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covid 19

More critical industries exempt from isolation requirements

Additional sectors will be relieved from close contact isolation requirements to ease supply chain bottlenecks and workforce shortages after an announcement today by the Victorian Government.

13 January 2022

covid 19

Isolation-requirement relief for Victoria’s hardest hit industries

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the Victorian Government’s announcement today, which has given the green light for more workers within critical industries to be exempt from close contact isolation requirements.

13 January 2022

workplace relations

Employer's redundancy reduction application denied

The Fair Work Commission has rejected an employer’s application to reduce redundancy pay after failing to prove the organisation had secured “acceptable” alternative employment for its departing employees.

12 January 2022

covid 19

COVID-19 booster mandate and isolation changes announced for key sectors

A third COVID-19 vaccination is now required for workers within certain essential industries, and close contact isolation arrangements have also changed for food and beverage distribution workers, as part of Victorian Government pandemic orders announced today.

10 January 2022

covid 19

The four main business impacts we need to consider for 2022

It’s a brand-new year but if we were hoping that 2022 would be the opportunity to step out of the COVID washing machine cycle, we may have all been a tad premature in our optimism. 

07 January 2022

trade and exports

How businesses can hire overseas workers in Victoria

A person can legally work in Australia if they are an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or hold a valid visa with permission to work. The Victorian Chamber can help businesses recruit overseas workers and fulfil their legal obligations.

23 December 2021

covid 19

Masks return for indoor settings amid rising COVID-19 transmission

The Victorian Government has reintroduced the indoor mask mandate as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

23 December 2021

workplace relations

Get ready for the new year and reset your HR approach for 2022

The beginning of the year is the ideal opportunity to reassess your HR documentation and organisational strategy. This can include employment contracts, resetting expectations about standards of behaviour and revising working arrangements. In 2022, be proactive and confident to recast your existing approach with a new strategy.

23 December 2021

innovation

The crisis isn’t COVID anymore, by Elaine Smart – Management Consultant, Senior Executive, FSI Banking at DB Results

The need to be fast, agile and ahead of the curve on all levels of customer service is no longer a ‘nice idea,’ it’s a business imperative. This tipping point has created an abundance of work for IT teams in Australia and around the globe, and a backlog of work that needs to be delivered now, not next year. If you, like so many companies, didn’t jump early into this digital race, how do you catch up? While I’m here to advise Australian organisations (small, medium or large) on how to do this, you must first understand that the crisis isn’t over.  

21 December 2021

covid 19

Finalists announced for Victorian CovidSafe Business Awards

The Victorian Chamber – in partnership with the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions – is proud to announce ten deserving finalists in the Victorian COVIDSafe Business Awards.

21 December 2021

chief executive update

Chief Executive Update 21 December

Well, we made it through, and Christmas is now on our doorstep.

21 December 2021

covid 19

Victorian COVIDSafe Business Awards finalists announced

10 finalists across three categories have been announced as part of the Victorian COVIDSafe Business Awards, created to recognise industry leaders who have been exemplars in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic and have demonstrated innovative and commendable safety and compliance strategies and measures.

21 December 2021

covid 19

Support to continue after Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme ends

The Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme is ending on 15 January 2022. Although eligible tenants will no longer be entitled to rent relief after this date, tenants and landlords will still have access to support via the Victorian Small Business Commission.

20 December 2021

member stories

Aurecon partners with CSIRO to help fight future pandemics

Melbourne is leading the charge for Australia in the medtech, biotech and pharmaceutical industries with the recent announcements of the Monash University Smart Manufacturing Hub to deliver Australia’s first mRNA vaccine for clinical trials, the new Australian Institute of Infectious Disease in the Parkville Biomedical precinct, and the latest partnership with Moderna to manufacture its mRNA vaccine in Melbourne.

Member Stories

20 December 2021

innovation

auDA Report: Positive impact of Internet dampened by cybersecurity fears

Industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain, auDA, has released its inaugural Digital Lives of Australians 2021 Report. The report finds Australian consumers and small businesses benefit immensely from the Internet, but cybersecurity threats continue to pose a huge concern.

17 December 2021

covid 19

Masks to stay under latest COVID-19 rules

Customers and staff will still be required to wear face masks in many indoor settings while some vaccination mandates will ease under new COVID-19 regulations that the Victorian Government announced today.

15 December 2021