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VECCI News and Updates

The Victorian Parliament has passed the Workplace Injury, Rehabilitation and Compensation (WIRC) Act, which will come into force on 1st July 2014.  Read the following link for more information-

VECCI – Fair Work Act – Update on the Latest Changes Briefings (BRE7543)

Make sure your business is equipped to minimise the risks associated with changes to workplace laws.

Have you done all you can to manage the changes and how they apply to your workplace?

Attend this briefing to find out about the changes to your obligations, including when they started to apply, and how to manage the changes.

This briefing will cover:

•    overview of the changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)
•    update on the new bullying laws
•    unfair dismissals
•    general protections
•    proposed changes to the Act.

Follow the link for more information on briefing dates and venues –

L.E.A.N Your Business – Lead, Energize and Nurture

L.E.A.N is a free training program to improve business by increasing efficiency through introducing lean management principles and building a more cohesive workforce. which would be run from July to December 2014.

ARCC in partnership with Nth Grampians Shire, ARBA, StawellBiz and Federation University, are inviting Expressions of Interest from small and medium businesses in the Grampians Region, offering a unique opportunity to join a free training and mentoring program to improve their energy and labour efficiency.

Please Note: This program invites participants from manufacturing and hospitality businesses in the Grampians region to explore options and develop business plans to improve business efficiency.

The excellent Program outcomes are to:
 Understand and reduce business costs by analysing expenses associated with energies and materials

 Increase productivity

 Identify opportunities to improve efficiency

 Develop a business plan for each business for energy/materials efficiency initiatives

There is no cost to your organisation but there will be a necessity to limit numbers to make the the process viable and deliverable.  

Please contact John Watson, Business Development Officer, ARCC

Telephone – 5355 0250 or email –




VECCI – Apprenticeships Changes from 1 January 2014

On 22 August 2013, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down a decision with significant changes to an apprentice’s term and conditions of employment

VECCI invites you to join one of several briefings across Victoria, including webinars which will discuss the key implications for businesses following this decision.

This briefing will provide an essential overview of the changes affecting businesses employing apprentices commencing on or after 1 January 2014. VECCI members can register for only $50 and non members for $75.

What will be covered?

  • Increased wages for first and second year apprentices
  • Additional increase for apprentices who have completed year 12
  • Increased coverage and entitlements for adult apprentices
  • Increased coverage for school-based apprentices
  • Introduction of ‘competency based’ progression
  • Conditions of employment

Date                        Location
Tuesday 10 December East Melbourne
Tuesday 10 December Warrnambool
Tuesday 10 December Geelong
Wednesday 11 December Ballarat
Wednesday 11 December Bendigo
Thursday 12 December Narre Warren
Thursday 12 December Shepparton
Thursday 12 December Wodonga
Monday 16 December Derrimut
Tuesday 17 December East Melbourne
Wednesday 18 December Cranbourne
Wednesday 18 December Traralgon
Tuesday 14 January East Melbourne

Telephone to register for above dates and locations – 03 8662 5333



Facebook Training

On Monday 7th October we had some valuable training on the benefits of Facebook use for businesses. It was hosted by John Watson from the ARCC and the course was presented by Rachel Kinscher, Director of Visionary Group.

It was based on how to create a Facebook page, how to promote your business, interact and engage and how to get the most out of being creative and active on this social forum.

This is certainly the way most businesses add the extra dimension to marketing and reaching a much wider client base out there.

For those that have not yet come on board – take up the challenge and hop on!

Free Social Media Training

Not sure how to go about navigating your way around Social Media marketing?

Want to know more about Facebook and how it can help your business? 

“Find Me – Follow Me” could be the answer to all your questions!  Come and get tips on creating a great Facebook page, learn how to encourage interaction with local customers, promote your business and get the most out of Facebook.

These two training sessions are open to all Ararat businesses and are free!

To be held at the Ararat RSL on Monday 7 October 2013 at 1pm and the same session at 6pm.

ARBA wholly endorses this innovative training and encourages all businesses to be proactive and take advantage of this offer.

To book please contact John at or 03-5355 0250