Victoria rolls out 2022 election platform to power state’s future

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The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has announced the launch of Powering Victoria’s Future, the state’s 2022 election platform. 

The platform was developed through a year of extensive consultation with businesses across a wide range of sectors around Victoria. 

“We have listened closely to businesses across Victoria and we will advocate for their priorities to power Victoria’s future. Business has kept us moving forward over the past two and half years and it must now play a leading role in our recovery and future prosperity,” said Paul Guerra, chief executive of the Victorian chamber.  

The consultation involved metropolitan and regional roundtable meetings, focus groups, member surveys, as well as the 2021 Victorian Summit. 

The State Election Platform includes 61 recommendations covering four key pillars, which are namely: strengthening Victoria’s jobs and skills, making Victoria the best state to operate a business, driving the state’s economy, and fostering Regional Victoria. 

The recommendations include establishing a standardised microcredential framework to enable the rapid reskilling and upskilling of the workforce and committing to the goal of zero youth unemployment by 2026. 

The platform also recommends the establishment of a 10-year Victorian Manufacturing Strategy aimed at boosting the state’s local manufacturing in existing and emerging industries. 

“Businesses are the heart of Victoria’s communities. They provide economic growth, jobs, support and vibrancy. When business does well, Victoria does well and our communities thrive,” Guerra said in his statement.