Last week our Chief Executive Officer, Stephen Cartwright, was a panellist at the Bush Summit in Dubbo, batting for regional businesses and discussing the status and future of jobs in regional areas.

On behalf of business (and our communities more broadly), he called for real assistance from all levels of government to turbo charge our local economies, and sustain jobs in those parts of our state that are feeling the ravages of crippling drought. The two key measures the Chamber called for included:

1. Immediately extending the Payroll Tax threshold from $900,000 to $1 million for any regionally based business in NSW.

2. For the government to adapt the benefit cost ratio process to ensure more regional projects are approved and built. Regions were promised 30% of the proceeds from the leasing of poles and wires, yet the actual figure is around 18% (and 17% in the last financial year). In part, that’s because bureaucrats are overemphasising the importance of the BCR and at times applying it inconsistently, depending on whether a project is for Sydney or regional NSW. What price do you put on an urgent upgrade of a bridge that could save lives, as well as bringing much needed work to regional towns?

We’re hoping the summit wasn’t just another talkfest. The NSW Business Chamber will certainly be working hard to make sure that it wasnt.

Launch of 2019 Workforce Skills Survey

We recently released our 2019 Workforce Skills Survey to collect information on the skills needs of NSW businesses. 

The Chamber is committed to ensuring our next generation of workers develops the skills they need to meet the needs of employers or to become employers themselves. It is vital for the future of our economy that young people connect with work, and businesses are able to source skills locally. 

The survey provides an opportunity for you tell us your skill challenges and experiences in engaging with the training system and importantly, the challenges and benefits of developing young people in the workplace.

Results from the survey will help us develop recommendations for the future delivery of training in the region and how to improve the provision of information to students, parents and employers on the pathways to a rewarding career.

The survey can be found at here and I really encourage you to give this your time so we can work together to improve the potential of business and of our workforce.  The survey will run until 29 July.

If your business has any particular issues that you would like assistance with, please do not hesitate to contact me on 02 6311 2203 or

Kind Regards,

Vicki Seccombe – Regional Manager Western NSW, NSW Business Chamber