The Victoria Summit 2015 – Regional Victoria was held in Bendigo on the 13-14 August 2015, bringing together regional business leaders and stakeholders from across the State to identify the priorities needed to keep regional Victoria growing.
There are over 2 million small businesses in Australia, employing over 7 million people. That’s over 60% of our workforce. Yet, for too many years, small business here has been overtaxed, overregulated and overlooked by government.
In the lead-up to the Federal election, a national campaign has been developed to unite the many small voices of small business all round the country, and to show politicians that, together, small business is too big to ignore.
The 20170-18 Federal budget contains a number of initiatives that will help Victorian businesses become more competitive.
Victorian Chamber represents Victorian business interests at the national level through our membership of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Victorian business interests are represented through Victorian Chamber representation and policy participation by policy staff, Victorian Chamber senior business representatives and policy staff in ACCI Committees.
The Baillieu Coalition Government’s first Budget was brought down on 3 May 2011. As was generally expected, the Budget has a strong focus on funding the delivery of the Coalition’s pre-election commitments associated with law and order, education, health and public transport. It also provides the funding necessary to meet the challenge of recovery from the floods which are estimated at $676 million.
Victoria has made many positive advances over the past two decades. The new State Governement of Victoria must continue this momentum into the next.
Victoria has benefited from strong population and economic growth.
Infrastructure spending has been strong. Taxation relief has been progressively implemented.
Budget operating surpluses have been maintained and debt and state financial liabilities kept to prudent levels.