Chief Executive Update 18 May 2022

Australians will go to the polls this Saturday after what will have been an exhaustive 40-day federal election campaign. A record 4.34 million Victorians will cast their vote, with thousands already having voted through postal voting or one of the early voting centres which opened last week.

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The Victorian Chamber does not advocate a vote for any political party or individual candidate, but rather supports policies that enable and grow business, and ease the cost of doing business. Business needs to lead our economic recovery both here in Victoria and across Australia.

That’s why we have strongly supported the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s #BackAustralianBusiness campaign. You can follow the campaign and show your support via the website, and by sharing their policy recommendations.

The Chamber will continue to work with all levels of government to advocate for policies that will benefit Victorian businesses and jobs, secure the progress of our state and drive economic development into the future, regardless of who is successful in the polls.

It’s why we have backed the Victorian Government and Melbourne Cricket Club’s plans to redevelop the MCG to ensure Victoria retains its status as a global events powerhouse to attract more sporting and cultural events to our state. An independent study in 2019 found that the major events contribute $2.5 billion to the Victorian economy and attract almost 6.9 million international and interstate visitors to Victoria.

These events boost our hospitality, retail and hotel sectors and, as I explained to the Herald Sun, we believe the revamp of Australia’s best sports stadium can have significant flow-on effects for business and the whole state as we look to secure more world-class events

The health and well-being of employees is more important than ever and the Victorian Chamber is proud to host a Wellness in the Workplace breakfast on June 9. CEO and Managing Director of AIA Australia, Damien Mu, Head of Mental Health and Wellbeing at the AFL, Dr Kate Hall, and Specialist Sport and Exercise Physician, media commentator and former athlete Dr Peter Larkins will share their insights in what will be another event not to be missed. Find more details online.

Finally, I want to share this video produced by the Chamber’s videographer Hayden Layton showcasing the inspiring and life-changing work of our members Fruit2Work, a social enterprise that provides employment opportunities for those impacted by the justice system. We are proud to represent our members and want to share more of your great stories. If you have a story you want to share, please let us know by contacting media@victorianchamber.com.au.

Have a great week.

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