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16 Mar
From the Chief Executive - 16 March 2018

On 7 March the Victorian Chamber launched its 2018 State Election priorities, ‘Stronger Business Stronger Victoria,’ on the steps of Victoria’s Parliament House. In this we urge the next State Government to build on Victoria’s strong economic base to grow business and grow jobs.

Victoria’s 590,000 businesses contribute a quarter of the nation’s economic output and employ nearly 2.5 million people, making them the undoubted engine room of the State economy.

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15 Mar
Ignite your business

The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is leading the way in a ground-breaking collaboration with the State’s universities, CSIRO and the Victorian Government to promote and commercialise local innovations and ideas.

Ignite is a brand new series of ‘ted talk’ style events which will show your business how to engage with Victoria’s universities, providing examples of how this has been done in the past and the pathways for future collaboration.

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15 Mar
20th Annual Victorian Chamber Geelong Charity Geelong Golf Day Results

Thank you to all our Victorian Chamber members, customers and sponsors for once again supporting the Annual Vic Chamber Geelong Charity Golf Day at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links on Friday 23rd February, 2018.
James Gulli Vic Chamber Regional Manager welcomed a full field of eager golfers helping raise money for Kids Appeal -Geelong. The Barwon Health Foundation Kids Appeal will be raising funds for a brand new rehabilitation centre for Geelong children and youth.

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15 Mar
Absence of workplace agreement means ‘casual’ employee wins annual leave entitlements

The Federal Circuit Court of Australia (the “Court”) has declared a ‘casual’ employee of 15 years was in fact a full time permanent employee entitled to payment of accrued annual leave for the duration of his employment as well as a payment in lieu of notice

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15 Mar
Employee dismissed for breaches of policies and procedures

The Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) has recently determined an employee who presented for work with detectable levels of drugs in his system was not unfairly dismissed.

The employee worked at a mine and was primarily responsible for performing Charge-Up activities (the use of explosives for blasting in the mine). It was uncontested working in an underground mine is a hazardous work environment.

The employee was dismissed on 26 May 2017, after returning a non-negative result when completing a random drug test.

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14 Mar
Incident highlights the importance of effective safety management

A Keysborough concrete pumping contractor has been convicted and fined $500,000 after the death of a worker who was struck by a large section of tubing.

Specialised Concrete Pumping Victoria Pty Ltd pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to provide and maintain safe systems of work and one charge of failing to provide information, instruction, training or supervision under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.  The company was convicted and fined $250,000 for each charge.

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02 Mar
From the Chief Executive - 2 March 2018

The Victorian Chamber launched our 2018/19 State Budget submission this week. Our key message is that although Victoria is performing well, challenges to growth are also mounting and the Victorian Government must use the May Budget to support business and grow jobs.

The recommendations contained in our submission reflect the priorities of Victorian business and are designed to keep Victoria strong and growing.

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01 Mar
Poor record keeping leads to $120,000 penalty

The Federal Circuit Court (the Court) has ordered penalties of over $120,000 against a plumbing business and its owner after declaring a number of contraventions of the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act). The business was found to have breached a number of terms of their enterprise agreement, including the minimum rates of pay, failing to pay overtime and allowances, and failing to pay personal and annual leave including leave loading.

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01 Mar
Small business targeted in the Fair Work Ombudsman’s latest campaign

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) will shortly commence the first phase of their Workplace Basics Campaign, focussing on small business employers and their compliance with workplace obligations. A number of basic legislative requirements have been identified as areas of concern for small businesses, including base hourly rates, penalty rates and overtime, and record-keeping and pay slip requirements.

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01 Mar
Addressing family violence in the workplace

WorkSafe Victoria recently published an information sheet for employers and health and safety representatives (HSRs) to help them understand the impact of family violence in the workplace, and provide information on how to address it.

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