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10 Jul
Chief Executive Update: Construction protest highlights need for inquiry

The protest by construction unions and workers against the State Government’s new Code of Practice for the Building and Construction Industry highlights the need for an inquiry into the cost of construction in Victoria.

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25 Jun
Carbon Column: ACCC launches Carbon Price Claims Hotline

With less than a month to go before the carbon tax begins, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched a Carbon Price Claims Hotline. The hotline will make it easier for consumers and businesses to complain if they suspect false or misleading carbon price claims have been made.

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25 Jun
The Hamer Scholarships Program – Study Chinese in Jiangsu Province, China

The Victorian Government’s Hamer Scholarships program enables you to improve your skills and prospects by studying Chinese in Jiangsu Province, China.

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25 Jun
Investing in Manufacturing Technology grants available

Grants of up to $250,000 are available under the Investing in Manufacturing Technology (IMT) grants scheme to assist businesses in purchasing and integrating new technologies into their operations.

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25 Jun
Reducing red tape – Where is change needed? We want to hear from you!

Victorian Chamber members consistently tell us that regulation reform is a key priority for their business. As a result of Victorian Chamber’s efforts, specific reforms have been achieved in occupational health and safety, liquor licensing, food handling and other key areas.

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25 Jun
New website helps employees to call last drinks

Most Victorians – and therefore, most employees – drink alcohol at least occasionally. Research tells us a fairly large proportion of us drink too much, at least some of the time. And for employers, these drinking habits can be a big problem. As well as the potential effect on an employee’s health and wellbeing, alcohol use can lead directly to absenteeism or reduce a worker’s productivity at work.
 A recent VicHealth review found loss of productivity in sick days, and where workers turn up hung-over, is costing businesses $3.5 billion every year.

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25 Jun
2012 WorkSafe Awards – Celebrating employer commitment to workplace health

The 2012 WorkSafe Awards now include recognition of employer commitment to workplace health and wellbeing. Through the promotion of WorkHealth checks and consultation on WorkHealth grants and funding, Victorian Chamber has been involved with five of the 34 nominated programs.
One nominated employer is Parmalat Rowville, which processes and packages milk products. With a holistic approach to both health and safety, the program makes great business sense.

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25 Jun
Improving your business’s cash flow

It’s common for small businesses to have periodic issues with cash flow and the consequences can be severe – a lack of cash flow can lead to short-term debts not being paid on time, credit being denied and, ultimately, business failure. Challenging conditions have put further pressure on cash flow levels for small businesses, however there are methods of improving cash flow even during tough economic times.
Many issues with cash flow can be resolved through planning and forecasting.

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25 Jun
Business tips – Learning how to say ‘no’ at work

We all want to do our best to help out others at work, but you’re at risk of running out of time and energy if you accept every request that comes your way. Saying ‘no’ to an ill-conceived idea can also prevent resources being wasted. Read on to learn how to decline a request without causing offence.
Never instantly use the phrase ‘I’m too busy’
When someone asks you to complete a task that you feel you don’t have time for, don’t rush to a conclusion and tell the other person you’re too busy.

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25 Jun
Fair Work Act review must bring meaningful change

Reports that the Federal Government has now received the results of the Fair Work Act review and is aiming to respond within the next few months are welcomed by Victorian Chamber but it will be the strength of the response that will be of significance for Victorian Chamber members.
To date there has been an apparent unwillingness by the Federal Government to entertain the notion that improvements could be made to the Act.

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