12 September 2018

Quarterly update April-June 2018

The second quarter of 2018 has offered an array of activities and events for Melbourne Chamber of Commerce (MCC) members, and I’m pleased to report on these on behalf of the team.

The second quarter of 2018 has offered an array of activities and events for Melbourne Chamber of Commerce (MCC) members, and I’m pleased to report on these on behalf of the team.

MCC members feature strongly in the first issue of the Victorian Chamber’s Business Excellence magazine for the year, which is now online.

I’d also like to officially welcome our newest team member, Daniel Mashta, to the MCC and his role as Relationship Manager. Daniel joins us from his role with the Victorian Chamber team and brings a wealth of knowledge regarding the Chamber’s products and services.

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.

Read on to find out more about the Melbourne Chamber’s activities over the last quarter.



New Members

We are pleased to welcome five new members to the MCC since our last update: La Trobe University, John Holland Group, Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Gallagher Bassett, and Yarra Valley Water.

You will have a great opportunity to meet them, as well as reconnect with other members at our Member Cocktail Evening (26 July, 85 Spring Street), and other upcoming events.

The diversity of these businesses is representative of the MCC member group at large, with nearly every industry sector group included. Our highest represented sector is the Financial & Insurance Services, which makes up 17 per cent of our members, followed by Education & Training at 12 per cent, and Transport at 9 per cent.

With such a diverse group of members, there are opportunities for you to connect across industry with MCC that cannot be found elsewhere.


I am proud to be leading ignite, a new initiative of the Victorian Chamber. ignite brings universities and business together with the aim of fostering research and business collaborations.

At the inaugural ignite event, held at MCC member, RMIT University on 16 May, over 270 guests heard from three leading RMIT experts, who highlighted the rapidly expanding opportunities arising from their breakthroughs in micro and nanotechnology. These were: Distinguished Professor Arnan Mitchell (who spoke about lab-on-a-chip research bringing together electronics, fluidics and light on a single integrated circuit), Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran (who described the development of transparent stretchable and wearable electronic devices) and Professor Leslie Yeo (who shared insights into the development of a revolutionary nebuliser for the delivery of life-saving cancer drugs and vaccines).

If you missed ignite+RMIT, you can view the talks on our YouTube channel and there are more events in the series, all of which are free for members.

The next event will be hosted by Victoria University on July 20, from 9am-11am in the MCG Dining Room. Four experts at ignite+VU will address the topic ‘Enhancing Human Performance through Innovations in Elite Sports.’

Celebrating Victorian manufacturing

At the Victorian Manufacturing Hall of Fame Awards on 28 May, two of our members were recognised for their contribution to Victoria’s manufacturing sector. Boeing Aerostructures Australia (category: Company Induction) and Bombardier Transportation (category: Transport Technologies). For a full list of finalists and winners, please refer to this link.

An additional award was introduced this year to recognise the achievements of women in manufacturing. I would like to acknowledge the inaugural and dual winners, Jill Walsh (Actco Pickering), and Vanessa Kearney (Viva Energy) and thank them for their trail-blazing efforts and contributions to a traditionally male-dominated sector. The Victorian Chamber was pleased to work in partnership with the State Government to deliver this year’s Awards.

Leadership luncheons

Melbourne Chamber recently hosted two boardroom-style Leadership Luncheons. Lyell Strambi, CEO and MD of Australian Pacific Airports Corporation, updated members on the roles, initiatives and ambitious capital expansion of Melbourne Airport.

The Hon Ben Carroll MP, Minister for Industry and Employment, set a high bar addressing approximately 30 questions, satisfying the guests’ keen interest in his portfolio within a comparatively short space of time.

Other events

Nearly 400 guests, including 150 MCC members, enjoyed an engaging event at Crown Palladium for Victorian Chamber Presents: Julie Bishop MP on 8 June.  The Minister for Foreign Affairs gave an informative and charismatic address on the Government’s international relations strategy and observations regarding the current geopolitical climate.

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival – Premium Hospitality

On 18 April, MCC members were invited to participate in Crawl ‘n’ Bite, a unique experience tailored for our members by the 2018 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, presented by Bank of Melbourne.

Providing a sneak peek into Melbourne’s internationally renowned culinary scene, the bespoke event centred around four unique themes and took guests on walking tours of Melbourne’s streets with a guest speaker and a course served at each stop. More details in our BE Magazine!

Mercedes-Benz Accelerate Driver Experience

A highlight of the MCC Best Practice series is this event run by Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific and its exceptional team of driving instructors, led by racing legend Peter Hackett. 25 MCC members snapped up the opportunity to test-drive the safety features of Mercedes-Benz A-class, C-class, G-class and E-class vehicles on the track at Sandown Racecourse. Guests were also able to experience the Actros 2658 B-double from Mercedes-Benz Trucks and, of course the GTS and AMG series high-performance vehicles. Mercedes-Benz and its team adhere to the motto “The best or nothing” and this value is evident in every detail of their operations.

WPR Boardroom Series

A briefing on Workplace Investigations was provided to WPR professionals from 14 member businesses on 27 June. The in-depth and informative sessions were highly valued by attendees, especially the content regarding recent precedents and legislature changes.

Executive Council Cocktail Reception

MCC member and President Dow Australia & New Zealand, Louis Vega was guest speaker at the Victorian Chamber of Commerce Executive Council Cocktail Reception and gave an engaging address to the Executive Council, VIPs and MCC members at The George on Collins on 19 June. Guests heard in depth regarding Dow’s role in manufacturing as well as partnerships with global events.

Other opportunities

Policy update

MCC members have provided significant input to the excellent Transport Taskforce Report, which is about to be launched. If you are interested in receiving a copy, please contact members@melbournechamber.org.au

Election lunches

From July to October, the Chamber is hosting several luncheons in regional electorates of a range of Ministerial and Shadow leaders. Please let us know if you would like to participate.

Save the date

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

  • 4 July – Leadership Luncheon with Dana Nelson, CEO Spotless
  • 20 July – ignite+VU
  • 26 July - Members’ Cocktail Evening
  • 2 August – Victorian Chamber Presents: Matthew Guy
  • 16 August – President’s Dinner
  • 22 August – OHS & Workers’ Compensation working group
  • 30 August – Leadership Luncheon with Catherine King MP
  • 5 September – Leadership Luncheon with Brendan Bourke, CEO Port of Melbourne
  • 11 September – Business After Dark – Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre
  • 26 September – Pre Grand Final Luncheon
  • 10 October – ignite+Deakin
  • 31 October – Best Practice Tour: Port of Melbourne
  • 21 November – MCC Executive Assistants’ Christmas Party

Are you making the most of your Membership?

MCC membership includes access to Victorian Chamber services, member rates across all fee for service activities, and credit of $3,000 towards associated costs.

See below for services on offer to Melbourne Chamber members from the Victorian Chamber:

Contact your Relationship Manager to find out more.


Edit (October 2019): Please note, Business Propel and fit2work are no longer offered as part of membership. 

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03 8662 5214



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