Victorian Infrastructure Plan

The Victorian Government recently released the Victorian Infrastructure Plan, its response to Infrastructure Victoria’s inaugural 30-year infrastructure strategy.

The Victorian Chamber has long called for more strategic approach to infrastructure planning and strongly supported the establishment of Infrastructure Victoria as an independent body to provide advice on key infrastructure priorities and projects.


Cyber security an increasing threat for Victorian businesses, survey shows

Almost three quarters of Victorian businesses are concerned about cyber security risks, with more than half experiencing an increase in cyber threats over the past five years, a survey has found.

While the majority of surveyed businesses have some measures in place to protect their organisations, these differ widely from advanced systems and outsourced IT protection to just over a quarter with only basic anti-virus software.


Victoria’s energy crisis must be addressed by allowing onshore conventional gas exploration

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today welcomes a policy from the Liberal Nationals supporting onshore conventional gas exploration on a case by case basis.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM said the moratorium on onshore conventional gas exploration until 2020 was putting Victoria at a disadvantage and should be removed to allow for exploration on a case by case basis.


Grand Final eve public holiday will hit businesses hard

Thousands of businesses are facing a huge bill to pay people not to come to work on Friday’s Grand Final eve public holiday, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry said today.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM said Victorian businesses cannot afford to pay for this public holiday, with many choosing to shut their doors to minimise their losses.


Victorian Chamber welcomes Statement on Advanced Victorian Manufacturing

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today applauds the Advanced Victorian Manufacturing strategy launched by the Victorian Government, recognising the importance of this vital sector to the Victorian economy.

The Statement was developed by Victoria’s Advanced Manufacturing Advisory Council, of which Melbourne Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dianne Smith is a member.


Victoria tastes victory at national food awards

As a proud sponsor of this year’s Australian Food Awards (AFA), conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), the Victorian Chamber is pleased to congratulate Dooley’s Ice Cream on being awarded the Champion Dairy Trophy and for the second year running, the Champion Medium Producer Trophy, Presented by Executive Director Scott Veenker.


Small cleaning businesses will struggle to survive under new schools cleaning contracts

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is deeply concerned about the impact new school cleaning contracts will have on small cleaning businesses in Victoria.

In 2018, the Victorian Government will introduce a new system where eight zones will be created across metropolitan Melbourne and a single cleaning contract will be awarded for all schools in each zone. Businesses must submit Expressions of Interest by this Friday.


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.


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.


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.


Media and Communications Contact

All media enquiries may be directed to the Media and Communications Manager.

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