Andrews commits to business priority for regional fast rail

Victorians can expect a significant reduction in travel times between Melbourne and Geelong and Ballarat, as the Andrews Government announces a new $100million commitment to undertake detailed planning for regional fast trains and infrastructure upgrades. 

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM welcomed the Government’s commitment to, if elected, implement the Victorian Chamber’s recommendation for a scoping study for Geelong and Ballarat fast rail links with Melbourne.


Artificial Intelligence ignites business competitiveness in Victoria

9 October 2018

Businesses travelling to Geelong on Wednesday, 10 October will have a chance to learn about outstanding local Artificial Intelligence (AI) projects that are boosting business productivity and competitiveness in Victoria. Some of Victoria’s best will be showcased at the ignite innovation event at Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus.


High-speed rail to accelerate regional opportunities in Victoria

Victoria’s passenger rail network will be transformed into a European-style rail network under a plan announced by the Victorian Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy MP.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM said regional high-speed rail infrastructure would connect regional workers and businesses, cutting travel times and creating more liveable regional cities and towns.


Grand Final holiday misses the mark

Thousands of businesses will face a huge bill to pay their staff not to come to work this Friday, as the AFL grand final eve public holiday remains part of Victoria’s calendar.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM said Victorian businesses cannot afford to pay for this public holiday, with many choosing to shut their doors to minimise their losses.


Victoria now worst performer on payroll tax threshold

12 September 2018 

Victorian small businesses are paying a tax they wouldn’t have to pay if they were operating anywhere else in Australia. Victoria’s $650,000 payroll tax threshold is now the worst in the nation, after South Australia’s recent payroll tax cut.

Ahead of the Victorian State Election, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is calling on the major parties to increase the tax-free threshold to $850,000. A bi-partisan commitment prior to the election would show that both major parties support small business.


New renewable generation to benefit business, create jobs

11 September 2018 

Victorian consumers will benefit from a massive injection of new electricity generation with 900 megawatts of new capacity, enough to power 650,000 homes, to be built across the state.

The new generation capacity will be built as part of the Victorian Government’s renewable energy target (VRET), which is driving new electricity generation.


Statement on the election of Scott Morrison as Prime Minister

24 August 2018

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the election of Scott Morrison by the Federal Liberal Party as Australia’s 30th Prime Minister.

The Victorian Chamber looks forward to working with Prime Minister Morrison, Deputy Leader Josh Frydenberg and the Coalition Cabinet to create a better business environment and a more prosperous nation.


Business sentiment remains optimistic, but more research collaboration is needed

23 August 2018

Business sentiment remains optimistic in Victoria according to the June 2018 quarter Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Survey of Business Trends and Prospects, with 34 per cent of businesses anticipating economic growth in Victoria over the next 12 months and 21 per cent of businesses reporting an increase in exports. However, rising costs are damaging business prospects, with 27 per cent of businesses surveyed reporting a decrease in profits.


Victorian Government must now support the National Energy Guarantee

15 August 2018

The Victorian Chamber welcomes both the constructive outcome on the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) from the recent COAG Energy Council meeting and the Federal Coalition party room’s majority endorsement of the policy.

It is now time for Victoria to support the NEG to improve policy predictability and encourage new investment in electricity generation.


Gearing up to improve Victoria’s transport system

The Victorian Government will have a suite of effective and integrated transport solutions available to improve Victoria’s transport system, after today’s release of the Victorian Chamber’s Transport Taskforce Report: Gearing up for Success.

Chief Executive Mark Stone AM said the report, developed by the Victorian Chamber in partnership with a team of industry experts and led by board member Brian Negus, sets out how Victoria’s transport system can meet the challenges of strong population and trade growth.


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