The innovative Victorian Land Use and Transport Integration (VLUTI) model shows how land use and transport infrastructure can directly influence each other, and how infrastructure investment could change the distribution of population and employment across the state of Victoria. The VLUTI model, was used to inform the development of the state of Victoria’s Draft 30-Year Infrastructure Strategy .
The West of Melbourne Economic Development Alliance (WoMEDA) was established by Victoria University to bring together local Councils and businesses to develop an economic strategy for the region. WoMEDA meets regularly to discuss economic analysis provided by Victoria University and opportunities for economic advancement. WoMEDA released Investing in a New Hospital for Melton, which outlines the importance of a hospital to the region.
In 2020, the Centre of Policy Studies' (CoPS) work with policy agencies, including capability development through training in CGE modelling using GEMPACK software developed for the purpose, saw the team engage with 160 public, education, finance and international organisations across 35 countries, including the IMF and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. CoPS research directly contributed to policy and public funding development for Australia, the USA, China and Mongolia.
The School for the Visitor Economy with funding from the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, undertook Project Jigsaw to develop an integrated data platform to inform tourism investment and planning. After a successful proof of concept phase, a further $1m in funding was obtained to develop and implement the platform VisScope. Its development involved extensive engagement with the Victorian Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions.
Dr Joanne Pyke from the School of the Visitor Economy participated on the Victoria Tourism Industry Council Visitor Economy Recovery Taskforce to support the tourism, hospitality and events industries through the pandemic and build sustainable industry foundations post-pandemic.