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Victoria’s recovery set to accelerate as more COVID-19 rules scrapped

The Victorian Chamber has welcomed the State Government’s announcement that most of the remaining COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted from 11.59pm this Friday, April 22.

20 April 2022

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Victoria poised for full recovery with restrictions in rear-view mirror

The Victorian Chamber welcomes today’s State Government announcement that it will further ease COVID-19 restrictions from 11.59pm on Friday, 22 April 2022.

20 April 2022

chief executive update

Enjoying new habits as city wakes from COVID-19 slumber

Habits can be hard to break and I’m sure we all felt a bit uncertain last week as office workers started to return after the better part of two years working from home.

11 March 2022

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The green light we’ve been waiting for

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is elated by today’s announcement that the State Government’s ‘strong recommendation’ to work or study from home will be removed, while masks will no longer be needed in most indoor settings as of 11:59pm on Friday, 25 February 2022.

22 February 2022

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Work from home orders and mask rules eased

The State Government is dropping the ‘strong recommendation’ that Victorians work from home, while masks will no longer be needed in offices and most other indoor settings, following the latest update to Pandemic Orders.

22 February 2022

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QR code and density rules eased as office settings remain

The State Government has eased several restrictions around density limits, QR check-ins and surveillance testing, with changes to office settings flagged, but yet to be formalised.

17 February 2022

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Good news for hospitality, but offices waiting for green light

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the State Government’s decision to change a number of COVID-19 restrictions in a move that will assist in boosting business but we are frustrated that the State Government is yet to give the green light for workers to begin returning to the office safely.

17 February 2022

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Business recovery webinar outlines path to prosperity for Victorian producers

The Victorian Chamber was pleased to partner with Crown Melbourne on business recovery webinars designed to help regional businesses bounce back following consecutive lockdowns and sparse tourism.

Regional Victoria

16 February 2022

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COVID-19 tests to become tax deductible

The Federal Government has announced plans to introduce legislation that will make COVID-19 testing expenses tax deductible for individuals and businesses when used to attend a place of work.

10 February 2022

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Victorian Chamber announces COVIDSafe Business Award winners

The Victorian Chamber, in partnership with the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR), is proud to today announce the winners of the inaugural Victorian COVIDSafe Business Awards.

08 February 2022

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Australia reopens borders to double-vaccinated international visitors

The Victorian Chamber applauds National Cabinet’s decision to reopen Australia's borders to all double-vaccinated visa holders on February 21, following an announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

07 February 2022

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Use them or lose them: supporting businesses through 'shadow' lockdowns

If you were lucky enough to get in a break over the school holidays, you would have noticed the crippling effect that Covid-19 is having on our small businesses across the state.

28 January 2022

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Temporary visa changes to address workforce shortages

In efforts to address current workforce shortages due to COVID-19 and aid Australia’s economic recovery, the Australian Government has amended visa conditions for student and working holiday makers.

21 January 2022

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WorkSafe Victoria COVID-19 reporting rules revoked

Regulations that previously required WorkSafe to be notified if an employee, contractor or a contractor's employee received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and had attended the workplace within their infectious period have been removed.

17 January 2022

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Commercial Tenancy Relief Scheme extended until March

The Victorian Chamber welcomes the State Government’s extension of rent relief and protections for commercial tenants and landlords for another two months due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

17 January 2022

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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


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