WA’s new container deposit scheme to launch in June 2020

Western Australian Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced Western Australia's new container deposit scheme, Containers for Change, will launch...

Western Australian Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced Western Australia's new container deposit scheme, Containers for Change, will launch on Tuesday June 2, 2020 following the WA Day long weekend. From June 2, 2020, Western Australians will be able to return and recycle their eligible containers at any Containers for...

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Store Managers overtake Young Retailers in National Retail Awards Finalist Announcement

The National Retail Association (NRA) today revealed the names of the 2019 Finalists for the prestigious National Retail Awards. For...

The National Retail Association (NRA) today revealed the names of the 2019 Finalists for the prestigious National Retail Awards. For the first year ever, and following a trend established in the 2018 round, entries for the Store Manager of the Year have exceeded entries for the coveted Young Retailer of...

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Writing’s on the wall for outdated employment contracts

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Playing musical chairs with an employment contract can be risky business. This...

By Calum Woods and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Playing musical chairs with an employment contract can be risky business. This usually happens when an employee doesn’t return a signed contract when starting a new job, and their employer allows them to work regardless. Other times an employee will change into...

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Message from the CEO: 16 July 2019

Congratulations to our National Retail Awards Finalists The NRA is delighted to have unveiled the finalists for the 2019 National...

Congratulations to our National Retail Awards Finalists The NRA is delighted to have unveiled the finalists for the 2019 National Retail Awards, with the winners to be announced at the Gala dinner on September 4 in Sydney. I want to say from the outset what a high calibre of nominations we...

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NRA explores the next frontier of digital technology at State of the Retail Nation

The National Retail Association (NRA) was delighted to host three special events for retailers across Australia last week, the...

The National Retail Association (NRA) was delighted to host three special events for retailers across Australia last week, the tri-annual State of the Retail Nation. Aimed at small to medium businesses, this event took place in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney and featured three expert panels discussing the role of...

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Message from the CEO: 9 July 2019

At long last the Government’s $157 billion, five-year income tax package has passed the senate. As a result, millions of...

At long last the Government’s $157 billion, five-year income tax package has passed the senate. As a result, millions of workers across the country will see as much as an extra $1,080 flood into their bank accounts over the coming weeks as they file their tax returns. This most certainly...

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Fair Work Ombudsman concludes investigation into Uber and discontinues Foodora prosecution

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Following a spate of recent announcements by the Fair Work Ombudsman, it...

By Thomas Parer and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal Following a spate of recent announcements by the Fair Work Ombudsman, it seems the employment status of workers in the gig economy will continue to avoid the judicial scrutiny that many had sought. On Friday 7 June 2019, the Fair Work Ombudsman announced...

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NSW Container Deposit Scheme Refund Mark

With the end of the two-year Return and Earn transition period looming, the National Retail Association encourages businesses to...

With the end of the two-year Return and Earn transition period looming, the National Retail Association encourages businesses to ensure they’re on track to make any necessary changes to eligible cans, labels and barcodes by 1 December 2019. Under the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (Container Deposit Scheme) Regulation...

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Online marketplace held liable for unsafe product

Australian retailers are held to some of the highest standards  of product safety, and they invest substantial resources in...

Australian retailers are held to some of the highest standards  of product safety, and they invest substantial resources in making sure their products are safe. However Australian consumers can unknowingly buy unsafe products from global online marketplaces like Amazon and eBay. The National Retail Association Technical Standards Committee has found numerous...

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Victoria’s e-waste ban now in effect

E-waste – or electronic waste – is growing three times faster than the rate of standard municipal waste. It...

E-waste – or electronic waste – is growing three times faster than the rate of standard municipal waste. It contains many potentially hazardous and valuable materials, which don‘t belong in landfill. In an effort to help protect our environment and recover more precious resources, the Victorian Government has banned all...

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Message from the CEO: 2 July 2019

The plastic bag ban has again been in the headlines in recent days. It is 12 months since Coles...

The plastic bag ban has again been in the headlines in recent days. It is 12 months since Coles and Woolworths ceased offering single-use plastic bags to shoppers, while every state and territory other than New South Wales has either implemented a ban or is in the process of...

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NBN Co launches business nbn™ solution finder to help businesses find the right broadband plan for their needs

Created by Chris Gregory, National Industry Engagement Manager, Business, nbn Co New wholesale discount bundles for businesses over the fixed...

Created by Chris Gregory, National Industry Engagement Manager, Business, nbn Co New wholesale discount bundles for businesses over the fixed line nbn™ broadband access network, and the business nbn™ solution finder online tool were launched earlier week. Why is this important for Australian businesses? NBN Co’s Paul Tyler, Chief Customer...

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Media Release: Building a fair, effective and accountable franchising network

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS, SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA MEDIA RELEASE 21 June 2019 BUILDING A...

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT, SKILLS, SMALL AND FAMILY BUSINESS SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA MEDIA RELEASE 21 June 2019 BUILDING A FAIR, EFFECTIVE AND ACCOUNTABLE FRANCHISING NETWORK The Morrison Government has established a Franchising Taskforce to advise on reforms to the sector and build a framework that supports franchisees and franchisors. The Taskforce...

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New year, new rules: What you need to know from July 1 2019

While the new financial year doesn’t call for resolutions, it is an excellent time to check in and ensure...

While the new financial year doesn’t call for resolutions, it is an excellent time to check in and ensure your business is compliant with the myriad of regulatory changes in 2019/20. Increase to the National Minimum Wage and Modern Award rates On 30 May 2019, the Fair Work Commission handed down...

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Message from the CEO: 25 June 2019

The retail sector has heard many times in recent years that it is a matter of when, not if,...

The retail sector has heard many times in recent years that it is a matter of when, not if, retail bricks and mortar fades away in favour of an exclusively online marketplace. Amazon, Alibaba, and other online goliaths will swallow up the industry, so we are told. The NRA does...

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The new super-union: United Voice and National Union of Workers head closer to amalgamation

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In what may be indicative of a growing trend in the trade...

By Alex Millman and Lindsay Carroll, NRA Legal In what may be indicative of a growing trend in the trade union movement, Australia’s largest blue-collar unions outside the CFMMEU – United Voice and the National Union of Workers – are progressing their plans to amalgamate and form the fourth-largest union...

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