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19 Jan
New export support grants announced plus more…

‘Boost your Business’ Voucher program

Are you looking for funding to develop international markets, develop or commercialise a new product or boost your business capabilities? The Victorian Government has just released a brand new group of grants under the name ‘Boost your Business’.

The first round of grants open on Monday 29 January and close Friday 2 March so get in quick as it is a competitive process.

There are four streams within the program:

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19 Jan
Fair Work Commission Rules in favour of employer for dismissing an employee for sharing explicit content

A Coles Supermarket employee summarily dismissed for breaching the Code of Conduct by sending inappropriate messages to his manager has had his unfair dismissal claim rejected.

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19 Jan
New Labour Hire Licensing Bill introduced to Parliament

The Victorian Government recently introduced the Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017, which includes a new licensing scheme for Victorian labour hire operators.

The Victorian Chamber does not support the introduction of a new licensing scheme as it will impose significant costs on the majority of compliant firms operating in the sector.

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19 Jan
From the Chief Executive - 19 January 2018

The New Year is well underway and so is planning for the year ahead. With businesses returning from their summer breaks, January provides a good opportunity to plan and set new goals for 2018. 

Here at the Victorian Chamber I am delighted to announce two new people to the Victorian Chamber executive team this year.

Dugald Murray is the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s new Executive Director Public Policy and Corporate Affairs and Felicia Mariani is the new Chief Executive of the Victoria Tourism Industry Council.

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21 Dec
From the Chief Executive - 21 December 2017

Last week the Victorian Chamber released the summer edition of our online Business Excellence magazine, which has a special focus on the future of Victoria and what may lie in store over the next 10 or 20 years and beyond. If you are yet to view this issue, I encourage you to log on and read some of the insightful articles, including features from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and Leader of the Opposition Matthew Guy. 

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21 Dec
Significant decision on the use of fixed-term contracts

A recent Full Bench decision of the Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”) found an employee’s employment had been terminated at the initiative of the employer when his fixed term contract was not renewed beyond its expiry date. The direct consequence of the finding is the employee is now able to pursue a claim for unfair dismissal even though his fixed term contract expired according to the agreed end date.

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21 Dec
GPS data discrepancies grounds for summary dismissal

An employer, who summarily dismissed a worker for timesheet and GPS data discrepancies, has successfully defended an unfair dismissal claim in the Fair Work Commission (the “Commission”).

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21 Dec
Gender Equality Legislation – What will it mean for your business?

The Victorian Government has committed to developing gender equality legislation and is currently consulting with businesses and the community on what they would like included in the legislation and how it might be rolled out.

The commitment is part of the Victorian Government’s Safe and Strong Gender Equality Strategy, released in 2016. 

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21 Dec
Government grants - new rounds of funding announced

New Energy Jobs Fund

Round 3 of the Victorian Government’s New Energy Jobs Fund is open for applications.

Grant funding of between $50,000 and $1 million is available with applications closing at 2pm on 1 March 2018.

Projects must focus on new energy technology and may include physical projects, innovative business and finance models, and projects that address skills gaps in the sector.

Funding is available to support projects in two streams:

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19 Dec
Interrupted Attention and Workplace Safety

The problem.

Every evening we watch the television news and see and hear about vehicle accidents that were caused by drivers who were distracted, most often using their mobile telephones.  We also see on our TV screens videos of drivers using their mobile telephones to either make or take a call or to text whilst driving.  We all know the risks of driving and using our mobile telephones but many, if not most of us, still do it.

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