The Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has released its 2022 State Election Regional Platform, Growing Regional Victoria.

It follows extensive consultation with businesses across Regional Victoria, including roundtable meetings, focus groups and member surveys ahead of the State Election on November 26.

As Victoria’s peak business body representing 50,000 members and clients, the Chamber has made 17 recommendations to help grow Regional Victoria, including:

  • Creating a housing development scheme to expand housing supply and planning in Regional Victoria
  • Funding a targeted, industry-led `Work in the Regions’ initiative to encourage new regional Victorian and young people to work in industries with labour shortages
  • Creating an Agriculture Passport to allow seasonal employees to work across growers and farms
  • Increasing the payroll tax threshold from $700,000 to $1.2 million across Victoria and decrease the rate from 1.21 per cent to zero in Regional Victoria to make it more attractive for business investment
  • Developing a 10-year experience economy strategy focused on tourism and events that will attract visitors to Regional Victoria ahead of the 2026 Commonwealth Games
  • Building a Regional Victorian Manufacturing Strategy and Fund to boost Victoria’s local manufacturing industry and capabilities
  • Commissioning a state-wide review of local content procurement processes in collaboration with the State Government and at least six regional councils to drive regional business growth

Growing Regional Victoria is one of the four key pillars of the Victorian Chamber’s State Election Platform: Powering Victoria’s Future. The other pillars are Strengthening Victoria’s Jobs and Skills, Building Victoria as the best state to operate a business and Driving Victoria’s economy.

To view Growing Regional Victoria, email the Chamber of Commerce media team at