VIC Submissions


Victorian Planning System Ministerial Advisory Committee review

The Victorian Minerals industry has the potential to continue to be an important contributor to Victoria’s growth, particularly in regional and rural Victoria. Over recent years the State has lost market share in minerals activity to other states and is no longer seen as prospective or an attractive place to invest. However, the substantial contribution of the mining sector to Melbourne’s economy is indisputable.

INQUIRY INTO GREENFIELDS MINERAL EXPLORATION AND PROJECT DEVLOPMENT IN VICTORIAN

The Victorian Minerals industry has the potential to continue to be an important contributor to Victoria?s growth, particularly in regional and rural Victoria. For the sustainable future of the industry, the policy and regulatory framework must be balanced between promoting investment in the State, good practice and the expectations of the community in an efficient way with a minimum but appropriate level of direct control of economic agents by government authorities. Over recent years the State has lost market share in minerals activity to other states and is no longer seen as prospective or an attractive place to invest. However, the substantial contribution of the mining sector to Melbourne?s economy is indisputable.

HIGHER EDUCATION BASE FUNDING REVIEW

It is critical that the institutional and intellectual capacity of the education sector ? schools, vocational education and higher education ? be an ongoing priority of the Government. The MCA is pleased that it is able to contribute to this review of Higher Education Base Funding as it gives the minerals industry the opportunity to put forward a number of points based on eleven years of experience working with the sector, including expending more than $22 million to sustain and build educational capacity.

VICTORIAN COMPETITION AND EFFICENCY COMMISSION: INQUIRY INTO VICTORIA‟S REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

MCA believes that VCEC is in a unique position, having significant ability to influence whole of Government decisions. An all-encompassing review of environmental regulation is a once in a generation opportunity to set policies and strategies for the next few decades and likely result in legislative reform. MCA stresses the importance that the recommendations arising from this Inquiry have the potential to improve the regulatory framework for Victoria.

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