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Payroll Tax Cut To Help Regional Victorian Businesses

In another plank in our plan to decentralise our jobs and our population, a Liberal Nationals Government will cut the current payroll tax rate of 2.425% for qualifying businesses in regional Victoria to just 1.0%.

The new rate under a Liberal Nationals Government will be less than one-quarter of the standard 4.85% rate.

Melbourne is jam packed with a population over 5 million people and growing at an average of around 2,700 a week. 

Daniel Andrews has lost control of population growth and it’s putting enormous stress on housing affordability, roads, public transport, schools and hospitals and that negatively impacts everyone’s quality of life.

Daniel Andrews says we can fit another three million people into Melbourne over the next few decades. The Liberal Nationals don’t agree. We believe we need to get back in control of population growth through a strategic plan to decentralise our jobs and our population.

Our decentralisation plan ticks every box – unclogging major arterial roads, metropolitan rail extensions to growth areas, new highways, building the fastest passenger rail in Australia and helping create new jobs in regional Victoria.  

The Liberal Nationals comprehensive plan for decentralisation includes incentives for economic development in regional Victoria. 

That’s why a Liberal Nationals Government will cut payroll tax in regional Victoria to just 1.0% for all businesses under the existing eligibility criteria for the concessional rate.

The Liberal Nationals tax cut is expected to save around 4,000 businesses an average of $11,633 a year.

Around 4,000 regional businesses qualify for the concessional payroll tax rate. The qualifications include that at least 85% of the payroll must be comprised of Victorian wages associated with regional employees and that the employer is based in regional Victoria.

Comments attributable to Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood:

“We know regional businesses here in Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley have being doing it tough under Daniel Andrews and we want to deliver this cut to payroll tax to ease just some of the pressure they are feeling.

Regional businesses I have spoken to regularly tell me that payroll tax is stifling their ability to invest more in their day-to-day operation.

Our policy to cut payroll tax for regional businesses will deliver greater financial flexibility so that they can reinvest in infrastructure, assets and their employees to grow their enterprise and improve their viability long term.  

The Liberal Nationals are committed to regional jobs and businesses and I thank Matthew Guy and Michael O’Brien for their leadership for regional Victoria on this issue.”

Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:

“Only the Liberal Nationals have a plan to get back in control of population growth by decentralising our jobs and our population.

We need to regionalise our growth, and not just focus on Melbourne alone. We cannot continue to grow the way we have the past 30 years for the next 30 years.

My vision for Victoria is to be a state of cities and not a city state.

We need population growth in the right areas, at the right time.

Victoria can’t afford four more years of Labor’s unplanned, unmanaged population growth.”

Comments attributable to Shadow Treasurer, Michael O’Brien:

“Before the last election Daniel Andrews promised he wouldn’t increase or introduce new taxes. Since then he has broken that promise 12 times. Victoria is now the highest taxed state in Australia.

Payroll tax is a tax on jobs. The Liberal Nationals will slash payroll tax in regional Victoria to just 1.0%, to provide more incentives to create jobs in our regions and to decentralise growth.

The Liberals and Nationals will still review our tax system to identify further barriers to decentralisation, but this policy shows that we are serious about growing the whole of the state, not just Melbourne.”

Andrews Labor Budget Fails Narracan Again

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said Premier Daniel Andrews has left many critical Narracan projects off the map in this year’s State Budget, only investing the bare minimum in the region. In responding to the Victorian Budget Mr Blackwood said Daniel Andrews has misled Gippsland about potential V/Line improvements announcing funding he simply doesContinue Reading

Blackwood Calls on Andrews to Stand Up for Valley

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today called on the Andrews Labor Government to support the Latrobe Valley with a real plan to deliver investment and jobs with only 50 days remaining until Hazelwood closes.   ‘Today marks 50 days until the closure of Hazelwood and increasingly the commentary I hear from local communities isContinue Reading

Hazelwood Loss a Blow for our Local Community, Local Business and Future of our State

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in the Victorian Parliament to highlight the true impact of the closure of Hazelwood on the Latrobe Valley, Gippsland and wider Victorian community. Mr Blackwood said the closure of Hazelwood would have far reaching impacts on public and private sectors who have had access to reliable readilyContinue Reading

Closure of Hazelwood Marks Turning Point for Gippsland and Latrobe Valley

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said today’s announcement by Engie that Hazelwood will close is a major blow to an already struggling Latrobe Valley and wider Gippsland community. ‘Hazelwood has been a core employer within Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley for generations and today’s announcement will fundamentally change the future of our region,’ MrContinue Reading

