Victorian Roadmap survey: Victorian businesses have their say

More than 1300 businesses across all sectors, sizes and regions provided feedback to the Victorian Chamber on the State Government’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan and viewpoints on vaccination conditions. Here are the results.

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The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted the Victorian Roadmap Survey to better understand how businesses felt about our path out of lockdown and vaccination conditions for businesses once targets are met.

Currently, individual businesses are required to determine if vaccination is required as a condition of entry or employment which exposes them to a raft of legal and reputational issues. Many have raised concerns that they may become implicated in workplace manslaughter allegations if Public Health Orders are not set.

The survey results showed an overwhelming 84 per cent want the State Government to make Public Health Orders requiring vaccination to alleviate pressure on individual businesses to determine vaccine requirements on staff and customers.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Paul Guerra said mandatory vaccinations continues to be one of the biggest workplace relations issues this year.

“We have spoken with business across all sectors, of all shapes and sizes, and the main concern is that business is urgently looking to government to implement Public Health Orders to specify vaccination as a condition of entry or employment to protect them from potential litigation and reputational damage,” he said.

“The State Government has extensively used Public Health Orders to keep business shut and now business wants to see them used to help get them open once again. It shouldn’t be left up to individual businesses to make a judgement call on such a complex matter."

The survey also revealed 81 per cent of respondents are not happy with the State Government’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan, released on Sunday 19 September, and 80 per cent said the current support package is not sufficient, under the current roadmap settings.

Businesses were strong on reopening once initial targets are met, with 72 per cent stating that they planned to open at the 70 per cent double vaccination point, while 28 per cent said they would wait until the 80 per cent milestone is achieved

Encouragement of vaccine take up was also strong wit 63 per cent of business responding they would provide support to staff and/or customers to help increase vaccination rates.

The survey was conducted on 21 and 22 September 2021 with 1,316 responses recorded from businesses across the state, including all sectors and small, medium, and large businesses.

How the Victorian Chamber can help  

Our experienced Workplace Relations Consultants can assist you with drafting and reviewing workplace policies to ensure they are compliant with the relevant legislation. 

For assistance and guidance on any aspect of your employment obligations, please call the Victorian Chamber Workplace Relations Advice Line on (03) 8662 5222.  

Advocacy and campaigns  

For more information on the Victorian Chamber’s advocacy work and current campaigns, along with submissions and taskforces, visit the Policy and Advocacy section of the VCCI website.  

If you have any questions or would like to be involved in our advocacy work, please contact policy@victorianchamber.com.au

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