (DSDBI) and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC).

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Design to Business Insight Program

Get $8,000 worth of support to use design to achieve competitiveness and growth.

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Employment Start Up for Business

Up to $4,000 to employ unemployed 15-25 year olds and put them through an accredited training program.

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Design to Business Integration

Embedding transformative design culture and capability in your business to to achieve sustained competitiveness and growth

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Manufacturing Productivity Networks

Assisting networks to undertake activities and projects that will improve the productivity and competitiveness of Victorian manufacturing businesses.

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Streetlife

Grants of up to $20,000 for municipal councils, existing business/traders associations and proposed business/trader associations.

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2014 Premier’s Award for Health & Medical Research

The Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research recognises the achievements and contribution of Victoria's early career health and medical researchers.

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20 years of success Premier's Award for Health & Medical Research

Recognising 20 years of the Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research. See the achievements and contribution of Victoria's early career health and medical researchers.

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The Victoria-Israel Science Innovation and Technology Scheme (VISITS)

The Victoria-Israel Science Innovation and Technology Scheme (VISITS) is an initiative providing Victorian and Israeli organisations with the opportunity to work collaboratively on projects of mutual benefit.

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Victoria-Israel Science and Technology Research and Development Fund (VISTECH)

Implement market-oriented collaborative research and development projects.

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Victoria-Israel Feasibility and Proof of Concept (VISFPC)

Up to $50,000 to collaborate with Israeli organisations to help accelerate innovation.

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Business in Transition Support

Get real help through redundancy and retrenchment.

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Small Business SuccessMap

Supports business owners and managers to build their business planning and management capabilities through review, coaching and business planning.

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Export Design Program

Apply for subsidised export market research or trade show attendance to confidently connect with global markets.

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Inspiring Women Program

The Victorian Government, through its Lead Scientist Leonie Walsh, is partnering with veski to deliver a program supporting women to pursue science careers in Victoria. The program will include fellowships to assist women to return to research following a career break and industry internships for honours and masters level students.

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Regional Aviation Fund

Assist with the upgrade of regional public use airport infrastructure across Victoria.

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Victoria-Israel Trade and International Partnering (VISTRIP)

Get reimbursement of up to $3,000 to attend trade missions, conferences, meetings or other events in Israel, if the activities are relevant to technological innovation.

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Small Business Mentoring Program

Find a free, experienced mentor to help your business succeed.

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Innovation and Technology Vouchers

The Innovation Technology Voucher Program is an initiative of the Victorian Government that aims to improve the innovation capability and capacity of business.

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Technology Development Voucher

This Technology Development Voucher can be used to undertake technology development and/or absorption activities.

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Grow Your Business

Funded assistance to get strategic planning help.

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Business Development Plan and Business Strategic Review

The Business Development Plan provides businesses with an opportunity to undertake a comprehensive strategic plan for future growth. The Business Strategic Review helps individual businesses to gain insights into their operations in order to make better strategic decisions.

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Business Development Plan- Mentoring

The Business Development Plan - Mentoring program assists businesses with the implementation of a strategic business plan.

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Group Programs

Group Programs develop the management skills and competencies required to support the long term growth of businesses.

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Network Programs

Network Programs encourage small to medium sized enterprises to cooperate in strategic areas of business.

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Victorian Government Technology Innovation Fund

VGTIF provides project-based grant funding for innovative ICT projects that improve Victorian government service delivery. Grant funding is typically in the range of $50,000 to $350,000.

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The Technology Trade and International Partnering (TRIP) - Biotechnology and Small Technology program

Covers expenses to attend overseas conferences, trade events and meetings, ranging from $2,500 to $10,000. In some cases only 50% of eligible expenses can be claimed.

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Victorian Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

The 2014 Victoria Postdoctoral Fellowships are now open.

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Country Events Program

Grants up to $10,000 for regional event delivery and marketing

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Premier's Award for Health & Medical Research

Get recognition for your achievements as an early career health and medical researcher.

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Small Business Bus

Free 45 minute business mentoring session in a location near you with experts from the Victorian Government Small Business Bus.

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The Technology Trade and International Partnering (TRIP) – ICT Program

Victorian ICT companies can apply for grant assistance to attend a trade show or event that is relevant to their business.

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Victoria Fellowships

The Victoria Fellowship highlights the many ways in which research and development of international significance are conducted in Victoria.

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Investing in Manufacturing Technology

Grants of up to $250,000 are available on a competitive basis, to assist manufacturers with the purchase and integration of new technologies.

