06 Jun
Small construction businesses: how can regulations affecting your business be reformed?

The Victorian Government has launched a Small Business Regulation Review into the State’s construction and building sector. The review is designed to cut red tape and improve the experience small businesses have with key industry regulators including Energy Safe Victoria, the Environmental Protection Authority Victoria, the Victorian Building Authority and WorkSafe.

The review calls for submissions and input from small construction businesses on their experience with regulators and suggestions on what the Government can do to help businesses save time and create jobs.


25 May
From the Chief Executive - 25 May 2018

Last week, the Victorian Chamber was delighted to congratulate newly elected the Rt Hon Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp on her win in the City of Melbourne by-election.


23 May
New labour hire laws returning to Parliament

The Labour Hire Licensing Bill 2017 is expected to return to the Legislative Council shortly, after passing in the Victorian Parliament’s Legislative Assembly this February.

The Victorian Chamber does not support the introduction of a new licensing scheme as it will impose significant costs on many compliant firms operating in the sector. There is already significant regulation of labour hire under existing laws – we need is better enforcement of these laws, not a new licencing scheme that will cost jobs.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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.


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.


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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