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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Get ready: 1 week to go for SA Single-Use Plastic Ban

We're one week away from the start of the South Australian Single-Use Plastics Ban. From March 1 2021, single-use plastic...

We're one week away from the start of the South Australian Single-Use Plastics Ban. From March 1 2021, single-use plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers will be prohibited from sale, supply or distribution in South Australia. We emphasize that plant-based or 'bioplastics' plastics, such as PLA, PHA and similar, are included in...

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Support for Victorian businesses impacted by “Circuit Breaker” action

New support has been announced for small businesses, including sole traders, most impacted by the coronavirus circuit-breaker action over...

New support has been announced for small businesses, including sole traders, most impacted by the coronavirus circuit-breaker action over the Valentine's Day weekend – with hospitality, tourism, events and creative industries operators to benefit from grants. The $143 million Circuit Breaker Support Package is expected to help more than 50,000...

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Changes to Single Touch Payroll reporting from 1 July 2021

Employers should be reporting through Single Touch Payroll (STP) unless they only have closely held payees, or they are...

Employers should be reporting through Single Touch Payroll (STP) unless they only have closely held payees, or they are covered by a deferral or exemption. There are changes to STP reporting for small employers with closely held payees and quarterly reporting for micro employers from 1 July 2021. This...

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Promising start to 2021 for retail

Retail has made a promising start to 2021 according to the preliminary report for January released today by the...

Retail has made a promising start to 2021 according to the preliminary report for January released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Nationwide turnover rose by a solid 0.6 per cent for the month, while January spending rose by 10.7 per cent compared to January 2020. NRA CEO Dominique...

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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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Regional Roadshow to provide support for small businesses in QLD & WA

Business owners will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, sustainability, and accelerate success with the launch of a...

Business owners will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, sustainability, and accelerate success with the launch of a series of Regional Roadshows being rolled out across regional WA and QLD next week. This new and exciting initiative steered by Business Station under the ASBAS program funded by the Federal...

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New trading opportunities for retailers this Adelaide Cup Day

South Australian Treasurer Rob Lucas has granted a special Ministerial exemption under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1997 giving all retailers...

South Australian Treasurer Rob Lucas has granted a special Ministerial exemption under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1997 giving all retailers - regardless of size and location - the opportunity to trade from 9am to 5pm on Monday, 8 March 2021. This is the first time in the state's history that all...

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Lockdown a crushing blow to VIC retailers

The National Retail Association (NRA) has declared the five-day lockdown announced today in Victoria to be a crushing blow...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has declared the five-day lockdown announced today in Victoria to be a crushing blow to the state’s retailers. VIC lockdown NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said that it’s unfortunate news after Victoria made record Christmas sales and retailers were just getting back up on their feet...

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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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Tasmanian Container Refund Scheme model announced

The Tasmanian Government has announced its preferred model for a Container Refund Scheme as part of its commitment to...

The Tasmanian Government has announced its preferred model for a Container Refund Scheme as part of its commitment to having the lowest litter rate in the country by 2023. The Scheme will see a refund of 10 cents for all eligible drink containers returned to a designated Refund Point in...

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December ABS retail results confirm 2020 the biggest Christmas on record

The December retail trade report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that Christmas 2020 was...

The December retail trade report released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that Christmas 2020 was the biggest on record. Shoppers nationwide splurged over $55 billion throughout the Christmas trade period, which spans the second-half of November and all of December. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said that pent...

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Retailers slam Question Time IR claims

The National Retail Association (NRA) has slammed false claims made regarding industrial relations in Question Time today. NRA CEO Dominique...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has slammed false claims made regarding industrial relations in Question Time today. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said it was very disappointing to see numerous Federal Labor frontbenchers, including Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, blatantly misrepresent retailers in a bid to land a political blow against the...

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Receive up to $10,400 over a year for each new employee

Eligible employers could receive payments of up to $10,400 over a year for each eligible additional employee they hire...

Eligible employers could receive payments of up to $10,400 over a year for each eligible additional employee they hire as part of the Government’s JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme. Young people have been disproportionally affected by COVID-19. The JobMaker Hiring Credit is giving businesses and young people impacted by COVID-19 a...

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Updates on the South Australian single use plastic ban

Retailers should be aware of updates to the South Australian single use plastic ban due to come into effect...

Retailers should be aware of updates to the South Australian single use plastic ban due to come into effect from 1 March 2021. The legislation prohibits or restricts single use plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers being sold, supplied or distributed in South Australia. Compostable (bioplastic) products The legislation includes both fossil-fuel...

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Digital Champions: Leafe’s Gifts and Crafts

Creating a modern digital business in a small country town has it challenges as the owners of Leafe’s Gifts...

Creating a modern digital business in a small country town has it challenges as the owners of Leafe’s Gifts and Crafts, Peter and Dylan have discovered.   The business sells gifts such as soap, candles, incense and aromatherapy online and at weekend markets in Dubbo and Wellington. Many of their older...

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