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Practical Drug Development Program (PDDP)

The Practical Drug Development Program (PDDP) is 12 month industry-based training program for drug development project managers.

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Medical Research Commercialisation Fund

Find a free, experienced mentor to help your business succeed.

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Foodex Japan March 2015

The Victorian Government is seeking expressions of interest from the Victorian food and beverage organisations interested in participating in a Trade Mission to Foodex Japan, from 2 to 6 March 2015.

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Access Program

Assistance for Victorian businesses planning to establish new export markets in key countries and regions.

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Smart SMEs Innovation Commercialisation Program

The Smart SMEs Innovation Commercialisation Program (ICP) assists Victorian technology businesses to progress along the commercialisation pathway towards establishing global markets.

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Governor of Victoria Export Awards 2014

The Governor of Victoria Export Awards is one of the most prestigious business awards in Victoria. Rewarding Victoria’s most successful and innovative exporters with the stamp of international success, a GOVEA provides Victorian businesses with recognition in the local and international marketplace.

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Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame

A celebration of manufacturing excellence in Victoria.

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Honour Roll

Learn about the individuals and organisations that have made outstanding contributions to manufacturing in Victoria.

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Hall of Fame Inductees

Find out which businesses have contributed to manufacturing excellence in Victoria.

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Enabling Technology Entrepreneur of the Year

The Enabling Technology Entrepreneur of the Year award recognises entrepreneurs who had embraced enabling technologies.

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Manufacturer of the Year

Find out which businesses have contributed to manufacturing excellence in Victoria.

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Technology in Manufacturing Award

This Award recognises companies which have embraced innovative processes and practices within their organisations.

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Young Manufacturer of the Year

Recognises an individual 35 years of age or younger in a technical or innovative manufacturing role.

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Automotive Transformation Scheme

As part of the Commonwealth's New Car Plan for a Greener Future. Assistance is available for; motor vehicle producers, automotive component producers, automotive machine tool and automotive tooling producers, and automotive service providers.

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Victoria Prize for Science & Innovation

The Prize recognises the outstanding work of established Victorian scientists and the impact of their research.

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2014 Victoria Prize for Science & Innovation

The Prize recognises the outstanding work of established Victorian scientists and the impact of their research.

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Certain Inputs to Manufacturing (CIM)

The Certain Inputs to Manufacture (CIM) Program aims to improve the competitiveness of Australian industry by providing import duty concessions on certain imported raw materials and intermediate goods such as chemical, plastics or paper goods. In addition, CIM covers metal materials and goods which are used for the packaging of food.

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Clothing and Household Textile Buidling Innovation Capability Scheme

The BIC scheme is aimed at fostering the development of a sustainable and internationally-competitive manufacturing industry and design industry for clothing and household textiles in Australia by providing incentives that will promote innovation to entities that demonstrate a commitment to Australian-based manufacturing.

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Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program

The CRC Programme supports industry-led collaborations between researchers, industry and the community. The CRC Programme was established in 1990 and since then CRCs have developed important new technologies, products and services that help solve major economic, environmental and social challenges facing Australia.

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Export Market Development Grants (EMDG)

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.

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Early Stage Venture Capital Limited Partnership (ESVCLP)

The program is aimed at stimulating Australia's venture capital sector. It makes available to fund managers that pool investor’s capital a world class structure for venture capital funds.

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Food & fibre Marketing Cooperative

Managed in partnership with Rural Finance, the Victorian Government's Food & Fibre Marketing Cooperatives Grants program provides funding to promote the establishment of new marketing cooperatives in the food and fibre industries.

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Geelong Advancement Fund

The Geelong Advancement Fund (GAF) has been established drive jobs growth, increase skills and innovation and deliver economic and community infrastructure in Geelong. Funding is available to support collaborative ventures with public and private sector, education and community organisations that will improve economic and liveability outcomes in Geelong.

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Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF)

The Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund (GRIIF) is a $29.5 million competitive, merit-based grants program. Under the GRIIF, eligible projects will focus on encouraging new investment to create new or additional business capacity that results in sustainable jobs.

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Hamer Scholarships Program

As part of the Victorian International Engagement Strategy the Victorian Government has established the Hamer Scholarships, a language and cultural immersion program designed to build the Asia-engagement capabilities of Victorians and help strengthen cultural awareness between Victoria and Asia.

