July-September 2018
30 September 2018

Quarterly update July-September 2018

Dear Members

I’m pleased to report on an array of activities and events for Melbourne Chamber of Commerce (MCC) members for the previous quarter of 2018 on behalf of the team.

MCC members are a prominent feature as always in the Spring issue of the Victorian Chamber’s Business Excellence magazine which will be available online from Wednesday 26 September. You can see current and past editions here.

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 months.

Dianne Smith
Dianne Smith


Since my last update, we have welcomed Museums Victoria and Bastion Reputation Management as our new members.

We were also delighted to celebrate new and long-standing members at an exclusive cocktail evening at MCC member, Golden Age’s distinctive 85 Spring Street development. Seventeen new members (over the past year) were introduced, and twenty-seven long-standing members who have been with us for more than five years were acknowledged.

Thank you to the iconic, influential and emerging organisations for your ongoing participation in the Melbourne Chamber.



The MCC team loves getting into a hi-vis vest! In fact, we enjoy visiting members on-site with or without the fluoro. In the past few months, we’ve had the opportunity to visit the following members, which helps us understand your issues and opportunities as well as to broaden our shortlist for forthcoming Best Practice Tours.

Thank you for showing us around:

  • Decon Corporation’s ever-expanding factory and operations in Kilsyth
  • Jayco’s iconic Dandenong factory operations
  • RASV and Melbourne Showgrounds
  • Sovereign Hill
  • Pitcher Partners – moved to a new office adjacent to Southern Cross
  • MCEC expansion –new exhibition space


MCC members have had significant input to the excellent Transport Policy Taskforce Report, which was launched recently, as well as to the current State election policy agenda.

Thank you to those members who have participated in filmed case studies and promoting the agenda, crucial for business and for the community.

We continue to work alongside our colleagues in the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI). The energy debate is an ongoing and challenging topic and we shall continue to prosecute this in the reshuffled Ministerial portfolios.


The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is proud to have placed and supported 312 interns since this program commenced three years ago, with much of this success due to support from MCC members.

We celebrated these results recently and heard from interns about their experiences in gaining useful work experience. For many, it has resulted in their first job. In addition, we are matching a small group of students from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) background as part of the program, in partnership with African Students Association. Please let us know if you would like to learn more about this fantastic program.


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

The second in this series was presented by Victoria University on 20 July at the MCG where guests heard from VU’s leading sports academics as they explored the enhancement of human performance through innovation in elite sports.

If you missed ignite+RMIT or ignite+VU, you can view the talks on our YouTube channel and register for one of the next events in the series, all of which are free for members.

ignite+Deakin will be hosted by Deakin University on October 10, 10am-12noon at the Waurn Ponds, Geelong campus. Two experts and an industry partner will address the topic ‘How Artificial Intelligence (AI) can stimulate growth and investment.’

ignite+Swinburne will be the first ignite event for 2019, hosted by Swinburne University of Technology on February 19th.


Thanks to those members who provided time and valuable input to our recent round-table, For Purpose Partnerships.

Our discussion was a valuable insight into both the challenges and best practice of members regarding corporate social responsibility, charitable giving and receiving, and the potential for improvement in terms of effective partnerships.

We were pleased to have such a qualified group participating, experienced in for-purpose and not-for-profit (FP/NFP) sectors, and community-focused roles.

Special acknowledgement goes to Dr John Ballard and his colleagues for welcoming us to Australian Catholic University’s elegant and historic Drake House where we discussed the topic in an environment conducive to knowledge sharing. I’d also like to thank our facilitator, Scott Chapman, MD Royal Flying Doctor Service, for his engaging stories, clear direction and sharing of valuable experience from this field.


We hosted three boardroom-style Leadership Luncheons this quarter:

  • Dana Nelson (CEO Spotless) was the guest speaker at Melbourne Town Hall, where she shared insider information on how she oversees an organisation with 36,000 staff members
  • Catherine King MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Medicare, covered a wide range of topics relating to health in the First State Super boardroom
  • Brendan Bourke, CEO Port of Melbourne, updated members on the role and initiatives of the Port of Melbourne. As Australia’s largest container port, it arguably touches every business in Victoria and is a significant driver and supporter of our economy.


It was great to see members at this year’s President’s dinner on August 16 The Glasshouse. It was a great night, and we assure you Rob Mills and his band enjoyed singing as much as we enjoyed being there.

From July to October, the Chamber is hosting many events in the electorates of a range of Ministerial and Shadow leaders. We were impressed with the great turnout by MCC members, who enjoyed an opportunity to hear from the Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy MP at Grand Hyatt, as well as those registered to see the Premier, Daniel Andrews MP on 1 October at Park Hyatt to hear election priorities from Victoria’s Premier.

Please let us know if you would like to participate in the remaining election events.


RASV invites MCC members to have a table at the exclusive Royal Melbourne Wine Awards.

A corporate table includes a company logo, a Plumm premium gift to guests and the company logo featured as an event supporter, among other benefits. For more information, please contact RASV.


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

  • 26 September – Victorian Chamber Pitcher Partners Grand Final Luncheon
  • 2 October – Election Lunch with David Hodgett MP
  • 10 October – ignite+Deakin
  • 31 October – Best Practice Tour: Port of Melbourne
  • 21 November – MCC Executive Assistants’ Christmas Party
  • 6 December – Victorian Chamber Presents lunch


We are in the process of ensuring our records are accurate and up to date. The MCC team will be reaching out to your primary contact person next week to check employee and contact details and ensure we’re keeping you informed.


MCC membership includes access to Victorian Chamber services. In addition, member rates apply for all fee-for-service activities, and credit of $3,000 applies.

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

Contact your Relationship Manager to find out more.

MCC Contact

Get in touch with the Melbourne Chamber of Commerce

03 8662 5214



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