Retailers preparing for WA plastics ban with just two weeks to go

West Australian retailers are readying their businesses and their customers for major changes to the use of plastic items...

West Australian retailers are readying their businesses and their customers for major changes to the use of plastic items for shopping and takeaway food, with major changes coming in just under two weeks. From 1 July, a ban will apply to all plastic shopping bags with handles of any thickness,...

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Providing employees with vaccine incentives or pets can lead to FBT obligations: ATO

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is urging employers that have provided their employees with fringe benefits to consider their...

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) is urging employers that have provided their employees with fringe benefits to consider their fringe benefits tax (FBT) obligations – including registering, reporting, lodging and paying FBT. The ATO expects many employers to have an FBT obligation for the first time due to benefits provided...

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10 billion reasons to celebrate World Environment Day

Australians have saved more than 10 billion single-use plastic items over the last five years, with more than 100,000...

Australians have saved more than 10 billion single-use plastic items over the last five years, with more than 100,000 retail and food outlets contributing to the success, the National Retail Association said today. Environment Day On World Environment Day, NRA Chief Executive Dominique Lamb praised Australian retail businesses – and...

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Australian retail sales increase in April

Australian retail sales have broken more records with $33.9 billion spent in stores and online in April – a...

Australian retail sales have broken more records with $33.9 billion spent in stores and online in April – a 9.6% increase on a year ago and up 0.9% on the previous month, according to the Retail Trade figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Director of Quarterly Economy...

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Retailers embrace lightweight plastic bag bans, but call for national alignment

New laws banning the supply of lightweight plastic shopping bags with handles will come into effect across New South...

New laws banning the supply of lightweight plastic shopping bags with handles will come into effect across New South Wales on Wednesday 1 June.  The National Retail Association has been working closely with the NSW Government over the past few months to provide advice and resources to thousands of retailers,...

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NSW plastic bag ban guide for businesses

With a week to go until the lightweight plastic shopping bag ban, we're myth-busting what's actually being phased out....

With a week to go until the lightweight plastic shopping bag ban, we're myth-busting what's actually being phased out. NSW plastic bag ban Media reporting earlier this week has made it sound like all lightweight plastic shopping bags. This isn't the case causing unnecessary confusion for many small businesses.   What bags are...

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ACT to ban more single-use plastics by 1 July

Yesterday morning the ACT Government announced the passage of their Tranche 2 single-use plastic ban regulations under the Plastic...

Yesterday morning the ACT Government announced the passage of their Tranche 2 single-use plastic ban regulations under the Plastic Reduction Act 2021.  The National Retail Association is an active member of the ACT Plastic Reduction Working Group and has raised concerns with regulations being passed with only 6 weeks until...

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Digital Licence trial coming to Townsville

Queensland's first Digital Licence app will be trialled in Townsville in late 2022, followed by a statewide rollout in...

Queensland's first Digital Licence app will be trialled in Townsville in late 2022, followed by a statewide rollout in 2023. The Digital Licence app will allow Queenslanders to easily and securely store their driver licence, marine licence and/or photo identification card on their mobile devices. Legislation was passed in July 2022...

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End of Financial Year guide for small businesses

The end of financial year (EOFY) is an important, yet often, stressful time for small businesses. Many business owners struggle...

The end of financial year (EOFY) is an important, yet often, stressful time for small businesses. Many business owners struggle to maintain the records they require to satisfy their tax obligations such as; records for deductions, bookkeeping, tax returns and planning for the following financial year. With adequate planning and...

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Election 2022 – what it means for business and retail

Both sides have finalised their major announcements in the Federal Election campaign, and the two leaders will spend the...

Both sides have finalised their major announcements in the Federal Election campaign, and the two leaders will spend the closing days touring marginal seats and pressing home their respective messages. For the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the focus will continue to be on economic management and responsible management of...

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NRA & Retail Global to lead 2023 Vietnam Trade Delegation

Is Vietnam the new destination for manufacturing supply chain? Word is out that Vietnam is the new China. Retail Global...

Is Vietnam the new destination for manufacturing supply chain? Word is out that Vietnam is the new China. Retail Global and the National Retail Association have partnered with WhiteCorp International to give our members an “access all areas” tour across Vietnam in May 2023. “For the past few years, especially with...

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Retail Fest 2022 a welcome return to in-person networking

Thousands of retailers and service providers descended on the Gold Coast last week, as Retail Fest 2022 more than...

Thousands of retailers and service providers descended on the Gold Coast last week, as Retail Fest 2022 more than made up for lost time during the pandemic. Dominique Lamb, CEO of the National Retail Association and Bec Goulter, Director of Marketing & Events, were among the hundreds of expert speakers...

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Why we need to encourage women in leadership roles

Last week the National Retail Association hosted the first of a series of Future Leaders Forums, an event aimed...

Last week the National Retail Association hosted the first of a series of Future Leaders Forums, an event aimed at gathering young retailers and leaders of the retail industry for mentoring and a meal. The keynote speaker of this event was Alice Barbery, CEO of Universal Store. Over the...

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Queensland Government announces $5,000 grants for digital upgrades

The Queensland Government will open the next round of its Business Basics grants on Wednesday 4 May, with guidelines...

The Queensland Government will open the next round of its Business Basics grants on Wednesday 4 May, with guidelines now open so that businesses can start preparing their applications. Minister for Employment and Small Business Di Farmer said this would be the third round for Business Basics, which is one...

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Federal Budget breakdown – what you need to know

Last week’s budget revealed short term recovery solutions for retail, but a long road to economic recovery remains without...

Last week’s budget revealed short term recovery solutions for retail, but a long road to economic recovery remains without measures to address workforce disruptions. National Retail Association CEO Dominique Lamb is calling for greater investment for retail and small business through long-term resilience measures. “We welcome the budget’s investment in skills...

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Cost-of-living measures will flow to business bottom line, retailers say

Struggling retailers will benefit from the cost-of-living measures announced in tonight’s budget, with spending to flow strongly to business...

Struggling retailers will benefit from the cost-of-living measures announced in tonight’s budget, with spending to flow strongly to business bottom lines, the National Retail Association has predicted. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said measures aimed at boosting consumer spending and training and skills development had long been advocated by the NRA. “Consumer...

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