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Sep12
Victoria now worst performer on payroll tax threshold

12 September 2018 

Victorian small businesses are paying a tax they wouldn’t have to pay if they were operating anywhere else in Australia. Victoria’s $650,000 payroll tax threshold is now the worst in the nation, after South Australia’s recent payroll tax cut.

Ahead of the Victorian State Election, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling on the major parties to increase the tax-free threshold to $850,000. A bi-partisan commitment prior to the election would show that both major parties support small business.

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Sep11
New renewable generation to benefit business, create jobs

11 September 2018 

Victorian consumers will benefit from a massive injection of new electricity generation with 900 megawatts of new capacity, enough to power 650,000 homes, to be built across the state.

The new generation capacity will be built as part of the Victorian Government’s renewable energy target (VRET), which is driving new electricity generation.

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Aug24
Statement on the election of Scott Morrison as Prime Minister

24 August 2018

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the election of Scott Morrison by the Federal Liberal Party as Australia’s 30th Prime Minister.

The Victorian Chamber looks forward to working with Prime Minister Morrison, Deputy Leader Josh Frydenberg and the Coalition Cabinet to create a better business environment and a more prosperous nation.

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Aug23
Business sentiment remains optimistic, but more research collaboration is needed

23 August 2018

Business sentiment remains optimistic in Victoria according to the June 2018 quarter Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Survey of Business Trends and Prospects, with 34 per cent of businesses anticipating economic growth in Victoria over the next 12 months and 21 per cent of businesses reporting an increase in exports. However, rising costs are damaging business prospects, with 27 per cent of businesses surveyed reporting a decrease in profits.

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Aug15
Victorian Government must now support the National Energy Guarantee

15 August 2018

The Victorian Chamber welcomes both the constructive outcome on the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) from the recent COAG Energy Council meeting and the Federal Coalition party room’s majority endorsement of the policy.

It is now time for Victoria to support the NEG to improve policy predictability and encourage new investment in electricity generation.

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Jul03
Gearing up to improve Victoria’s transport system

The Victorian Government will have a suite of effective and integrated transport solutions available to improve Victoria’s transport system, after today’s release of the Victorian Chamber’s Transport Taskforce Report: Gearing up for Success.

Chief Executive Mark Stone AM said the report, developed by the Victorian Chamber in partnership with a team of industry experts and led by board member Brian Negus, sets out how Victoria’s transport system can meet the challenges of strong population and trade growth.

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Jun29
Opposition infrastructure commitments to get Victoria moving

Victoria’s growing traffic woes are set to improve under an Opposition commitment to build Australia’s biggest connected super highway.

Under a plan released by the Opposition, the East West Link, North East Link and West Gate Tunnel would go ahead, along with the removal of traffic light hotspots, building on existing projects committed to by the Government.

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Jun21
Labor to cost labour hire industry

Victorian businesses operating in the labour hire industry will be confronted with extra costs under the Andrews Labor Government’s new Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has opposed the labour hire licensing scheme since it was announced by the Government last year, as the scheme will impose additional costs and red tape on business operating in the sector.

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Jun20
Local business first Bill means more work for Victorian businesses

Victorian businesses are set to benefit from a new Bill introduced into Parliament that will mandate minimum local content on major Victorian projects and the use of local apprentices, trainees and cadets.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM welcomed the announcement and highlighted the importance of using government expenditure to boost demand from local businesses.

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Jun08
Business community farewells Dr Butlin, Victoria’s Red Tape Commissioner

After many productive years working with the business community, Dr Mathew Butlin is finishing his term as Victoria’s Red Tape Commissioner.

Dr Butlin has investigated and improved red tape issues for business in transport, building, commercial fishing, food and beverage services, and earth resources.

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