Chief Executive Update 3 November 2021

How good was it seeing our state roar back to life over the weekend? It was so exciting to see crowds at events and smiles on the faces of so many as they celebrated Victoria’s reopening over the past few days.


Melbourne Cup Day symbolised an important step forward in our state’s recovery, signalling to the rest of the country – and the world – that we are back doing what we do best. It was just what our state needed.

As Victoria’s economic recovery accelerates, I am extremely pleased to announce the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host an exclusive breakfast with the Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, next Wednesday 10 November at MCEC. The Prime Minister will join us to deliver a presentation followed by a short audience Q&A. This will be the Prime Minister’s first keynote address following his recent trip to the G20 and COP26 Summits. This is an excellent opportunity for our members to hear from the Prime Minister of Australia in person. Tickets are limited, so head to our website to secure your place now.

Victorian businesses are ready to leave the last two COVID-impacted years behind them. To celebrate, recognise and reward the hard work, effort and determination of the employers and employees who have ensured that customers, workers and suppliers can all return to COVIDSafe environments, the Victorian Chamber, in partnership with the Victorian Government Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions has launched the Victorian COVIDSafe Business Awards.

These awards are being driven by the recent launch of the Victorian Chamber’s Safe In Our Hands campaign, and showcases the exemplar COVIDSafe businesses and industry leaders who have implemented innovative and commendable COVIDSafe strategies, measures, and plans. Apply now for the chance to win a $2,500 VCCI credit for consulting services!

Meanwhile, I loved seeing our valued Melbourne Chamber of Commerce member Yarra Trams’ Let's Celebrate Being Melburnians Again campaign. We’ve all missed the vibrant activity in the CBD and surrounds and jumping on our iconic trams to connect us to our favourite city spots. I encourage you to watch their video on Yarra Trams' website and check out how they are keeping you safe as we re-emerge from lockdown, as well as details on where our fabulous trams can take you!

As our state embraces a new beginning, it’s important we keep focused on the road ahead. My priority and that of the Victorian Chamber team will increasingly shift to restoring consumer and business confidence, attracting investment, and unleashing entrepreneurs once again so that we can not only rebound from COVID-19, but thrive in a new economy.

We want Victoria to be the best place in Australia to live, learn, work and operate a business in order to reclaim our global reputation. Now, more than ever, Victorian businesses need our support. All Victorians have the chance to power the rebuild of our state and I encourage you all to support your local businesses in any way you can.

Victorian Chamber Events

We are thrilled to be able to welcome our members back to in-person events again. It starts with an exclusive breakfast with the Prime Minister, The Hon. Scott Morrison MP next week, followed by the return of our popular Business After Dark networking event at Melbourne Museum. Fast Forward Speed Networking returns in early December alongside our premium Victorian Chamber Presents event series featuring Cate Campbell OAM. Head to our website now to check out all the Chamber has to offer. We can’t wait to see you again!

Enjoy your week.


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