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Aug18
Employers face extra costs, excessive admin under proposed changes to long service leave

The proposed new Long Service Leave Bill 2017 will disadvantage employers and create a significant administration burden for businesses, according to the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The Victorian Chamber is calling for Parliament to amend parts of this Bill because the changes will result in increased costs and additional obligations for employers.

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Aug16
No more delays on Queen Victoria Market Renewal Program

The approved Queen Victoria Market Renewal Program must urgently proceed if we are to maintain one of Melbourne’s most loved tourist attractions and a vibrant part of the CBD precinct, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM said today there must be no further delays in putting the approved plan for the Queen Victoria Market (QVM) into action.

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Jul19
Skills shortages in Australian workforce filled by poaching and training, more than overseas workers

More than a quarter of Victorian businesses affected by changes to 457 Visas for foreign workers say they will look to employ Australian workers, a survey by the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry indicates.

Of 323 Victorian businesses responding to the latest Survey of Business Trends and Prospects, 60 per cent said they invest in training or poach employees from their competitors to fill skills gaps.

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Jun27
Regional Rail Revival package will benefit all Victorians

Regional Victorian businesses are the big winners from a $1.42 billion funding boost to the regional rail network, following an agreement between the Federal and State Government to commit to the transport infrastructure package.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM today said regional Victorians should celebrate the announcement, as the rail upgrade will be coupled with the Victorian Government’s committed $530.6 million upgrade to regional roads and bridges.

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May09
Federal Budget provides infrastructure boost to Victoria

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes major investment in Victorian infrastructure in the 2017-18 Federal Budget.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Acting Chief Executive Bryce Prosser said the budget was a positive outcome for Victoria and demonstrates responsible economic management with a projected return to surplus in 2020-21.

“This budget builds on the good outcomes for Victorian business delivered in last week’s Victorian budget,” he said.

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May05
Victorian Chamber welcomes funding for first stage of Shepparton Bypass

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the 2017-18 Victorian Budget’s allocation of $10.2 million to plan and undertake preconstruction works for the first stage of the 36 kilometre Shepparton Bypass.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Acting Chief Executive Bryce Prosser said this project will reduce congestion, increase productivity and create jobs in Shepparton and its surrounding areas.

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May04
Victorian Chamber welcomes new trams and trains to be built by Bombardier in Dandenong

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the announcement of $218.1 million to fund 10 more high-capacity E-class trams to be built by Melbourne Chamber of Commerce member Bombardier in Dandenong.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Acting Chief Executive Bryce Prosser said the new trams were part of significant transport initiatives in the 2017-18 Victorian Budget, including a $1.45 billion Regional Rail Revival package that will create 2,000 jobs across the state and $10 million allocated to develop a new airport rail plan.

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May04
Warrnambool to benefit from the 2017-18 Victorian Budget

Warrnambool businesses will benefit from the major funding in the Victorian Budget of $100 million in rail upgrades to the run more services.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Acting Chief Executive Bryce Prosser said key rail commitments in Warrnambool as part of the $1.45 billion regional rail revival package would benefit the region’s residents and businesses.

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May04
Victorian Chamber welcomes funding for Mordialloc Bypass

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the announcement of $300 million to fund the Mordialloc Bypass, connecting the Mornington Peninsula Freeway with the Dingley Bypass.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Acting Chief Executive Bryce Prosser said this vital project will benefit residents and businesses in Melbourne’s South-East.

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May03
Victorian Chamber welcomes Victorian Apprenticeship and Traineeship Taskforce

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today welcomes the announcement of a focused taskforce to review barriers and opportunities to the uptake of apprenticeships and traineeships in Victoria.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is a part of the taskforce, which will investigate issues, seek specific experiences of individual apprentices, employers and training providers and determine actions that could be put in place to address the issues raised.

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