Call for State Gov to Support Local Dairy Farmers

Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the State Government to support the dairy industry after price cuts this week by Fonterra and Murray Goulburn. Mr Blackwood said a number of farmers had already spoken to him about how they would be negatively impacted by the drop in price and has called on Agriculture MinisterContinue Reading

Lack of Detail in Labor Budget

The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second consecutive year under Daniel Andrews.   Four local schools will see upgrades after being forgotten by the Labor Government in the 2015-16 State Budget however many of the upgrades won’t be seen until 2018-19 and funds allocated fall well shortContinue Reading

Call for Tourism Signs to Support Jindivick Community

  Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Government to support local tourism and businesses in Jindivick by providing directional tourism signs at the Sand Road & Princes Freeway interchange which is currently undergoing a major upgrade. The call for tourism signage comes following a petition by the Jindivick Progress Association whichContinue Reading

Grand Final Eve Public Holiday Feedback Clear

  The Grand Final Eve Public Holiday has not been well received by local businesses the Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has said today. Mr Blackwood used debate in the Victorian Parliament this week to highlight the feedback his office had received from local business through his 2015 Narracan Business Survey. ‘My 2015 Narracan BusinessContinue Reading

Concern Raised Over Port of Melbourne Lease Bill

  Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has raised concerns over the Andrews Governments haste in attempting to lease the Port of Melbourne. Speaking in Parliament on a Matter of Public Importance (MPI) Mr Blackwood said that the Government was attempting to block the Victorian Oppositions scrutiny of the Port of Melbourne Lease Transaction Bill 2015.Continue Reading

Business to Count the Cost of Public Holiday Mistake

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has used debate in the Victorian Parliament to call on the Andrews Government to prove their support for business owners and roll back the planned additional public holidays on Grand Final Eve and Easter Sunday. Mr Blackwood said one local winery operator would face costs so high that they wouldContinue Reading

Labor’s Back to Work Plan Falls Short

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood MP has raised concern over the Andrews Labor Government Back to Work Plan. Mr Blackwood said the Back to Work Act will establish a fund with an aim to provide financial relief to companies who hire unemployed or retrenched workers. "The Back to Work Plan will offer up to $1,000Continue Reading

Labors Back to Work Plan Farce

Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood MP has raised concern over the Andrews Labor Government Back to Work Plan. Mr Blackwood said the Back to Work Act will establish a fund with an aim to provide financial relief to companies who hire unemployed or retrenched workers. “The Back to Work Plan will offer up to $1,000Continue Reading


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2018
Oct
31
Payroll Tax Cut To Help Regional Victorian Businesses
“ In another plank in our plan to decentralise our jobs and our population, a Liberal ...”
2017
May
02
Andrews Labor Budget Fails Narracan Again
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said Premier Daniel Andrews has left many critical Narracan ...”
Feb
09
Blackwood Calls on Andrews to Stand Up for Valley
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has today called on the Andrews Labor Government to support ...”
2016
Nov
10
Hazelwood Loss a Blow for our Local Community, Local Business and Future of our State
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has used debate in the Victorian Parliament to highlight the ...”
03
Closure of Hazelwood Marks Turning Point for Gippsland and Latrobe Valley
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has said today’s announcement by Engie that Hazelwood will close ...”
May
06
Call for State Gov to Support Local Dairy Farmers
“ Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the State Government to support the dairy ...”
Apr
27
Lack of Detail in Labor Budget
“ The Victorian Labor Government’s Budget has again missed the mark in Narracan for a second ...”
15
Call for Tourism Signs to Support Jindivick Community
“   Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has called on the Andrews Government to support local tourism ...”
2015
Oct
22
Grand Final Eve Public Holiday Feedback Clear
“   The Grand Final Eve Public Holiday has not been well received by local businesses the ...”
Aug
10
Concern Raised Over Port of Melbourne Lease Bill
“   Member for Narracan Gary Blackwood has raised concerns over the Andrews Governments haste in attempting ...”
06
Business to Count the Cost of Public Holiday Mistake
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood, has used debate in the Victorian Parliament to call on ...”
Mar
18
Labor's Back to Work Plan Falls Short
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood MP has raised concern over the Andrews Labor Government Back ...”
Feb
13
Labors Back to Work Plan Farce
“ Member for Narracan, Gary Blackwood MP has raised concern over the Andrews Labor Government Back ...”


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