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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