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.


Opposition infrastructure commitments to get Victoria moving

Victoria’s growing traffic woes are set to improve under an Opposition commitment to build Australia’s biggest connected super highway.

Under a plan released by the Opposition, the East West Link, North East Link and West Gate Tunnel would go ahead, along with the removal of traffic light hotspots, building on existing projects committed to by the Government.


Labor to cost labour hire industry

Victorian businesses operating in the labour hire industry will be confronted with extra costs under the Andrews Labor Government’s new Labour Hire Licensing Act 2018.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has opposed the labour hire licensing scheme since it was announced by the Government last year, as the scheme will impose additional costs and red tape on business operating in the sector.


Local business first Bill means more work for Victorian businesses

Victorian businesses are set to benefit from a new Bill introduced into Parliament that will mandate minimum local content on major Victorian projects and the use of local apprentices, trainees and cadets.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM welcomed the announcement and highlighted the importance of using government expenditure to boost demand from local businesses.


Business community farewells Dr Butlin, Victoria’s Red Tape Commissioner

After many productive years working with the business community, Dr Mathew Butlin is finishing his term as Victoria’s Red Tape Commissioner.

Dr Butlin has investigated and improved red tape issues for business in transport, building, commercial fishing, food and beverage services, and earth resources.


A pure gold contribution to Victoria’s tourism industry

After 15 years of remarkable leadership, Jeremy Johnson is retiring from his role as Sovereign Hill Chief Executive Officer.

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry congratulates Mr Johnson for his contribution and dedication to regional Victoria and the Victorian business community.

Under Mr Johnson’s leadership, Sovereign Hill has played a significant role in driving economic growth in Ballarat and regional Victoria. An independent study found that Sovereign Hill contributed $259.9 million and 1,665 jobs to the Victorian economy in 2015-16.


Time to celebrate Victoria’s manufacturing excellence

Members of the business community gathered in Melbourne last night at the 2018 Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards to celebrate and recognise the leadership and innovation of Victorian companies.

Victoria’s manufacturing sector has significant achievements to celebrate. The sector contributes $27.7 billion to the Victorian economy and has seen 13 months of consecutive growth for the first time in a decade.


An independent Parks Victoria to strengthen tourism economy

Victoria will benefit from a more independent Parks Victoria with expanded functions and powers to manage and protect the state’s natural assets. 

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the passage of the Parks Victoria Bill 2018 in Parliament today.

The new legislation will make Parks Victoria a statutory authority. It will provide the agency with direct land management powers and clearer responsibilities to better manage Victoria’s national parks and other reserves.


Business community welcomes election of Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM today congratulated newly elected Lord Mayor Sally Capp on her win in the City of Melbourne by-election.

Mr Stone said the interests of business had featured strongly in the by-election campaign so it was no surprise that a pro-business candidate could capture the support of so many voters.

“Ms Capp is well-known to the business community through her previous senior roles with the Property Council of Victoria and the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.


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