The City of Greater Geelong recognises the importance of increasing its global visibility for economic gain.

As part of our international focus, the economic development team have developed key strategies for increasing our presence overseas and attracting new investment.

These include:

  • the development of an international plan (to be released)
  • the successful designation in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network - Geelong City of Design
  • maintaining sister city relationships to increase trade and investment opportunities
  • hosting overseas delegations for investment and/or trade outcomes.

UNESCO Creative Cities Network

Geelong - City of Design

The City of Greater Geelong applied to become a UNESCO Creative Cities Network City of Design in 2017 and was successful in its designation.

We are Australia's first, and only, City of Design and join an international network of 180 cities committed to the power of creativity and innovation in building sustainable cities.

It's about collaboration, culture, planning, people and prosperity - working together for a clever and creative future for all.

"Design" embodies a definition as diverse as our community. The UCCN designation recognises the design history of Greater Geelong. From the region's Aboriginal heritage, to textiles and wool production, automotive manufacturing and surf culture, design is embedded in our community.

Read more about UNESCO Geelong - City of Design.

Sister city - Lianyungang, China

Lianyungang is a Chinese city located in the Jiangsu province north east of the country. The city, like Geelong, is located on a main port line which links the eastern sea routes with the western land routes. Suitably, the city is dubbed as China's 'East-West Freight Corridor'.

Lianyungang has a history in farming and agriculture, while its future is increasingly in green agriculture and organic produce.

New industry sectors being developed are in healthcare, new materials and energy, with its location as a transport hub enabling logistics to thrive.

The Director Investment and Attraction, Brett Luxford journeyed to Lianyungang as part of the Victorian government's regional cities delegation. The purpose of the visit was to strengthen ties with Lianyungang, and increase trade and investment beneficial to both regions.


State support

Contact Regional Development Victoria for advice to set up your business to export or import on 03 5215 6000 or email (

Trade Victoria helps connect Victorian exporters with international buyers and business leaders. They can support businesses through providing economic intelligence and data, and guidance on trends overseas. Contact Global Victoria on (03) 9651 9248.

Import/export grants

There are a range of federal government grants which can assist regional businesses take their products and services offshore. Visit the Australian government's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Business website for more information.

Delegation visits

Economic Development host a number of key overseas stakeholders in efforts to attract investment and showcase the benefits of doing business in Geelong.

Contact the team for more information or to enquire about a delegation visit on 03 5272 4888.

Page last updated: Thursday, 16 May 2019