News and media

education and training

Victorian Chamber’s Regional Business Recovery Roadshow goes virtual

In partnership with Crown Melbourne, the Victorian Chamber is running free online seminars designed to help regional businesses bounce back after consecutive lockdowns and sparse tourism.

Regional Victoria

27 January 2022

chief executive update

Acting Chief Executive Update 25 January

Welcome to our first edition of Victorian Chamber News for 2022. We know that staff shortages, supply chain issues, isolation requirements, density limits and lack of accessibility to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) continue to cause difficulty and stress and the Victorian Chamber team is working hard to ensure your voices are heard and practical solutions can be found.

25 January 2022

policy and advocacy

Call for participants: Informing pay equality resources for SMEs

The Victorian Chamber is pleased to extend an invitation to our members and clients to participate in a design workshop to help identify innovative and practical education approaches to improve equality in the workplace.

24 January 2022

policy and advocacy

Government grant helping Victorian businesses save on energy prices

The Small Business Energy Saver Program is supporting Victorian small business owners to save on energy-efficient equipment. It will deliver $5 million in discounts to small businesses across Victoria that invest in upgrading their systems.

21 January 2022

covid 19

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

workplace relations

'Petulant' and 'disruptive' employee loses bullying application

In a recent decision, the Fair Work Commission provided helpful insights into how its bullying jurisdiction works in practice, as well as offering some practical tips for employers when presented with the challenging task of performance managing staff.

20 January 2022

member stories

York Park Group: delivering policy results through trust and authenticity

COVID-19 intensified the challenges faced by government and private sectors in delivering policy outcomes that balance public health, economic development, sustainability and social cohesion. Founded during the pandemic, York Park Group manages such complex issues and reputations through research, strategic communications and political counsel.

Fast Five

20 January 2022

covid 19

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

covid 19

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

innovation

What businesses should know about the changing .au domain space

The .au domain name space is undergoing significant change in 2022. The Victorian Chamber recommends that businesses with an online presence join us for an explanatory webinar in partnership with .au Domain Administration (auDA), the industry self-regulatory body for the .au domain.

17 January 2022

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