By VTIC Policy Manager, Kristina Burke
The Napthine Government’s announcement that it will expand the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre was a significant win for VTIC and our members this month. We have been calling for this project since the last state election as this commitment will ensure that Victoria can continue to be a leader in the lucrative events sector well into the future.
VTIC is also pleased to report that progress has been made following regulatory reform activity earlier this year. After the release of the first tranche of recommendations by the Victorian Red Tape Commissioner, an update on the progress of the Segways proposal is now available.
Briefly, recommendations will be made to amend the relevant transport and road safety legislation so that Segways are treated more like pedestrians than vehicles; unlike motor vehicles, Segways will not require a licence or registration. There will be restrictions, however, including:
- Segways may only be used in public areas as part of supervised electric personal transporter (EPT) tours in appropriate public locations.
- They will be subject to a speed limit of 10kph and users must wear helmets.
- Segway tour operators will need to obtain a permit from the local government areas in which they wish to operate and will also be subject to other conditions.
We understand that recommendations have been prepared for consideration by the Victorian Minister for Transport; however, as Parliament has completed its final sitting for 2014, and because of the upcoming state election, VTIC does not expect further progress on this matter until next year. For a full run-down of VTIC’s proposals to the Red Tape Commissioner, click here.
Review of the Skilled Migration and 400 Series Visa Programmes
In other policy news this month, VTIC provided a submission to the Department of Immigration and Border Patrol’s Review of the Skilled Migration and 400 Series Visa Programmes. In our submission we highlighted several shortcomings of the current 457 temporary skilled migration program, and stressed the need for a simpler, more flexible and tailored system that accommodates the needs of small business and specific industry sectors.
To read VTIC’s submission, click here.