MCC Quarterly Update April - June 2019
27 June 2019

Quarterly update April-June 2019

Dear Members

The Melbourne Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is constantly on the lookout for new opportunities.

Recently, we launched an EOI for members to participate in our inaugural USA Best Practice Super Tour, proposed for 15-25 April 2020. We have extended the EOI until the end of June, so please let us know if you or a colleague would like to participate. Thanks to those who have already responded. The latest itinerary can be viewed via this link.

This quarter we warmly welcome WTFN Entertainment to the membership group; a hard-working, creative team (producers of Bondi Vet and The Living Room) whom we’re sure you will all enjoy getting to know.

We encourage you to stay in touch with us via your Relationship Manager, and by joining our social media conversations via Twitter @Melb_Chamb and LinkedIn.

Dianne Smith
Dianne Smith


The Federal election results were a surprise to many; instead of a universal swing to Labor, there was a swing to the Government and the Coalition has been comfortably returned.

Prime Minister Morrison has announced the composition of his new Ministry and Labor has formally announced its new leadership team. Changes to Shadow Ministry include the appointments of Shadow Treasurer Dr Jim Chalmers, and Shadow Finance Minister Katy Gallagher among others.

For our members this generally means more of the same. The Government’s agenda is familiar, and we anticipate it will begin quickly implementing commitments like business tax reform. However, the Senate remains challenging with a continuing minority government. The first test for the Government will likely be its income tax cut package when Parliament returns in the first week of July.

We will look ahead and work constructively with both the Government and Opposition to develop and support policies that will make Australia a better place to do business, to benefit all Australians.

Our national campaign, Small Business is a Big Deal, had a significant influence on election promises. This collaborative campaign, which featured data and campaign tools based on a data-driven engagement platform will now be used by our network more often to promote and advocate more issues relevant to business.

At the state level, the Andrews Government delivered the first budget of its second term. Following consistent advocacy, the Victorian Chamber (VCCI) was pleased to see the budget include an increase in the payroll tax threshold to $700,000 by 2022-23 and reduction of the regional payroll tax rate to 1.21 per cent over the same period. Regional Victoria also benefits from the adoption of VCCI’s recommendation for a 50 per cent stamp duty concession for commercial and industrial property transactions in the regions.

To view more of VCCI’s key results for business, click here.

There were also wins for the State’s tourism operators; you can read VTIC’s media release to view more State Budget outcomes for the tourism sector.



Universities are an important part of our membership and I am pleased to be the project lead for the Victorian Chamber’s innovation event series, ignite, which fosters collaboration between businesses and universities.

The fifth event in this series was recently presented by RMIT University on 3 May with nearly 180 attendees learning about the growing Social Economy. This was RMIT University’s second edition of ignite and the Academic speaker panel was complemented by Emma King from VCOSS. The next ignite will be at Victoria University on 19 July on Mental Health. Videos and details on forthcoming ignite events are located here:

If you haven’t read it, the ignite digital magazine has recently been published. You can read it online here, and also in a Mandarin version.


It was a pleasure to host members on a Best Practice Tour of the Yarra Valley Water (YVW) – Food to Waste facility in Wollert, led by MD, Pat McCafferty, which is one of three facilities in Australia.

The anaerobic food waste treatment process converts food waste to energy and the product is a nutrient rich fertiliser.

For the fourth time, we hosted a Mercedes Benz Best Practice Experience Drive Day at Sandown Park. It was a spectacular morning for driving with informed and delighted participants.

The MCC team loves visiting members on-site so let us know what you’re achieving, and we’ll come see for ourselves!


Two expert-led network groups were facilitated for MCC members, led by Phil Lovelock on OHS & Worker’s Compensation and Hugh Horsfall on the topic of Industrial Manslaughter.

MCC members, via our VCCI colleagues, were able to participate for the first time as a member of the Implementation Taskforce advising the government on the implementation of these laws. Our members’ input contributed to our advice to government to help ensure that any new laws are fair, proportionate and focussed on safety.

Our usual, quarterly meetings for the Occupational Health and Safety and Workers’ Compensation Working Groups continue in the second half of the year and we will be conducting further Workplace Relations briefings for your benefit.

Please get in touch if you, or your HR professionals, would like to be included on these invitations.


With our upcoming Victorian Chamber Presents the Power of Purpose looking to be a popular event, the MCC is harnessing this opportunity to showcase the great CSR work undertaken by many of our members.

The ‘power of purpose’ is one of the hottest topics in the business world, and for a very good reason too. A business with a focussed purpose provides energy and deep loyalty among its staff and consumers. With a powerful purpose, not only will people in your business have a core goal for which to strive, but you also enlist the support of your wider audience with the same vision.

If you have a project or initiative that we can shout out on social media, and in the room, click here to email us so that we can highlight your organisation’s achievements during the breakfast. Of course, we love to hear what you’re achieving all the time, so keep us in the loop with all your great milestones.


  • The Chamber was the event presenter of the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Gala. Over 623 guests attended the event at Docklands hosted by star-MC, Virginia Trioli.
  • MCC members attended VCCI events, including the Business After Dark at Trinket and the Victorian Chamber Presents Rabia Siddique breakfast. Rabia inspired the crowd with her moving personal story to create their own ripples of change.
  • A pre-election breakfast with Josh Frydenberg MP gave members an insight in to the re-elected governments pre-election plans
  • Chamber members contributed to a workshop hosted by VCCI’s Hugh Horsfall regarding the State Government’s proposed Industrial Manslaughter workplace laws.
  • Our annual Post-Budget Luncheon with Tim Pallas MP was enjoyed by nearly 300 members and a strong state economy was presented.


Our calendar of events will be regularly updated throughout the year and provided to you. Some upcoming highlights include:

  • 26 June – Workplace Relations boardroom session Q2 – Election Update
  • 9 July – Business After Dark – The Hop Bar
  • 10 July – ACCI General Council Dinner – Zinc, Federation Square
  • 17 & 18 July – VTIC Tourism Conference: From Disruption to Excellence
  • 19 July – ignite+VU: Mental health – it’s on everyone’s mind
  • 24 July – Victorian Chamber Presents: The Power of Purpose
  • 25 July – Melbourne Chamber Members’ Cocktail Evening
  • 5 August – Leadership Luncheon with Martin Pakula MP
  • 8 August – VCCI Internships Cocktail Party
  • 15 August – President’s Dinner
  • 22 August – Leadership Luncheon with Jacinta Allan MP
  • 28 August – OHS & Workers Compensation Working Group – Q3
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