Future-proofing Victorian business | Brimbank & North West

In its 2022-23 federal budget presentation, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry identified access to an international skilled workforce, addressing cost-of-living constraints and building a “world-class” cargo terminal as priorities. for businesses in Victoria.

In a statement, the chamber said that, as the state’s leading industry body, it represented more than 65,000 members and clients, and advocated for better conditions for Victorian businesses.

“[The] the presentation captures 24 recommendations and priorities under the twin themes of activating victorian businesses and building for our future. They prioritize targeted support for businesses, upskilling and training, investment in infrastructure and manufacturing, and lowering the cost of doing business,” the chamber said.

“These recommendations would help future-proof our economy and provide the right conditions for businesses to thrive and help our economy rebuild after the pandemic.”

The chamber identified its priorities through roundtable discussions, member surveys, and independent focus groups.

They include:

• Allow more flexibility in visa conditions for migrant workers, so they can work in other areas of need when there is a pressing demand

• Recognize more foreign qualifications, work experience and training of migrant workers, particularly in areas with critical skills shortages.

• Reward international workers who have worked in Australia on priority migration and employee-sponsored skilled occupation visas for direct pathways to permanent residence

• Change the duration of the post-study visa for international students from two to four years to a minimum of four years to encourage the industry to invest in international talent

• Fund the Western Interstate Freight Terminal to revitalize the industry, create jobs in Victoria and cement Victoria’s place as Australia’s leading freight hub

• Provide interim income tax relief to encourage more Australians to work second jobs and keep more businesses running.

• Negotiate a national approach to payroll taxes to create a consistent, job-friendly payroll tax threshold

• Provide a national roadmap on how Australia makes an effective transition to renewable energy to businesses so they can plan and begin the transition to clean energy.

• Introduce a subsidy for industries transitioning to clean hydrogen as a primary energy source to drive the clean energy transition.

Victoria Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive Paul Guerra said the apex body played a “vital role” in championing what businesses need to thrive in a “COVID Normal Victoria”.

“This will be a critical budget for Victoria as we look to fuel our economic recovery. These recommendations are based on direct feedback from businesses, which have been the heart and soul of our economy and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“These recommendations would help prepare Victoria for the future, giving our industries the edge they need to propel us to the top position in industry, technology, infrastructure, education, tourism and the economy, and lead the rest. states by example.

“The Western Intermodal Freight Terminal will not only provide greater access to the world for Victorian exporters, but also for exporters across Australia, while allowing for a smoother delivery of imports. It is an essential piece of infrastructure that will drive economic growth.

“This introduction provides an opportunity to restore Victoria’s status as an economic powerhouse and Melbourne’s mantle as the world’s most liveable city by enabling businesses to lead our recovery and growth.”

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