Summary of 2021 Federal Budget

Skip to Budget Highlights >> The National Retail Association (NRA) has praised the Federal Budget announced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg...

Skip to Budget Highlights >> The National Retail Association (NRA) has praised the Federal Budget announced by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg last night. The Budget will provide wins for small and medium sized businesses, but operators in areas reliant on international tourism have been left in the cold. Business tax measures will...

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Retailers commend common-sense move on debt recovery disputes for small business

The National Retail Association (NRA) has commended the Federal Government for announcing a common-sense move to streamline debt dispute...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has commended the Federal Government for announcing a common-sense move to streamline debt dispute processes between the ATO and small businesses. Under the new system, any business with a turnover below $10 million per year will be able to apply directly to the Administrative Appeals...

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Retail rebounds in March as all eyes turn to the Budget

As retailers across the country eagerly anticipate tomorrow night’s Federal Budget, sales across Australia rose by 1.3 per cent...

As retailers across the country eagerly anticipate tomorrow night’s Federal Budget, sales across Australia rose by 1.3 per cent in the month of March according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). However, retail sales volumes for the March 2021 quarter fell by 0.5 per cent as shoppers cut back...

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Shopping centres and retailers welcome ACCC’s 10-year extension to the Casual Mall Licensing Code of Practice

The Shopping Centre Council of Australia (SCCA) and the National Retail Association (NRA) have jointly welcomed the determination by...

The Shopping Centre Council of Australia (SCCA) and the National Retail Association (NRA) have jointly welcomed the determination by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to re-authorise the Casual Mall Licensing Code of Practice for an additional 10 years, the longest extension since the Code’s inception in 2007. The...

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Retailers and Western Australian Government join forces to prevent wage non-compliance

The National Retail Association (NRA) with the assistance of the Western Australian Government have launched the Wage Right Compliance...

The National Retail Association (NRA) with the assistance of the Western Australian Government have launched the Wage Right Compliance Hub, an educational online resource designed to assist small and medium sized businesses with wage compliance. Dominique Lamb, CEO of the National Retail Association, has said that one of the key...

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March retail figures rebound from February fall

Nationwide retail sales have rebounded from the February fall according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail trade...

Nationwide retail sales have rebounded from the February fall according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail trade preliminary report for March released today. Turnover across Australia rose by 1.4 per cent in March with the resurgence led by Victoria and Western Australia, states that both experienced hard lockdowns...

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Retail leads Australian industry on environmental progress

The Australian retail industry is leading the way when it comes to environmental progress following the recent Environment Ministers...

The Australian retail industry is leading the way when it comes to environmental progress following the recent Environment Ministers Meeting (EMM). Ministers recognized the need for greater certainty, and the eight ‘problematic and unnecessary’ plastic product types for industry to phase out nationally under the National Waste Policy Action Plan...

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Victorian Retailers welcome Cash for Cans

The Victorian Government’s new container deposit scheme (CDS) is set to start in 2023. The CDS will maximise the...

The Victorian Government’s new container deposit scheme (CDS) is set to start in 2023. The CDS will maximise the return of used drink cans, bottles and cartons for recycling, and reduce Victoria’s litter by up to half. Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio announced the final design...

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Qld Govt urged to trust retailers to manage COVID risk after lockdown

The National Retail Association has urged the Queensland Government to take a “light touch” approach to businesses during the...

The National Retail Association has urged the Queensland Government to take a “light touch” approach to businesses during the current COVID outbreak, once the initial lockdown period ends. Amid speculation that the greater Brisbane closure may last longer than the initial three days, the NRA has urged the State Government...

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Retailers support ACT single-use plastics ban

The National Retail Association (NRA) welcomes the passing of legislation today to ban single-use plastic items in the ACT,...

The National Retail Association (NRA) welcomes the passing of legislation today to ban single-use plastic items in the ACT, starting with cutlery, stirrers, and expanded polystyrene food containers. The NRA commends the ACT Government’s strong track record reducing the impact of plastic waste and protecting our environment and marine life. The...

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Casual changes deliver certainty and confidence

The passage of the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021 today is a responsible...

The passage of the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia's Jobs and Economic Recovery) Bill 2021 today is a responsible outcome, ensuring casual employment remains a viable option for business, and employees have clear pathways to permanent work. By passing the casual changes contained in Schedule 1 and 7, the Federal...

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February fall shows retail still braced for challenging period ahead

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) preliminary figures for the month of February reveal that retail is still in...

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) preliminary figures for the month of February reveal that retail is still in for challenging period ahead according to the National Retail Association (NRA). Retail turnover nationwide fell by 1.1 per cent compared to January’s figures, partly due to both Victoria and Western Australia...

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Retailers urge Senate to pass Omnibus Bill

The National Retail Association (NRA) urges the Senate to pass the Morrison Government’s industrial relations reforms without delay. In a...

The National Retail Association (NRA) urges the Senate to pass the Morrison Government’s industrial relations reforms without delay. In a member impact survey undertaken between 8 and 15 March 2021, NRA members overwhelmingly supported the need for change. The need for certainty around casual employment featured heavily, with casual employment being...

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IR Omnibus Bill needs to be passed this week

Australia's leading industry groups are calling for Parliament to vote on the IR Omnibus Bill this week and for...

Australia's leading industry groups are calling for Parliament to vote on the IR Omnibus Bill this week and for all Senators to support it. There is no valid reason why the Bill should be delayed. The certainty that these reforms will deliver is needed urgently to boost confidence, investment and...

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Retailers support QLD single-use plastics ban

The National Retail Association (NRA) commends the Queensland Government for passing legislation yesterday to ban single-use plastics in Queensland,...

The National Retail Association (NRA) commends the Queensland Government for passing legislation yesterday to ban single-use plastics in Queensland, starting with straws, stirrers, cutlery and plates, as well as expanded polystyrene foodware. The NRA commends the Palaszczuk Government’s strong track record reducing the impact of plastic waste and protecting our...

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Solid start to New Year for retail

Australian retail has made a solid start to the New Year according to the January trade report released today...

Australian retail has made a solid start to the New Year according to the January trade report released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Nationwide turnover rose by 0.5 per cent for the month, while January spending rose by 10.6 per cent compared to January 2020. NRA CEO Dominique...

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