“Santa needs more helpers”, retailers urged to fill Christmas vacancies

Peak industry body the National Retail Association is calling on businesses to prepare for the tough competition for Christmas casuals...

Peak industry body the National Retail Association is calling on businesses to prepare for the tough competition for Christmas casuals this year, with many already kicking off recruitment campaigns in the face of labour shortages. Retail is optimistic consumers will pick up spending momentum as the busy Christmas season approaches, but...

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Restaurant Industry Award wages increase on 1 October 2022

Employers in the restaurant industry are reminded that from 1 October 2022 minimum rates of pay will increase. Following the...

Employers in the restaurant industry are reminded that from 1 October 2022 minimum rates of pay will increase. Following the Annual Wage Review decision in June, the Fair Work Commission ordered the 5.2% increase to minimum rates for all modern awards. This increase was delayed for numerous industries, including the restaurant...

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Retailers support steps to eliminate sexual harassment, but employer education needed

Peak industry body the National Retail Association has supported the Albanese Government’s proposed reforms to address sexual harassment, introduced...

Peak industry body the National Retail Association has supported the Albanese Government’s proposed reforms to address sexual harassment, introduced to Parliament today. Interim CEO Lindsay Carroll said with the adoption of legislative change comes the need for greater education for employers, especially small businesses, to help the industry put an...

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Presenting 2022 Young Retailer of the Year

Stephen Poole, from Brisbane, Queensland was announced the National Retail Association’s 2022 Young Retailer of the Year on 16...

Stephen Poole, from Brisbane, Queensland was announced the National Retail Association’s 2022 Young Retailer of the Year on 16 September at the Star Gold Coast. In its 50th year of celebrating retail excellence, the Young Retailer of the Year award has been around for close to half a century because...

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Retail profitability returns to pre-Covid levels

Retail profitability in Australia has bounced back to pre-Covid levels for the first time since the pandemic began, the...

Retail profitability in Australia has bounced back to pre-Covid levels for the first time since the pandemic began, the economic insights report released by the National Retail Association has been revealed. The figures show the sector’s profits have increased by 4.9 percent year on year for the June quarter, following a...

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Industry-wide bargaining would be unsuitable and unfair, retailers warn

Proposed industry-wide bargaining would create an “inequitable, unsuitable, and ultimately redundant” bargaining system, according to a retail industry position...

Proposed industry-wide bargaining would create an “inequitable, unsuitable, and ultimately redundant” bargaining system, according to a retail industry position paper released today. The National Retail Association analysis of the proposed changes says they would create an enterprise bargaining system that was “simply blind to the intricacies and individualities of independent...

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Future Leaders shaping the way of the future

The National Retail Association's Future Leaders Lunch this year was held at the Cucino Vivo restaurant at the Star...

The National Retail Association's Future Leaders Lunch this year was held at the Cucino Vivo restaurant at the Star Gold Coast on 16 September and welcomed all the nominees across the categories of the 2022 HR of the Year, Store Manager of the Year, and Young Retailer of the...

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Australia’s best retailers unveiled at 2022 National Retail Awards

The National Retail Association (NRA) unveiled Australia’s most exceptional retailers across all levels and categories of the industry at...

The National Retail Association (NRA) unveiled Australia’s most exceptional retailers across all levels and categories of the industry at its National Retail Awards held last Friday. Coming together for the first time since 2019, retailers across the country gathered at the Gold Coast for a gala event to celebrate the...

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Bon voyage to a true retail advocacy trailblazer

Message from NRA Chairman, Tim Schaafsma This Friday, our long-serving CEO Dominique Lamb will finish her tenure at the NRA. ...

Message from NRA Chairman, Tim Schaafsma This Friday, our long-serving CEO Dominique Lamb will finish her tenure at the NRA.  As I mentioned in my communication to members last week, Dominique has been the CEO of the organisation for seven years, and was the Director of NRA Legal for two...

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Victorian Government helps SMEs close gender pay gap

The National Retail Association welcomes the Victorian Government’s release of educational resources to help SMEs better understand how they...

The National Retail Association welcomes the Victorian Government’s release of educational resources to help SMEs better understand how they can close the gender pay gap. The materials developed by Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) give the state the opportunity to create large-scale change from the ground up. The...

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Retailers welcome harsher penalties for worker abuse

Peak industry body the National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the South Australian government’s move to implement tougher penalties...

Peak industry body the National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed the South Australian government’s move to implement tougher penalties for people who abuse retail workers, coming into effect today. Chief Executive Dominique Lamb said the NRA supports all efforts to tackle the abuse of retail workers. “South Australia’s decision to inflict...

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High failure rates for businesses means the government must tread carefully

High failure rates among Australian businesses should be a red flag to the Federal Government to tread carefully with...

High failure rates among Australian businesses should be a red flag to the Federal Government to tread carefully with policy reforms, the nation’s retailers have warned. Responding to ABS figures reports of a 12.7 per cent failure rate in the nation’s businesses last financial year, National Retail Association CEO Dominique...

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$1.5 billion digital training boost could save small retailers from going under

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed a plan to provide small businesses with the digital training tools that...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has welcomed a plan to provide small businesses with the digital training tools that could help them from going under. Under draft Federal legislation, small Australian businesses will qualify for tax incentives to train employees in technology skills until June 30, 2024. “It’s good to see...

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Now customers can boost their super while they shop

Active Super has launched Active Super Booster, a reward program allows members to boost their super balances when shopping...

Active Super has launched Active Super Booster, a reward program allows members to boost their super balances when shopping instore and online at more than 300 retail partners across 2,000 locations around Australia. With the new ‘set and forget’ reward program, once members link their debit or credit card(s), a...

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Queensland Government injects $300 million confidence boost to SME’s

The Palaszczuk Government is supporting the recovery of small and medium-sized businesses by injecting a $300 million boost from...

The Palaszczuk Government is supporting the recovery of small and medium-sized businesses by injecting a $300 million boost from Buy Queensland procurement initiative. The National Retail Association welcomes Queensland’s Government’s decision to lift the Buy Queensland small and medium business procurement target from 25 percent to 30 percent, resulting in...

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Federal Government efforts to boost competition will be undermined by more rate hikes

We’ve seen multiple examples in the media today of the pressures on small businesses, from soaring wage costs to...

We’ve seen multiple examples in the media today of the pressures on small businesses, from soaring wage costs to supply chain pressures. The National Retail Association warns that these pressures are simply unsustainable. We welcome the suggestion from the Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury, Andrew Leigh, that the...

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