The National Retail Association (NRA) is Australia’s largest and most representative retail industry organisation, and has been representing the interests of the retail, fast food and broader service sector for almost 100 years. The NRA delivers critical information and advice to thousands of businesses nationally, ranging in size from the smallest corner store to the majority of Australia’s major retail chains and franchising groups.
The NRA's services are delivered by highly trained and well qualified in-house staff who have accumulated decades of industry specific knowledge and experience. Because the NRA is a not for profit association it can deliver professional services at a much lower cost than other providers.
1. To receive advice on performance management issues and guidance around termination processes
2. To help you to fully understand your obligations in terms of employee remuneration and conditions of employment
3. To receive guidance and direction around preventative measures that minimise the prospects of workplace harassment, bullying or discriminatory behaviour
4. To receive access to industry forums in areas such as industrial relations, employment and training, loss prevention, workplace safety, technical standards and consumer law, and tenancy and leasing
5. To receive accurate and up to date information on allowable retail shop trading hours
6. To receive advice and guidance around enterprise bargaining and whether business efficiencies can be achieved through the implementation of enterprise agreements
7. To help you to understand your obligations under the Australian Consumer Law and to receive advice on how to respond when the regulator issues breach notices or foreshadows other action
8. To inform you on your rights as a tenant, and to receive practical advice around lease renewals and how lease renegotiations should be approached
9. To represent your interests when governments foreshadow an intention to introduce new legislation which will increase the cost of doing business or make it much more difficult for your business to operate efficiently
10. To help you to unite with other retailers and employers to ensure all levels of government understand the challenges facing business and respond accordingly
The NRA's Melbourne team have relocated to a larger new premises in St Kilda. The new location will support our continued growth and serve as a convenient, central location for all future workshops and training sessions.
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has flagged a review of international tax arrangements, designed to close loopholes which are promoting unfair tax avoidance and cutting government revenue.
The National Retail Association has written to the Treasurer and all members of the new Parliament to highlight what we believe to be the biggest international tax loophole of all – the low value threshold for GST on imported products.
CEO Trevor Evans has also met the Assistant Treasurer, Senator Arthur Sinodinos, and personally raised the retail industry’s concerns over this arrangement, which delivers an unfair advantage to overseas retailers.
The association is arranging more meetings with key Ministers and MPs for when the Parliament meets for the first time in November.
This outdated measure – a legacy from the introduction of the GST in 2000 – means Australia’s tax regime actively discriminates against local businesses. It reduces Australian business profit, which means less tax revenue for the Commonwealth and reduced employment opportunities for locals.
A report by Ernst & Young has shown taxation revenues lost due to this tax loophole will exceed $1b next financial year. It is therefore one of the biggest and most obvious problems that should be considered in the context of government revenues and repairing government budgets.
We are calling on the new Government to close this loophole as a matter of priority, not only saving itself more than $1 billion in lost revenue, but savings tens of thousands of local jobs as well.
The NRA has commissioned two Reports by Ernst & Young on the consequences of our tax and customs regime, which currently puts our own local businesses (whether online or bricks & mortar) at a disadvantage when competing against foreign online competitors.
The first Report shows that up to 33,400 Australian retail jobs are at risk if the Commonwealth does not level the playing field for our local retailers. Click here to download the first report
The second Report shows that a failure to eliminate the Low Value Threshold will cost the states over 2.4 billion dollars in GST revenue over the next three years. Click here to download the second report
For enquiries regarding this issue please contact CEO Trevor Evans via email
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