Maintaining Victoria's competitive edge

Victoria is Australia’s centre of sport and culture and our events calendar is the envy of the nation.

Competition from elsewhere means we can’t afford to stand still. That’s why the Victorian Government is undertaking long-term planning to expand and renew our arts and sporting precincts. This investment will protect Victoria’s visitor economy. As well as enhancing our reputation as one of the most liveable places in the world.

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In 2016, there were around 5.6 million visitors to Victoria, both domestic and international.


Projects and reforms

The Victorian Infrastructure Plan includes 4 projects and reforms under this Culture, sport and community priority. These are detailed in the Culture, sport and community sector plan and full edition VIP, available for download together with:

  • Government response - outlines our position and addresses 137 recommendations made by Infrastructure Victoria in its 30-year Infrastructure Strategy
  • Technical report - indicates where projects and reforms meet the plan’s four objectives

Case study

Melbourne Recital Centre

Opened in 2009, the Melbourne Recital Centre achieved a new benchmark in music presentation spaces. It houses a sophisticated 1,000 seat auditorium and unique 150-seat performance and event space.

This venue complements the impressive suite of facilities in Melbourne Arts Precinct. It has affirmed the reputation earned by Melbourne's Southbank as Australia’s leading cultural destination.

The investment in this specialised facility has yielded an impressive track record of performances. International, Australian and Victorian musicians now welcome almost 190,000 people to over 500 concerts a year.

Melbourne Recital Centre provides a high-quality, appropriately scaled venue for national companies like:

  • Australian Chamber Orchestra
  • Australian String Quartet
  • Musica Viva Australia

The centre also enables Melbourne ensembles and solo musicians to expand their programs. Melbourne Recital Centre nurtures Victorian talent and is an active presenter of the state’s artists.


The Victorian Infrastructure Plan identifies 3 other priorities within the Culture, sport and community sector. They are:

Planning for a growing population

Growing participation

Maintaining our current facilities