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Victorian hospitality and tourism sector set to benefit from reduced penalty rates

23 /02/ 2017 Comments are Closed

23 Feb 2017

The Victoria Tourism Industry Council today welcomes the decision from the full bench of the Fair Work Commission to reduce penalty rates on Sundays and Public Holidays, saying it will improve Victoria’s tourism and hospitality experience for everyone and create more jobs.

Today’s decision to reduce Sunday penalty rates for full-time and part-time workers in the retail and hospitality industries is an opportunity for the visitor economy because it will allow businesses to hire a full staff and stay open for longer, providing better services.

Victoria Tourism Industry Council Chief Executive Brad Ostermeyer said; “many small businesses struggle with the increased wage burden of opening on Sundays, leading many to keep their doors closed. This can have a negative impact on the visitor experience.”

“Today’s decision will provide some certainty for businesses that have to manage rosters and have complicated operations servicing the 24/7 visitor economy.”

A recent survey of tourism businesses showed that a combination of high wages and lower selling prices had considerably affected profitability over the 2016 December quarter.

As noted in today’s decision, cutting rates will increase trading hours and the “level and range of services” on Sundays and public holidays.

For more information, please contact VTIC on the details below.

 

Media contact: Anne Wright 03 8662 5310 0423 883 945 awright@victorianchamber.com.au

VTIC

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VTIC

The voice of the Victorian tourism industry, representing key industry associations, operators and government agencies.

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