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From the Chief Executive - 12 October 2018

Submitted on Friday, 12th October 2018

Last week, the Victorian Chamber was proud to launch the spring issue of our Business Excellence magazine. This education, skills and training-themed edition, titled Knowledge is Power, features insights from Victorian Ministers and Shadow Ministers on their election priorities surrounding skills shortages and traineeships, as well as a special interview with the Victorian Skills Commissioner regarding progression of our state’s TAFE sector and VET system.

The spring edition also includes the successes of the Victorian Chamber’s Internship Program, highlights from our Business Election Luncheon series, photos from this year’s President’s Dinner, our ignite+VU event and much more. I encourage you to read a copy online, today.

This week, the Victorian Chamber was delighted to welcome over 150 guests to the third event in our ignite innovation series, hosted in partnership with Deakin University at the Waurn Ponds campus, Geelong.

The event brought together businesses, researchers, academics, investors, industry collaborators and innovation lovers to hear from AI experts from Deakin University on this revolutionary field of research. Thank you to our major sponsors – CSIRO and the Victorian Government – and to our university partners for supporting the initiative to enhance collaboration between business and research. Highlights from the event will be available on our YouTube channel next week.

In other news, the Victorian Chamber was pleased by the recent announcement from the Victorian Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy MP, to transform Victoria’s passenger rail network into a European-style rail network.

Regional high-speed rail infrastructure will connect regional workers and businesses, cutting travel times and creating more liveable cities and towns. Improved connectivity in the regions was a key finding of the Victorian Chamber’s Transport Taskforce, and as a priority for business, is a part of our 2018 election platform, Stronger Business, Stronger Victoria.

This fortnight, our Stronger Business, Stronger Victoria election campaign focused on trade. Far too many Victorian businesses are missing out on the opportunity to reach overseas markets – with less than 3% of our businesses currently exporting.

That’s why we are calling on the next State Government to triple the number of exporting businesses in Victoria by 2025. Exporting needs to be more accessible for small and medium businesses in our state. We have received some great coverage on this major priority in the Herald Sun and significant reach through our social media channels.

On a final note, we are nearing the end of our highly successful Business Election Luncheons – designed to connect MPs and local member businesses in key electorates across Victoria ahead of the State Election. This month we were delighted to be joined by Premier of Victoria, the Hon Daniel Andrews MP, the Hon David Hodgett MP and Daniel Mulino MP, and we look forward to hosting our final event in the series on 25 October, with Danny O'Brien MP from The Nationals Party.

Mark Stone AM

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