Victoria could receive a Cross Border Commissioner to improve communication across the border, should a state government business case check out.
Originally proposed by the Mallee Regional Partnership, the proposed office would help border communities better share information and services, and drive economic growth.
The business case will assess the feasibility, cost and benefits associated with the office, and if approved the new office will help all areas of Victoria that border NSW and South Australia.
Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford said living along the border came with ‘‘challenges’’.
‘‘... This work will ensure these communities are getting the services and support they need, now and into the future,’’ she said.
The commissioner will be in charge of promoting the interests of Victorian border communities, resolving issues and developing common approaches with neighbouring states.
A focus on better co-ordinating service delivery, infrastructure and planning processes will also be involved.
NSW, which has had a Cross Border Commissioner since 2012, will be consulted as part of the business case.