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From the Chief Executive - 21 December 2017

Last week the Victorian Chamber released the summer edition of our online Business Excellence magazine, which has a special focus on the future of Melbourne and what may lie in store over the next 10 or 20 years and beyond.

21 December 2017

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Gender Equality Legislation – What will it mean for your business?

The Victorian Government has committed to developing gender equality legislation and is currently consulting with businesses and the community on what they would like included in the legislation and how it might be rolled out.

21 December 2017

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Government grants - new rounds of funding announced

Round 3 of the Victorian Government’s New Energy Jobs Fund is open for applications. Grant funding of between $50,000 and $1 million is available with applications closing at 2pm on 1 March 2018.

21 December 2017

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GPS data discrepancies grounds for summary dismissal

An employer, who summarily dismissed a worker for timesheet and GPS data discrepancies, has successfully defended an unfair dismissal claim in the Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”).

21 December 2017

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Significant decision on the use of fixed term contracts

A recent Full Bench decision of the Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) found an employee’s employment had been terminated at the initiative of the employer when his fixed term contract was not renewed beyond its expiry date.

21 December 2017

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Interrupted Attention and Workplace Safety

Every evening we watch the television news and see and hear about vehicle accidents that were caused by drivers who were distracted, most often using their mobile telephones. We also see on our TV screens videos of drivers using their mobile telephones to either make or take a call or to text whilst driving. We all know the risks of driving and using our mobile telephones but many, if not most of us, still do it.

19 December 2017

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From the Chief Executive - 8 December 2017

Here at the Victorian Chamber, we have had a busy year. The team has successfully delivered close to 150 industry events, and yesterday we presented our final for 2017, a lunch with renowned Australian journalist Lisa Wilkinson AM, at Palladium, Crown.

08 December 2017

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The current state of workplace mental health and wellbeing in Australia

Over the previous month, the Victorian Chamber’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing team has delivered a series of workplace mental health briefings to over 330 members and clients in Melbourne and around the state.

07 December 2017

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Industry welcomes launch of Victorian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Taskforce Report

Efforts to strengthen Victorian apprenticeships and traineeships received a boost last week with the launch of the Victorian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Taskforce report by the Minister for Training and Skills Gayle Tierney, and Victorian Skills Commissioner, Neil Coulson

07 December 2017

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Restaurant penalised over $525,000 for cooking the books

A Chinese restaurant in New South Wales, was issued with a Notice to produce records and documents, by a Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) Inspector in September 2014.

07 December 2017

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Business Excellence magazine Summer 2017

Working for business, working for Victoria, the summer 2017 edition of Business Excellence magazine has a special focus on Victoria’s future.

01 December 2017

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From the Chief Executive - 24 November 2017

On this date next year, Victorians will be heading to the polls to cast their vote in the 2018 State Election. Ahead of what is sure to be an interesting year, the Victorian Chamber delivered yet another successful Victoria Summit yesterday at Parliament House in Melbourne.

24 November 2017

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Victoria Summit 2017 a great success

Over 100 of Victoria’s business leaders gathered at Parliament House, Melbourne on 23 November to discuss and explore the release of the Victorian Chamber’s key recommendations to keep Victoria competitive into 2018 and beyond.

24 November 2017

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Supporting Victoria's interests in GST distribution

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry recently appeared before a hearing on the draft report of the Productivity Commission’s Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation (HFE) inquiry.

22 November 2017

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Unfair dismissal claim by Supervisor terminated for indecent exposure has been dismissed

An employee of over 25 years, who was acting in a supervisor role was terminated for serious misconduct after two employees alleged he “unzipped his pants, removed his penis, and shaken or waived his penis” at them 24 March 2017 and repeated the act on 29 March 2017 to two other employees.

22 November 2017

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Working outdoors increases your skin cancer risk

This week Is National Skin Cancer Action week and coupled with the heat and sunny weather experienced across the state recently comes the important reminder of sun protection and early skin cancer detection for all Australians, including workers.

22 November 2017