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Melbourne's North Innovation and Investment Fund (MNIF)

The Melbourne's North Innovation and Investment Fund (MNIIF) is a $24.5 million competitive, merit-based grants program. Under the MNIIF, eligible projects will focus on encouraging new investment to create new or additional business capacity that results in sustainable jobs.

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New enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS)

The New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) provides job seekers with accredited small business training, business mentoring, and income support to help them turn a business idea into a viable business and help them to become a self-employed business owner.

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Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Program

The Next Generation Manufacturing Investment Programme is a $60 million competitive grants programme. The programme supports businesses that are investing in capital projects to establish or expand high value manufacturing operations in South Australia and Victoria.

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Location & PDV Offsets

The Australian Screen Production Incentive (the incentive) is the Australian Government’s incentive for film, television and other screen production in Australia. The PDV Offset, a 30 per cent rebate on the qualifying PDV expenditure of large budget productions, including those not necessarily shot in Australia.

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Product Investment Attraction Fund (PIAF)

The Production Incentive Attraction Fund (PIAF) aims to attract 'footloose' film and television projects to Victoria through the provision of a grant. Projects are considered 'footloose' where they have genuine production and/or post production destination alternatives.

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Regional Location Assistance Fund (RLAF)

Our Regional Location Assistance Fund (RLAF) offers grants to encourage Victorian, interstate and international film and television productions to locate specific types of production activity in regional Victoria.

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R&D Tax Incentive

The Research & Development (R&D) Tax Incentive is a targeted, generous and easy to access entitlement program that helps businesses offset some of the costs of doing R&D. The program aims to help more businesses do R&D and innovate. It is a broad-based entitlement program. This means that it is open to firms of all sizes in all sectors who are conducting eligible R&D.

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Regional Growth Fund

The RGF seeks to strengthen the capacity of regional and rural Victoria to develop within the environment of growth and change. It aims to ensure a competitive environment in which regional businesses can operate successfully, and to strengthen the resilience of regional industry in the face of social and environmental change.

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Skilled and Business Migration Program

The Victorian Skilled and Business Migration Program aims to attract high calibre, experienced overseas skilled professionals, tradespeople, business owners and investors to meet ongoing workforce needs that cannot be met locally, and to attract investment and jobs to Victoria.

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Screen Development - Documentary

Through Documentary Development we suport Victorian producers and writers to further develop their documentary series, single episode television or feature documentary projects to become production ready.

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Development on Demand for fiction - feature

Through Fiction Development On Demand we support experienced Victorian writers and producers to develop narrative feature film projects through early and advanced stages, including pre-preproduction activities. The On Demand program allows practitioners to apply for support at any time.

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Assigned Production Investment - Games

Assists Victorian games companies to create a diverse range of games for any distribution platform with an emphasis on the creation of intellectual property (IP) and long term benefits for their business.

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Film Victoria Brokered International Fellowships

This program supports early and mid-career Victorian film, television and games practitioners to undertake a fellowship brokered by us on an international production or with an internatioanl screen industry company. Fellowships provide opportunities for skills development and sustained and improved employment outcomes for Victorian screen.

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Games release

Games release supports the newer and smaller Victorian games syudios to engage experienced consultants to assist them to deliver a well-planned and marketed release of their project.

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Screen Engagement - Audience Access

The Audience Access program provides support to organisations that promote, discuss and show screen content to engage Victorian audiences, promoting Australian screen content and enhancing Victoria's reputation as a vibrant hub of creative and cultural activity.

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Screen Engagement - Regional Audience Access

Our Regional Audience Access program provides support to Victorian organisations that promote, discuss and show screen content to engage regional Victorian audiences, promoting Australian screen content and enhancing Victoria’s reputation as a vibrant hub of creative and cultural activity.

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Textile, Clothing and Footwear (TCF) Strategic Capability Program (SCP)

The TCF SCP is a five year, $35 million, competitive grant program. It supports large projects that will build innovative capability at the enterprise and workplace level.

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Venture Capital Limited Partnerships (VCLP)

Fund managers seeking to raise a new venture capital fund of at least $10 million for investing in Australian businesses with assets of up to $250 million may be eligible for VCLP registration. Registration entitles a fund to flow-through tax treatment. Further, eligible foreign limited partners receive a capital gains tax exemption for gains made on eligible investments.

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Water Rebate program for Small Business

The Living Victoria Water Rebate Program provides Victorian small businesses with an opportunity to reduce operating costs and water consumption by purchasing and installing water efficient products. The Victorian Government has committed $40 million to the program and as of 1 July 2012 the program is now available to small businesses with up to 50 employees.

