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18 Aug
From the Chief Executive - 18 August 2017

This week, Melbourne was once again crowned the World’s most liveable city, taking out the top position for a record seventh time. For Victorians, this will come as no surprise, and is a confirmation of our reputation as a great place to live, work and do business.

Of course no city is perfect, and Melbourne needs to invest in its assets to retain its liveability status. One area that is in urgent need of upgrading is the Queen Victoria Market.

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17 Aug
Leverage country-of-origin branding to help drive sales

Leverage country-of-origin branding to help drive sales

Consumers, business and government bodies have a preference for buying Australian Made products, so it makes sense to market your products as ‘genuinely Aussie’. Find out how your business can capitalise on country-of-origin branding to drive sales in this 30 minute webinar with Australian Made Campaign Deputy Chief Executive, Ben Lazzaro. Discover:

·         The latest research regarding preferences towards buying Australian

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16 Aug
Important survey – Union proposed new right for employees to determine their hours of work

The Fair Work Commission is currently considering an ACTU claim to include new provisions in virtually all modern awards that would give some employees with parenting and/or caring responsibilities a right to determine their days of work and starting/finishing times.

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16 Aug
Right of entry permits prevail over legislative confusion: A win for employers

In a win for employers, the Full Federal Court of Australia confirm a CFMEU official called to a construction site to help a Health and Safety Representative (“HSR”) required a right to entry permit pursuant to federal law. 

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16 Aug
Forced resignation larger cost to business than cash box discrepancy

A casual employee has been awarded 16 weeks remuneration, after the Fair Work Commission found reducing her shifts by 75% amounted to a constructive dismissal.

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16 Aug
An effective traffic management plan is a critical safety feature in many workplaces

An effective traffic management plan is a critical safety feature in many workplaces. This was highlighted again recently as WorkSafe Victoria convicted and fined Victorian employer JMAL Group Pty Ltd for failing to provide a safe system of work for loading plant onto trucks on public roads after an employee was killed in a collision. The towing company, which specialises in transporting mobile plant, was fined $275,000.

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04 Aug
From the Chief Executive - 4 August 2017

This fortnight we have been connecting with our members all across Victoria, holding the latest round of Government Grant Briefings in Warrnambool, Melbourne, Narre Warren, Sale and Shepparton. These free briefings have been very popular and invaluable for small to medium businesses who may have limited knowledge in the government grants and support available to them.

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03 Aug
When Buyer Met Seller event recap

The Victorian Chamber in conjunction with the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV) hosted an event with the theme “When Buyer Met Seller” on 31 July 2017 to showcase the country’s award winning food, beverage and agricultural products from the recent and past prestigious Australian Food Awards.  

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03 Aug
Fire Awareness Awards up for grabs

Applications for the 2017 Fire Awareness Awards are now open for individuals, community groups and organisations to submit innovative projects that help reduce the incidence and impact of fire in Victoria.

Forest Fire Management Victoria Chief Fire Officer Stephanie Rotarangi said “Every day across Victoria people are working tirelessly to help make our communities safer and more resilient before, during or after a fire occurs.”

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03 Aug
Where will your business be in the next five years?

The Composition of Trade Australia 2016 released last week showed that Australia’s export volumes rose 7.9 per cent in 2016 and import volume increased 0.2 per cent with consumption goods up 2.6 per cent.

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