What retailers need to know about the Queensland Container Refund Scheme

The Queensland Container Refund Scheme (CRS) launches on 1 November this year. Under the scheme, a 10 cent refund will...

The Queensland Container Refund Scheme (CRS) launches on 1 November this year. Under the scheme, a 10 cent refund will be provided to consumers for eligible, empty drink containers between 150ml and 3L in size that are returned to a participating Container Refund point. What retailers need to know The CRS will primarily affect...

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Forums will get Queensland ready for Container Refund Scheme

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne Enoch A...

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne Enoch A series of community forums will be held across Queensland to encourage community groups to participate in recycling opportunities through Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme, which starts on November 1. Minister for Environment...

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Container Deposit Scheme now in Canberra

Last weekend the ACT became the fourth jurisdiction in Australia to introduce a Container Deposit Scheme, where residents can...

Last weekend the ACT became the fourth jurisdiction in Australia to introduce a Container Deposit Scheme, where residents can return eligible containers for a ten cent refund.  The Territory follows SA and NT, where a similar scheme has been in place for many years, as well as NSW, which introduced...

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NRA continues to assist retailers with bag bans across Australia

Sunday marked the launch of two new bag bans in QLD and WA. A total of 6 Australian states...

Sunday marked the launch of two new bag bans in QLD and WA. A total of 6 Australian states and territories now have plastic bag bans in place. Several supermarkets and national chains also took the initiative to ban lightweight plastic bags in NSW and VIC where bag bans are...

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Feedback invited: Queensland’s new waste strategy

The Queensland Government is developing a new resource recovery and waste management strategy. This strategy will be underpinned by a...

The Queensland Government is developing a new resource recovery and waste management strategy. This strategy will be underpinned by a waste disposal levy and will enable a diverse and sustainable waste management industry. The strategy aims to deliver long-term value to the environment, new jobs for communities and confidence by...

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Supermarkets step up to meet global plastic challenge on World Environment Day

Media Release: Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, says Australians used 5.66 billion single-use...

Media Release: Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, says Australians used 5.66 billion single-use plastic bags last financial year. Some of which contributed to the 13 million tonnes of plastic which makes its way into our oceans each year, entangling or being eaten by...

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Anzac Day 2018 Trade

The retail sector faces certain trading restrictions for trading on Anzac Day 25 April 2018.  Trading hours restrictions, in part...

The retail sector faces certain trading restrictions for trading on Anzac Day 25 April 2018.  Trading hours restrictions, in part or whole, apply to particular types of shops and the location of the shops in specified areas of the certain states. In some states exempt stores will be able to...

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QLD and WA retailers prepare for plastic bag ban

The countdown is underway for Queensland retailers before they are forced to permanently bin the plastic bag ahead of...

The countdown is underway for Queensland retailers before they are forced to permanently bin the plastic bag ahead of bans that will take effect on July 1 2018. The National Retail Association (NRA) will be touring local shopping precincts to provide advice for retailers preparing for the impending ban on...

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NRA joins RFID Coalition to support the Australian retail industry

A group of like-minded retailers, brands, solution providers and trade associations joined forces on Thursday 22 March 2018 to...

A group of like-minded retailers, brands, solution providers and trade associations joined forces on Thursday 22 March 2018 to bring the benefits of RFID technology to the Australian retail sector. Calling themselves the RFID Coalition, the group agreed to share projects, experiences, solutions and case studies with the aim...

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New Fair Work amendments in Parliament as Commission proposes to add domestic violence leave to awards

By Alex Millman, NRA Legal Yesterday in Parliament, Greens MP Mr Adam Bandt proposed two new amendments to the Fair...

By Alex Millman, NRA Legal Yesterday in Parliament, Greens MP Mr Adam Bandt proposed two new amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (the Act). The first of these, the Fair Work Amendment (Better Work/Life Balance) Bill 2018, proposes to amend the flexible working arrangements provisions of section 65 of the...

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NSW gift card reforms kick in March 31 – what else do you need to know?

The NRA recently participated in a stakeholder session with the NSW Government, to clarify some of the ‘grey areas’...

The NRA recently participated in a stakeholder session with the NSW Government, to clarify some of the ‘grey areas’ of the new legislation regarding the three-year minimum expiry dates on gift cards, which takes effect on March 31. Some of the issues raised are answered below, however, please treat this...

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Get prepared for Single Touch Payroll

The ATO is urging employers with 20 or more employees to act now and prepare for Single Touch Payroll (STP) –...

The ATO is urging employers with 20 or more employees to act now and prepare for Single Touch Payroll (STP) – the next step in streamlining payroll reporting. From 1 July 2018, employers will need to report their employees’ tax and super information to the ATO through payroll software that is STP ready. The...

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Queensland rolls out Container Refund Scheme

Did you know that 2.4 billion drink containers are used in QLD each year? Drink containers are also the most...

Did you know that 2.4 billion drink containers are used in QLD each year? Drink containers are also the most commonly littered item after cigarette butts even though most can be recycled. In response, the Queensland Government will be introducing a Container Refund Scheme this year. Given the substantial changes such...

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The hidden costs of retail crime

A case study on retail crime, by the National Retail Association Did you know that retail crime, such as shoplifting,...

A case study on retail crime, by the National Retail Association Did you know that retail crime, such as shoplifting, robbery and vandalism, costs Australian businesses up to $9 billion each year? Retail crime costs us all. Every single incident erodes profitability for business, increases the cost of goods to consumers,...

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Western Australian retailers: Six months to prepare for the plastic bag ban

Western Australia is joining Queensland retailers in 'banning the bag' on 1 July 2018 Public submissions now open for upcoming...

Western Australia is joining Queensland retailers in 'banning the bag' on 1 July 2018 Public submissions now open for upcoming plastic bag ban Feedback welcome via online survey or written submission Western Australians are being urged to start changing their plastic bag use with less than six months to go until the...

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Free support for North Queensland retailers preparing for plastic bag ban

North Queensland retailers are being urged to “bag” some information on their responsibilities under Queensland’s looming state-wide ban on...

North Queensland retailers are being urged to “bag” some information on their responsibilities under Queensland’s looming state-wide ban on light-weight plastic shopping bags, due to come into effect from July next year. The NRA will be in Townsville, Kirwan, Ingham and Ayr from October 10 to 12 conducting free workshops...

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