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Inspiring Women Program

The new inspiring women industry internships — supported by veski and the Office of the Lead Scientist — aim to support, advance and inform Victorian women through partnerships with government, industry and academia.

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Restart Program

The Restart programme means employers can receive up to $10,000 (GST inclusive) if they hire and retain a full time job seeker aged 50 or older, who has been unemployed and on income support for six months or more.

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Premiers Design Awards

The Prize recognises the outstanding work of established Victorian scientists and the impact of their research.

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Govea Awards Previous Winners 2013

The Governor of Victoria Export Awards is one of the most prestigious business awards in Victoria. Rewarding Victoria’s most successful and innovative exporters with the stamp of international success, a GOVEA provides Victorian businesses with recognition in the local and international marketplace.

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Trade events program

Trade Event Program benefits businesses by developing deeper, more strategic and sustained business relationships with emerging trading partners.

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Govea Awards Previous Winners 2012

The Governor of Victoria Export Awards is one of the most prestigious business awards in Victoria. Rewarding Victoria’s most successful and innovative exporters with the stamp of international success, a GOVEA provides Victorian businesses with recognition in the local and international marketplace.

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Govea Awards Previous Winners 2011

The Governor of Victoria Export Awards is one of the most prestigious business awards in Victoria. Rewarding Victoria’s most successful and innovative exporters with the stamp of international success, a GOVEA provides Victorian businesses with recognition in the local and international marketplace.

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Govea Awards Previous Winners 2010

The Governor of Victoria Export Awards is one of the most prestigious business awards in Victoria. Rewarding Victoria’s most successful and innovative exporters with the stamp of international success, a GOVEA provides Victorian businesses with recognition in the local and international marketplace.

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Govea Awards Previous Winners 2009

The Governor of Victoria Export Awards is one of the most prestigious business awards in Victoria. Rewarding Victoria’s most successful and innovative exporters with the stamp of international success, a GOVEA provides Victorian businesses with recognition in the local and international marketplace.

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Trade Mission to the Middle East and Turkey 2015

The Victorian Government is seeking expressions of interest from the Victorian companies wishing to participate in the proposed Trade Mission to the Middle East and Turkey from 8 to 12 February 2015.

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2014 Award Winners

The Victoria Fellowship highlights the many ways in which research and development of international significance are conducted in Victoria.

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Assigned Production Investment

Through Assigned Production Investment - Film and Television we support the production of high quality, diverse and engaging film, television and online content for Australian and International audiences, which will generate production activity and employment in Victoria.

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Self Brokered International Fellowships

This program supports early and mid-career Victorian film, television and games practitioners to broker a fellowship on a screen production or with a company. Fellowships provide opportunities for skills development and sustained and improved employment outcomes for Victoria screen practitioners.

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International Travel - business

International Travel - Business supports Victorian producers and games developers to attend international markets or undertake targeted international business travel. Business travel encourages partnerships, co-production and networking opportunities, providing Victorian practitioners with an opportunity to source and share market intelligence and promoting Victorian talent to new and existing markets and audiences.

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International Travel - festivals

Supports screen practitioners to attend approved international festivals. Festival attendance facilitates introductions and partnerships, providing Victorian practitioners with an opportunity to source and share market intelligence, promoting Victorian talent to new and existing markets and audiences.

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Feature Film Development

Through Feature Film Development we support Victorian writers and producers to develop high quality, marketable, narrative feature films for Australian or international audiences.

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Development on Demand for fiction - television

Support for experienced Victorian writers and producers with market interest to develop television drama and narrative comedy projects.

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Small Business Victoria Hub

Programs and services specifically designed to help your small business succeed.

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Design Hub

Get grants for exporting, integration of design into your business, building knowledge of how to adopt design thinking and improve collaboration.

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Driving Business Innovation

Encouraging the development of new products and services for government customers.

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Broadband Enabled Innovation Program

The Broadband Enabled Innovation Program (BEIP) was a competitive grants program that provided funding to community, business and government organisations to develop and pilot innovative technologies that rely on high capacity broadband. Over two funding rounds, BEIP supported more than 20 projects across the health, aged care, emergency services, education,environment, and arts sectors.

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Trade Mission to Food and Hotel Indonesia 2015

The Victorian Government is seeking expressions of interest from Victorian food and beverage companies wishing to participate in the proposed Trade Mission to Food and Hotel Indonesia April 2015.

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