Message from the CEO | 2 March 2021

Industrial relations reform continues to be a focal topic at a federal level, in particular proposals around reforms to...

Industrial relations reform continues to be a focal topic at a federal level, in particular proposals around reforms to part-time employment. It has been revealed that several union and other organisations have proposed a compromise measure to enable part-time retail workers to take on more hours without overtime. As the...

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Message from the CEO | 23 February 2021

Last week I talked to you about the success of our Protecting Crowded Places program, which delivered in-person training...

Last week I talked to you about the success of our Protecting Crowded Places program, which delivered in-person training for 48,000 retail workers in responding to an armed assailant.  We were able to provide this program with financial support from the Federal Government. Since then, we have seen news coverage...

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Message from the CEO | 17 February 2021

As the voice of modern retail, the National Retail Association speaks up for our sector on important issues and...

As the voice of modern retail, the National Retail Association speaks up for our sector on important issues and – more importantly – works to develop solutions to help members and the wider industry.  Sometimes it can be very frustrating that these important issues don’t receive the serious consideration...

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Message from the CEO | 9 February 2021

Industrial relations reform was a hot topic as Federal Parliament kicked off last week, for the first time this...

Industrial relations reform was a hot topic as Federal Parliament kicked off last week, for the first time this year. The Government has put forward an omnibus bill containing a raft of changes, but is facing resistance from the Opposition who have pledged to vote against the legislation. The NRA does...

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Message from the CEO | 2 February 2021

One month into 2021 and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take centre-stage. On Sunday, Western Australia became the latest state...

One month into 2021 and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take centre-stage. On Sunday, Western Australia became the latest state to impose a short-term, hard-lockdown following a hotel quarantine guard contracting the virus. The WA lockdown is due to last until this coming Friday, depending on the size and scope...

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Message from the CEO | 27 January 2021

Federal Parliament will resume for the year in two weeks’ time, and the NRA will be renewing our lobbying...

Federal Parliament will resume for the year in two weeks’ time, and the NRA will be renewing our lobbying efforts on a number of fronts to ensure the concerns of retailers are front of mind for the government, and indeed all MPs.  No doubt the hottest topic of discussion...

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Message from the CEO | 19 January 2021

Late last year the Federal Government released a couple of seemingly contradictory decisions that affect thousands of small Australian...

Late last year the Federal Government released a couple of seemingly contradictory decisions that affect thousands of small Australian retailers.  The first was to allow the sale of e-cigarettes and smoke free tobacco products for the first time, but to restrict sales to pharmacies and only with a prescription...

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Message from the CEO | 12 January 2021

It’s traditional in our first newsletter each January to wish members and all retailers a happy new year.  I...

It’s traditional in our first newsletter each January to wish members and all retailers a happy new year.  I think though, those words carry a special significance in 2021. After the most challenging calendar year in memory, I think we are all looking forward to a “new” year –...

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Message from the CEO | 15 December 2020

As we enter the final few weeks of a hectic year, there is no rest for retail. Christmas shopping continues...

As we enter the final few weeks of a hectic year, there is no rest for retail. Christmas shopping continues to go well across the country, thanks to consumer sentiment reaching a 10-year high. With Australians not descending across the world for holidays throughout summer, we are optimistic that discretionary...

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Message from the CEO | 8 December 2020

There has been big news out of Canberra this week after the Morrison Government unveiled key industrial relations reforms...

There has been big news out of Canberra this week after the Morrison Government unveiled key industrial relations reforms that strongly relate to the retail sector. As you’re all aware, ever since a 2018 Federal Court ruling there has been a high degree of uncertainty across several industries in relation...

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Message from the CEO | 1 December 2020

The final month of the year has arrived and we’re into the home stretch before the Christmas and New...

The final month of the year has arrived and we’re into the home stretch before the Christmas and New Year break. If it didn’t yet feel like we were getting back to life as normal, the sight of bustling shopping precincts on Black Friday certainly did remind us of the...

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Message from the CEO | 24 November 2020

There’s an old saying that a week is a long time in politics and our members in South Australia...

There’s an old saying that a week is a long time in politics and our members in South Australia know that only too well given what has transpired in the last seven days. Following a rise in COVID-19 cases, last Wednesday the Premier announced a six day ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown....

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Message from the CEO | 17 November 2020

After a turbulent year, the retail Christmas trading period has officially kicked off.  Before I detail the various forecasts...

After a turbulent year, the retail Christmas trading period has officially kicked off.  Before I detail the various forecasts and trends that the NRA expects to see over the next six weeks, I’ll begin by addressing the latest COVID outbreak in South Australia. At the time of writing, a...

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Message from the CEO | 10 November 2020

Australian retail is now heading into the final stretch of what has been a surreal, challenging and bizarre year...

Australian retail is now heading into the final stretch of what has been a surreal, challenging and bizarre year for the sector and life in general. It’s hard to believe that we are now just some six weeks away from Christmas. Getting our Victorian members to reopen their doors again...

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Message from the CEO | 3 November 2020

It’s difficult to believe that we’re heading into the final stretch of the most whirlwind year in recent memory....

It’s difficult to believe that we’re heading into the final stretch of the most whirlwind year in recent memory. We’re now less than two weeks from the official start of the Christmas trade period and we all know just how important this year’s festive season will be for our...

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Message from the CEO | 27 October 2020

At long last Victorian retailers have been provided with some good news over when they will be able to...

At long last Victorian retailers have been provided with some good news over when they will be able to reopen. After announcing a pause on a lifting of restrictions on Sunday, yesterday Premier Daniel Andrews announced that as of 11:59pm Tuesday night, Melbourne shops will be allowed to recommence...

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