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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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New generation of leadership for the NRA

The Board of the National Retail Association has unanimously elected Tim Schaafsma as the organisation’s new Chair, following the...

The Board of the National Retail Association has unanimously elected Tim Schaafsma as the organisation’s new Chair, following the retirement of our long-standing leader Mark Brodie.  Tim is a co-founder of a Sydney-based food retailing business, as well as being the Chair of the Australian Bedding Stewardship Council. Previously,...

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Message from the CEO | 5 July 2022

It’s a sombre start to the new financial year, as Sydney faces yet another week of lashing rain and...

It’s a sombre start to the new financial year, as Sydney faces yet another week of lashing rain and floods. It is mind-boggling to think that the last flood event was only three months ago. It is our deepest hope that after today the rain will ease and those...

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Message from the CEO | 28 June 2022

Today I am writing to you from Melbourne, where I am attending an Industry Committee meeting on the Casual...

Today I am writing to you from Melbourne, where I am attending an Industry Committee meeting on the Casual Mall Licensing Code. Last year the Code was extended for an additional ten years, meaning that businesses can occupy pop-up stores in shopping centres to either increase their footprint during...

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Message from the CEO | 21 June 2022

Last Wednesday the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down its Annual Wage Review. Due to the unprecedented economic pressure...

Last Wednesday the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down its Annual Wage Review. Due to the unprecedented economic pressure imposed on the business community, along with the fact that retail was struggling pre-COVID, the NRA argued strongly that a sensible increase of 3.1 per cent would help workers manage...

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Message from the CEO | 14 June 2022

Last week the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) increased the cash rate by 25 basis points from 0.1 per...

Last week the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) increased the cash rate by 25 basis points from 0.1 per cent to 0.35 per cent. This rate rise is the first since November 2010 – and, in my opinion, a hasty and heavy-handed approach to the inflationary pressures on the...

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Message from the CEO | 31 May 2022

Australia’s retail sector is helping lead the country out of the economic impacts of the pandemic. We saw how resilient...

Australia’s retail sector is helping lead the country out of the economic impacts of the pandemic. We saw how resilient we are when it comes to consumer spending and adopting new technologies. We also saw a paradigm shift in how Australians engage with the retail sector, and how retail is...

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Message from the CEO | 25 May 2022

We extend our congratulations to Anthony Albanese and the ALP on their victory on Saturday. The NRA is dedicated...

We extend our congratulations to Anthony Albanese and the ALP on their victory on Saturday. The NRA is dedicated to working with the new government to ensure that the retail industry thrives over the next three years and beyond. The NRA has a proven track record of connecting governments across...

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Message from the CEO | 17 May 2022

Anxiety tends to heighten for retailers during elections as people traditionally stop spending in the leadup to the ballot....

Anxiety tends to heighten for retailers during elections as people traditionally stop spending in the leadup to the ballot. But waiting for customers to get over the fear of the unknown will not pay rents or wages. It’s times like these retailers need to build connections to weather downturns...

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Message from the CEO | 10 May 2022

In the coming weeks, we will see the Fair Work Commission hand down its decision on increasing award pay...

In the coming weeks, we will see the Fair Work Commission hand down its decision on increasing award pay rates. The National Retail Association understands that pay rates are one of the key factors in attracting and retaining good staff. But we also understand that while some sectors of the...

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Message from the CEO | 3 May 2022

At the NRA we pride ourselves on being the voice of modern retail, which is why it was a...

At the NRA we pride ourselves on being the voice of modern retail, which is why it was a delight for our leadership team to come together on Friday to discuss the state of the retail industry and the NRA’s strategy for the coming year. At the present time, all...

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Message from the CEO | 19 April 2022

As federal election campaigns of parties large and small gather momentum, retailers will be interested in what’s in it...

As federal election campaigns of parties large and small gather momentum, retailers will be interested in what’s in it for them. Hopefully, the May 21 result brings a government with enough balance of power to get cracking on what’s good for the country – and good for retail. In the...

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Message from the CEO | 12 April 2022

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has undoubtedly got a difficult decision ahead of itself. The ACTU is calling for...

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has undoubtedly got a difficult decision ahead of itself. The ACTU is calling for a minimum 5 per cent increase beginning from 1 July, while industry groups, such as the NRA, are more circumspect. In our submission to the FWC, we called for an increase...

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Message from the CEO | 5 April 2022

It finally feels like we’re emerging from the weeds of the pandemic, with today’s announcement that the Northern Territory...

It finally feels like we’re emerging from the weeds of the pandemic, with today’s announcement that the Northern Territory will immediately scrap vaccine passports, and Queensland to follow suit from 1 pm on Thursday, 14 April. Customers will be able to flow into cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and other venues...

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Message from the CEO | 29 March 2022

Let me begin this week by saying that my thoughts are with all those in flood affected Dalby, Lismore...

Let me begin this week by saying that my thoughts are with all those in flood affected Dalby, Lismore and Mullumbimby. Barely four weeks after the last major rain event, I cannot imagine how exhausted and drained you must be to again be facing a deluge. If you require...

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Message from the CEO | 8 March 2022

For much of the east coast, the past seven days have been challenging beyond belief. While south-east Queensland is...

For much of the east coast, the past seven days have been challenging beyond belief. While south-east Queensland is in recovery mode, New South Wales is still facing floods and severe weather. It is our deepest hope that after today the rain will ease and those affected can also...

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