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07 Dec
From the Chief Executive - 7 December 2018

Last week, we congratulated the Hon Daniel Andrews MP and the Victorian Labor party on their success in the 2018 State Election. We look forward to a public-private partnership of growth and prosperity with the State Government, over the next four years. 

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06 Dec
ASA celebrates 20 years of apprenticeship and traineeship support in Victoria

This year, Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA) is marking its milestone 20-year anniversary. Since inception, it has helped more than 275,000 Victorians enter an apprenticeship or traineeship and launch their careers.

ASA offers free, easily accessible and quality services throughout Victoria, from Warrnambool to Sale and in every suburb of Melbourne.

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04 Dec
New grant for cyber security health checks

The Australian Government’s new Cyber Security Small Business Program launched this week. The program provides businesses with 19 or fewer employees with a grant of up to $2,100 for a certified small business cyber security health check to determine business risk and areas that need attention.

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04 Dec
Industrial Manslaughter headed for Victorian OHS Law?

According to commitments Daniel Andrews made in May this year the recently re-elected Labour government intends to introduce the industrial manslaughter offence to the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004. This commitment included Australia's potential highest maximum work safety fine of more than $16 million.

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04 Dec
Delivery rider ruled to be an employee, can access unfair dismissal

The Fair Work Commission has established a Foodora delivery rider was engaged as an employee, rather than an independent contractor as claimed by the business, who subsequently had access to unfair dismissal.

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04 Dec
Demotion of Projects Co-ordinator constitutes dismissal

A Projects Co-ordinator who was demoted to a boilermaker position following alleged performance deterioration has been found to be unfairly dismissed. This case highlights how demotion of an employee, involving significant reductions in duties or remuneration, may constitute a termination of employment, leaving businesses vulnerable to successful claims of unfair dismissal and potential compensation payments.  

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23 Nov
Focus on safety in the festive season

In the last two weeks there has been significant media coverage of two tragic workplace fatalities involving a high voltage explosion at a Latrobe Valley Power Station and a young worker’s death in a confined space in Melbourne.

As the festive season approaches, the pace and urgency of business increases in the busy lead up to Christmas, holidays and scheduled shutdowns for repairs and preventative maintenance.

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23 Nov
From the Chief Executive - 23 November 2018

Tomorrow, Victorians will line-up to cast their vote and decide who will lead our state for the next four years.

The Victorian Chamber encourages you to vote for a party that will back business and grow jobs. On your ballot paper, make sure you put a major party first. A minority government can cause political chaos and uncertainty for Victoria, only a major party can deliver on their promises. 

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22 Nov
Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce

The Victorian Government has announced an Inquiry into the Victorian on-demand workforce.

The inquiry, chaired by former Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James, will investigate the extent of the on-demand sector and the status of people working with or for on-line companies or platforms in Victoria. It will also examine contracting arrangements, and whether these are being used to avoid workplace laws and other statutory obligations.

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19 Nov
Victorian Chamber's top tips for navigating the festive season

With the end of 2018 quickly approaching many businesses are in the midst of organising workplace celebrations and Christmas close down.

Workplace functions

While enjoying the season, celebrating success and rewarding high performance are all high on the priority list so too should employee safety and reinforcing appropriate conduct. Businesses should consider their strategy for mitigating adverse outcomes. Below are some top tips for navigating the festive season:

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