Media Release 22 November 2018

Vote for a party that backs Victorian business

On November 24, Victorians will choose who will govern for the next four years. Whether its incumbent Daniel Andrews or Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, whoever wins the State Election must ensure Victoria can live up to its reputation as a great place to live, work and do business.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry cares about growing business and jobs in our state and ensuring all Victorians can prosper. That’s why the Victorian Chamber is calling on Victorians to vote for the party that supports local business.

Victoria’s 590,000 businesses employ 2.5 million people and provide a huge contribution to Victoria’s economy. Stronger business means prosperity and more jobs for all Victorians.

Victoria Chamber Chief Executive Mark Stone AM said that despite some promising announcements from the major parties about infrastructure investment, more work is needed on business priorities to secure Victoria’s future.

There is still time for both major parties to support business and therefore make Victoria stronger.

“Victoria’s payroll tax threshold is the worst in Australia. The next State Government must increase the payroll tax threshold to $850,000, so small and medium businesses and jobs can grow. 

“Only three percent of Victorian businesses export. That’s not enough. We need commitment from the next State Government to triple the number of Victorian exporting businesses by 2020, so more businesses can reach overseas markets and untap their full potential,” Mr Stone said. 

The Victorian Chamber is also calling on the next State Government need to support more apprenticeships and traineeships across the state, so we tackle youth unemployment and ensure Victoria can build its future workforce.

“Stronger business means a stronger Victoria. We care about keeping Victorian business competitive, and ensuring every young person has a good job,” said Mr Stone.

In the lead-up to the election, the Victorian Chamber will keep advocating for business priorities to keep Victoria strong and competitive.

More information about the Victorian Chamber’s priorities to grow business and jobs are available on

Authorised by Mark Stone AM, Chief Executive, Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 150 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000.

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For all other enquiries please contact the Victorian Chamber on 03 8662 5333

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