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.


Federal Budget improves Victoria’s share of national infrastructure spend

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomes the investment in Victorian infrastructure in the 2018-19 Federal Budget.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM said the budget builds on the strong outcomes for Victorian business delivered in last week’s Victorian budget.

“Importantly, the federal budget demonstrates responsible economic management with a projected return to surplus in 2019-20.”


Varied business confidence reinforces need for pro-business policies in forthcoming State Budget

Strong business confidence among metropolitan based businesses during the first quarter of 2018 masks wide variations in trading performance and sentiment across different industries and locations according to the latest Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Business Trends and Prospects Survey.

The March quarter survey found that more than 40% of business owners in Melbourne expect business conditions to improve over the next twelve months. However, in regional Victoria, only 28% are as confident.


Infrastructure, training and tax cuts lead State Budget boost for Victorian business

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry today welcomes the major investments in infrastructure, training and regional tax relief contained in the 2018/19 State Budget.

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chief Executive Mark Stone AM said it is pleasing to see many of the Victorian Chamber’s recommendations taken up in this State Budget.

“The pro-business initiatives provide a boost to Victoria’s 590,000 businesses and create new employment, investment and trade opportunities.


Victorian Chamber Welcomes $5 billion Melbourne Airport Rail Link Contribution

The Victorian Chamber welcomes the Turnbull Government’s $5 billion funding commitment to bring forward the construction of a Melbourne Airport rail link. 

Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Executive Director Dugald Murray said a Melbourne Airport rail link has been a longstanding priority of the Victorian Chamber.


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