News

23 May
Increased funding for business energy audits and upgrades

Is your business struggling with increased energy costs?

The Victorian Government’s Energy Assessment Grants have recently been increased.

Provided through Sustainability Victoria (SV), there are three types of energy efficiency grants available for business:

  • Basic energy assessment grant

Up to $2,000 towards the cost of a basic energy assessment and a further $3,000 bonus to implement energy efficiency actions. This is recommended for businesses spending between $20,000 to $50,000 on energy per annum.

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23 May
New Victorian long service leave legislation

The Victorian Parliament recently passed the Long Service Leave Act 2018 which will come into effect on 1 October 2018, replacing the current Long Service Leave Act 1992.

The new act updates and modernises Victorian long service leave laws.

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23 May
CEO of Tourism Australia to speak at Vic Tourism Conference

John O’Sullivan, CEO of Tourism Australia, is the newest speaker to be announced for the 2018 Vic Tourism Conference. Held at the newly redeveloped RACV Cape Schanck Resort this July, the two-day conference will bring together the best minds in tourism, events and beyond for two dynamic days of dialogue, adventure, connection and knowledge.

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23 May
Are you ready to get started with workplace health and safety?

This month, WorkSafe Victoria has reported a work-related fatality and a range of convictions and fines relating to workplace health and safety incidents. The convictions include:

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23 May
Order to stop bullying revoked by the Fair Work Commission as employee is no longer employed

An employee made an application to the Fair Work Commission (“Commission”) for an order to stop bullying on 27 August 2017. The application was listed for a conference on 22 September 2017. At the time of the conference the employee was medically unfit for work. The application remained unresolved. The Commission directed a further conference would be listed once the employee was medically fit.

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11 May
From the Executive - 11 May 2018

Last week, the Victorian Chamber presented its fourth consecutive post-budget lunch with the Treasurer of Victoria, Tim Pallas MP.

The day after handing down the 2018/19 State Budget, the Treasurer outlined key features and impacts on business competitiveness, jobs and investment, to over 350 members of the business community.

The Budget was well received by the Victorian Chamber due to its many pro-business initiatives, which will provide a boost to Victoria’s 590,000 businesses and create new employment, investment and trade opportunities.

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10 May
Make May Mental Health Awareness Month

With 1 in 5 Australians experiencing mental illness in any given year, issues surrounding the mental health of employees is fast becoming a concern for Australian businesses.

To encourage Victorian businesses to increase their awareness of mental health issues and support their managers and employees to create a mentally healthy workplace, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is offering 20% off a selection of its mental health training courses, including:

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10 May
Federal and State budgets deliver for Victoria

May is budget season with the Victorian and Federal budgets handed down. Both will benefit Victorian business.

Road and rail infrastructure featured strongly in both budgets. Combined, almost $50 billion will go towards a number of Victorian Chamber priorities and other infrastructure projects, including the Airport Rail link and the North East Link.

Infrastructure highlights include:

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09 May
The 2018 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards are now open!

The Premier’s Sustainability Awards acknowledge and celebrate outstanding achievements in the sustainable use of Victoria’s resources through innovation and sustainable practices. This is a great opportunity for you to highlight your business’ commitment to sustainability.

There are the ten categories in this year’s Awards program and we encourage you to apply: 

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09 May
Business director found to be covered by award – protected by unfair dismissal

The Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) has ruled that a Director of Asset Management, employed by a commercial real estate agency earning more than the high-income threshold, was covered by a modern award and therefore protected from unfair dismissal.

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