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19 Feb
Productivity Commission Review into Australia’s Workplace Relations Framework

The Federal Government has instructed the Productivity Commission (“PC”) to conduct a review into Australia’s workplace relations framework (“Review”). The five issues papers forming the Review to be conducted by the PC can be accessed here.

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12 Feb
Nominations are open for the 2015 Victorian Disability Sector Awards

The Victorian Disability Sector Awards honour individuals, teams, organisations and businesses who go above and beyond to help people with a disability achieve their personal goals.  

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11 Feb
The right way to speed network

Speed networking is great if you want to meet lots of professionals and find out about businesses from various industries in the most efficient way.

It’s a great way to get your name and business out there and meet people who are outside of your line of work. It is the first step to gain new contacts and create valuable business relationships – all to help you boost your business and career.

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12 Dec
Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement

The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) comes into effect on 12 December, opening up new opportunities for Australian businesses.

KAFTA removes or reduces barriers to the trade in goods between Korea and Australia.

From 12 December, Australian exporters will benefit immediately from tariff cuts by Korea, and further tariff reductions from 1 January 2015. It will increase export opportunities across a number of industries:

Agriculture

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14 Oct
Payroll Tax Online Forum

Raising Victoria’s payroll tax threshold:
How will your business benefit?
Have your say.

Payroll tax is a tax on jobs, so this state election Victorian Chamber calls on both major parties to commit to lifting the threshold at which a business starts paying payroll tax from $550,000 to $850,000 – providing around $230 million in savings to around 40,000 Victorian businesses, encouraging them to grow and employ more staff.

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10 Oct
Age discrimination in the workforce

By Kate Jenkins - Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner

There has been much discussion about the fact that we are living and working for longer, with the conversation frequently centring on the economic impact of this: the demands on government, the budget, and the health system.

What is missing from this conversation is the human element – what it means to grow old in Australia today and remain employed.

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03 Oct
Age is just a number... Isn’t it?

Here are some fast facts for you. The median age of today’s worker is 40. The number of people in the workforce aged 60 to 64 is expected to double by 2016. The retirement age is set to rise to 70 by 2035. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to add it all up. The workforce is ‘maturing’. And your business’s approach to an ageing workforce needs to mature with it.

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10 Sep
How Segall showed that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

On Thursday 4 September, 320 people gathered at the Victorian Chamber Business Leaders Lunch at the Sofitel Melbourne to hear from the inspirational Ken Segall – the creative brains behind Apple’s ‘Think different’ campaign and the man who famously put the “i” in iMac.

Victorian Chamber partnered with Bank of Melbourne, Melbourne Chamber of Commerce member and major sponsor, to bring Segall to Victoria to share his knowledge with our business leaders.

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28 Aug
V21 Digital Summit

What story does your brand tell – and other digital challenges for business V21 Digital Summit – 2 October, State Library of Victoria

Digital technologies have fundamentally changed people’s lives. The way we interact, the way we shop, and the way that consumers come into contact with your business and its brand.

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25 Aug
Why less choice can mean better business



By Ken Segall – author of Insanely Simple

Human beings love choice. We flock to restaurants that offer rich menus. We spend hours in retail stores browsing endless aisles. We love products that can be customised to our personal preferences. However, a wide selection is not always good for business.

Because when options become too many – or too indistinct from one another – they can cause more confusion than joy. What was intended to be a better experience can easily become a frustrating experience.

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