Many people living in Victoria’s border communities have economic and social networks that extend into New South Wales and South Australia. But legislative, regulatory and practice differences between states can discourage people from taking up work and study opportunities across the border. These differences can also prevent, or raise issues for, firms doing business.
Recognising this reality, in 2018, the Victorian Government appointed Victoria’s first Cross Border Commissioner, Mr Luke Wilson.
The Cross Border Commissioner meets with people along our state’s borders, from Mildura to Corryong, Portland to Malacoota, to understand the issues faced by those living and working in cross border communities. Luke works with communities to resolve those issues that impact on businesses, organisations and citizens who live, work and operate across state borders. Making it easier for firms to do business in other states has potential economic benefits, while addressing practice and regulatory barriers to people accessing education, justice, health and human services has the potential to improve health and social outcomes in border communities.