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Industry consultations supposed to shape path out of pandemic

A comprehensive program of consultation between the Victorian Government and business and industry continued today as the state embarks on the next steps along the path to re-opening.

Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford chaired two roundtables with leaders from bodies representing thousands of businesses in sectors ranging from retail to construction and meat processing.

“We’re on the road out of this pandemic together and it’s important that all voices are heard – business and industry will play a key role as we move with purpose towards a re-opening of the economy,” said Minister for Small Business Jaala Pulford.

Victoria’s Roadmap to Deliver the National Plan released on Sunday sets out key vaccination thresholds based on public health advice that will trigger greater freedoms while guarding against our hospitals becoming overrun.

Elements including vaccination requirements for selected industries will be finalised progressively as we move to 70 per cent, and then 80 per cent vaccination, and engagement with employer groups and unions will be an important part of these processes.

Leaders from the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Australian Industry Group, the Victorian Trades Hall Council, the Master Builders Association, the Property Council, the Australian Hotels Association and the Victoria Tourism Industry Council were among the peak bodies invited to today’s roundtables.

Invitations were also extended to the Australian Retailers Association, Kinaway Chamber of Commerce, the Australian Meat industry Council and the Australian Hairdressing Council, among other bodies.

Industry specific roundtables will also be scheduled, taking in sectors such as tourism, building and construction, retail, hospitality and creative industries.

Financial support for Victorian businesses will continue as we move steadily and with a clear plan towards re-opening, including up to $2.34 billion in a package jointly-funded by the Victorian and Commonwealth governments for September.

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