Group VRG 77
Industry, Commerce and Technology
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Date Range: 1983 - 1985
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Appointment and Responsibilities

In November 1983 the Minister for Economic Development (VRG 71) became the Minister for Industry, Commerce and Technology. The appointment reflected the government's desire to place greater emphasis on the development of manufacturing and the promotion of high technology industries. The Department of Industry, Commerce and Technology (VA 1393) was established to co-ordinate Government policy and activities and a number of statutory authorities with related responsibilities were grouped in the portfolio, including the Liquor Control Commission (VA 1110), Victorian Tourism Commission (VA 2871), Geelong Regional Commission (VA 426) and Victorian Economic Development Corporation (VA 1109).

The Minister was also briefly responsible for the office of the Agent-General in London and the office of the Commissioner of the Government of Victoria in Japan, inheriting this responsibility from the Premier (VRG 50) in February 1985.

The prime functions associated with this portfolio were:

Economic Development, including decentralisation, development of export orientated industry, development of advanced technology industry, promotion of commerce and small business, encouraging interstate and overseas investment in Victoria, marketing of Victorian primary products, manufactured goods and tertiary services interstate and overseas, and co-ordination of major state projects and large investment projects

Regional Development, including the promotion and development of industrial, commercial and other business undertakings and employment opportunities with particular emphasis on the Albury/Wodonga, Geelong, Portland and Latrobe regions

Tourism, including its promotion, the development of tourist facilities (including the acquisition of property and the provision of financial assistance to individuals, government and non government agencies) and the provision of information and travel services. (NOTE: For a brief account of tourism administration between 1888 and 1987 see VRG 91 Tourism III).

Liquor Licensing, including encouraging the proper development of the liquor, hospitality and related industries and providing adequate controls over the sale, disposal and consumption of liquor through the operations of the liquor licensing system. (NOTE: For a brief history of liquor licensing between 1968 and the present see VRG 82 Industry, Technology and Resources).

In March 1985 the Minister for Industry, Technology and Resources (VRG 82) assumed responsibility for these functions.

Location of Records

Some records are in the custody of the Public Record Office, including departmental records (see VA 1393) and those of the Liquor Licensing Commission (see VA 1110). Some earlier records relating to the function are also in custody. See also List of Holdings 2nd edition 1985, section 3.13.0.


Minister of Industry, Commerce and Technology 1983-1985

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Agencies within this GroupAgencies within this Group
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Date within Group Agency Title Agency Number Agency Hierarchy
1983 - 1985 Small Business Development Corporation (trading from 1993 as Small Business Victoria) VA 1108 Statutory Authority
1983 - 1985 Victorian Economic Development Corporation VA 1109 Statutory Authority
1983 - 1985 Liquor Control Commission VA 1110 Major Statutory Authority
1983 - 1985 Department of Industry, Commerce and Technology VA 1393 Dept. of State
1983 - 1985 Victorian Tourism Commission VA 2871 Major Statutory Authority
1983 - 1985 Geelong Regional Commission VA 426 Statutory Authority
Functions related to this GroupFunctions related to this Group
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Date within Group Function Title Function Number
1983 - 1985 Liquor licensing VF 94
1983 - 1985 Regional development VF 170
1983 - 1985 Tourism VF 189
1985 - 1985 Agent-general and trade commissioners VF 286