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From the Chief Executive

Submitted on Friday, 9th December 2016

As the festive season is well and truly upon us, I am sure many of you are enjoying catching up with your colleagues and contacts at functions and celebrating the end of a productive year. Here at the Victorian Chamber, we are also reflecting on the past 12 months.

We have evaluated our big wins for Victorian businesses and celebrated what they will mean for our state economy. 

But we are also using this time to reflect on the priorities needed to keep our state competitive. What policies Victoria needs, infrastructure projects that are vital to accommodate growth in our state and support needed for industries, particularly those transitioning from manufacturing into other industries, to name just a few.

Early next year, we will release our report from the Agribusiness Taskforce which has recommendations to strengthen the competitiveness of Victorian agribusinesses and support industries.

We strongly disagree with the addition of three public holidays to Victoria’s calendar, including the Christmas public holiday, as businesses are forced to cover the cost of these holidays, which outnumber the rest of the country. 

In 2017, we will once again campaign against extra public holidays that put unnecessary pressure on businesses paying extra staff costs. We have also finalised our budget submission to the Government before the end of the year advocating for key policies that will help businesses prosper and grow.

I will provide further detail of these evidence-based policies in the submission in the next Victorian Chamber news, our last before many of you close down for Christmas and New Year.

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