Policy Areas and Expertise

Economics and Industry Policy

We believe that Governments need to be kept accountable on economic management and regulation reforms that affect business – small and large. Strong economic management and balanced industry policy frameworks are vital to ensure investment certainty and appeal for business and industry.

We have achieved many wins for business in recent years, including:

  • Over $5 billion in payroll, land tax and work cover premium reductions that save Victorian business money and time
  • Significant red tape savings and a further commitment to cut red tape by 25 per cent per year
  • Funding commitments for major infrastructure projects to support business investment, including Melbourne Metro Rail and the Level Crossing Removal Program.

Looking forward, we will continue to stay focused on delivering further reform on payroll tax, further reducing red tape and holding the Government to account for its economic policy decisions.

Employment, Education & Training

Quality education and training keep Victorian businesses competitive, productive and well resourced. We are champions for education and training excellence to meet Victoria’s skills challenges now and into the future. We understand that a quality education and training system is a vital factor in delivering positive economic outcomes and ensuring employers can attract and retain skilled staff.
 
The following principles guide our employment, education and training policy and advocacy:
  • Primacy of user choice in education and training solutions
  • The private sector is best equipped to lead industry-needs-based education and training
  • Education and training providers must be accountable for quality, productivity, efficiency and equity in delivery.
Our priorities include:
  • Championing the need for training system quality linked to industry needs
  • Ensuring industry skills needs drive an increase in Victoria’s training places to address identified skills gaps
  • Advocating for improvements to the Federal Government’s training incentives
  • Pushing for secondary and higher education reforms to be linked to industry needs and to build an employment-ready workforce.

Infrastructure 

Investment and planning for infrastructure is vital for Victoria’s economic prosperity, liveability and sustainable development. Individual lifestyles and the growth of business and job markets rely on renewing and increasing Victoria’s transport, energy and social (’soft’) infrastructure.

We believe that enhanced infrastructure is integral to supporting Victoria’s liveability, as well as business efficiency and growth. Our focus is to ensure that Government plans for and invests in the key infrastructure areas of roads, rail, ports and services. We also strongly support the use of public-private partnerships and the acceleration of major, economy-driving projects.
 
The following principles guide our infrastructure policy and advocacy:
  • Governments have a major role to play in providing infrastructure and stimulating private sector investment
  • The private sector is best equipped to build infrastructure, especially through incentive-based public-private partnerships (PPPs)
  • Planning processes must balance short and long-term needs while emphasising user choice and community amenity, reserving ‘infrastructure ready’ wedges, and reducing and prudently managing risk.
We have achieved a number of infrastructure wins for business in recent years, and strongly believe that long-term infrastructure investment priorities require clearer policy and planning environments.
 

Workplace Relations

Productive, successful workplaces depend on flexible, pro-business workplace relations legislation.

Best practice workplace relations benefit both employees and their employers.
 
Over the last two decades, businesses have faced an uncertain regulatory environment with regards to workplace and industrial relations, and the latest workplace relations changes have introduced even further uncertainty.
 
For more than 160 years, advocating on behalf on employers has been one of our core strengths, and it remains a key focus of our workplace and industrial relations policy activities.
 
The following principles guide our workplace relations policy and advocacy:
  • Quality workplace policy is fair to both employees and their employers
  • Excessive regulation and bureaucracy damages business and employment
  • Balanced, sensible policy must allow fair and practical exemptions.

Our workplace relations priorities include:

  • Driving down damaging and excessive regulation
  • Holding Government accountable for sensible policy leadership
  • Showing that good faith bargaining works effectively for business and employees.