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Following the election of the Bracks Government in October 1999, the Department of State and Regional Development was established by renaming the Department of State Development (VA 3973) under the Public Sector Management and Employment Act 1998. This was published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. S 159 on 29 October 1999.
The Department of State and Regional Development was assigned most Acts formerly the responsibility of the Department of State Development (VA 3973) under Administrative Arrangements Order No. 160 (Victorian Government Gazette No. S 159, 29 October 1999). The Department reported to a number of Ministers: Minister for State and Regional Development; Minister for Manufacturing Industry; Minister for Racing; Minister for Sport and Recreation; Minister for Major Projects and Tourism; Minister for Small Business; and Minister for Industrial Relations.
The Department was responsible for building a development climate that attracted investors and allowed Victorian businesses to develop and grow. It was divided into the following Divisions:
Responsible for the facilitation of investment in Victorian businesses and provided business development support for Victorian firms.
Regional Development Victoria
Responsible for the development of regional and rural Victoria, particularly economic and infrastructure development.
Responsible for fostering the growth of an efficient and viable small business sector and to encourage economic and employment growth within this sector.
Responsible for the promotion of information and communications technology across Victoria.
Industrial Relations Victoria
Responsible for the creation of an industrial relations environment in Victoria for both the private and public sector and the development of policies to ensure a fair comprehensive workplace relations system.
Science, Technology and Innovation
Co-ordinated the whole-of-Government Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) initiative; and promoted awareness of STI issues.
Sport, Recreation and Racing
Responsible for maximising the impact of the sport and recreation industry on the Victorian economy and on the wellbeing of the people of Victoria.
Office of Major Projects
Managed the Government's interests in major construction and property development projects.
Responsible for the marketing of Victoria as a tourism destination for Australian and overseas visitors; liaised with the tourism industry; developed the tourism industry in Victoria.
The Department of State and Regional Development was abolished on 5 March 2002 when it was renamed the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development (VA 4564) under the Public Sector Management and Employment Act 1998. Most functions were transferred to this new Department. Other functions were transferred to the Department of Tourism, Sport and the Commonwealth Games (VA 4560). These changes were published in the Victorian Government Gazette No. S 41 on 5 March 2002.