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06 Aug
Businesses are missing out – let’s ignite collaboration

Evidence shows that when businesses collaborate with researchers, they more than triple their likelihood of annual productivity growth.

Unfortunately, Australia is last on the list of OECD countries when we measure business-research collaboration in a global scale. Many other countries do collaboration much better than us – and their economies benefit.

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03 Aug
From the Chief Executive - 3 August 2018

I’m delighted to report that our July Government Grants briefing sessions were very successful and as a result, most businesses who attended the briefings are now considering applying for a grant in near future.

Businesses are usually interested in applying for Government Grants but are often not sure what’s available to them. That’s why we created the briefing sessions. Supported by Bank of Melbourne and AusIndustry, they are designed to help Victorian businesses identify grants available to them and be better equipped to write a successful application.

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02 Aug
Victorian Small Business Festival kicks off in August

The Festival is held throughout August with events across metropolitan and regional Victoria, the Victoria Small Business Festival is an annual curated events program providing ideas, information and networking opportunities to start, operate and grow a business.

Presented by the Victorian Government, all events are low-cost or free and cover a wide range of topics such as business planning, marketing, social media, networking and financial management.

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01 Aug
New legislation with strong implications for business before Parliament

With only 12 sitting days left until the 2018 State Election, the Victorian Parliament has turned its attention to two important legislative proposals that will have important implications for Victorian business.

The Victorian Government is seeking to put local jobs first with legislation that will mandate minimum local content on major Victorian projects. The government is also proposing new environmental protection laws to strengthen risk management practices for preventing waste and pollution.

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01 Aug
Contractor management and OHS – getting it right!

On Friday 13 July 2018 a free-range egg producer in Navarre near Stawell was convicted and fined $230,000.00 following the death of a contractor in an incident which involved a front end loader. The company, Grampians Free Range Poultry, pleaded guilty in the Horsham County Court to contravening section 26 of the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act, 2004, by failing to provide a workplace that was safe and without risk to health.

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01 Aug
Inflexibility towards Pilates classes leads to successful unfair dismissal

The Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) has recently determined an employee who was summarily dismissed for refusing to sign a new employment contract was unfairly dismissed.

The employee, an Online Campaign Manager, was dismissed by the online digital marketing agency (“Business”) on 6 November 2017, when they contested changes sought to be introduced into the terms and conditions of employment.

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01 Aug
Family and domestic violence leave model clause added to modern awards

The Fair Work Commission has released 123 determinations varying all modern awards to include the model term for unpaid family and domestic violence leave from the first full pay period that starts on or after 1 August 2018.

The entitlement has the following features:

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20 Jul
From the Chief Executive - 20 July 2018

Today, the Victorian Chamber was delighted to welcome almost 300 people to the second of our ignite innovation series, hosted in partnership with Victoria University (VU) at the MCG.

The event brought together businesses, researchers, academics, investors, industry collaborators and innovation lovers to learn about sports science and explore how a partnership with VU can help get projects off the ground.

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19 Jul
Energy cost relief on the way? An update on the National Energy Guarantee and energy market reform

After years of increasing energy costs and concerns about declining reliability and energy security, it looks like there is some good news for the business community, as energy wholesale prices are forecast to fall.

The ASX gas and electricity futures show future declines in Victorian wholesale electricity prices and a levelling off of Victorian wholesale gas prices (chart above).

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18 Jul
Enterprise bargaining Full Bench decision – a further BOOT for employers

A recent five-member Full Bench decision delivered a ruling affirming that the BOOT (“Better Off Overall Test”) will apply to each and every employee, on an individual basis. EVERY individual employee must be ‘Better Off Overall’.

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