NRA Policy and Industry
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We tackle the issues you can’t tackle alone. The NRA works actively with governments and department officers to ensure the interests and needs of the retail and services sectors are protected and promoted.
Giving retailers a voice
The NRA brings retailers together in a non-competitive environment where your voice is heard. As an industry association, NRA takes its obligation seriously to influence government policy and keep public debate focused on key business issues.
Our member engagement programs help to identify issues of concern for businesses and the industry, and help direct NRA’s policy and lobbying strategies on behalf of members.
Have questions about policy or industry projects?
Contact David Stout at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 RETAIL (738 245).
The NRA is actively involved in issues that matter to retailers. Click on the topic links below to find out more.
- Wage reform
- Penalty rates
Product safety & technical standards
- National Retail Technical Standards Committee
- Button batteries
- Furniture tip-over prevention
- Product labelling
- Commonwealth Games
- Public holidays
From the 1st of July 2018, it’s illegal for Queensland stores to supply single-use lightweight plastic bags. The NRA has partnered with the Queensland Government to help retailers navigate the new compliance issues, find alternative bag solutions, and to help retailers manage consumer sentiment to minimise negative impacts on their businesses.
Head to the QLD Bag Ban website for more information, including workshops, fact sheets, training kits, and other useful resources.
Combating retail crime.
The NRA is seeking to bring together retailers, government, law enforcement agencies, and the public to create safer cities and vibrant retail precincts by launching the NRA SafeCity Network.
We are launching the NRA SafeCity Network as a 12-month trial in Brisbane CBD and Fortitude Valley, aimed at increasing collaboration and insight between retailers to reduce retail crime. If the trial proves successful, the program may be rolled out nation-wide.
NRA Trading Hours Committee
The NRA Trading Hours Committee is a group of regulatory compliance specialists who come together from many of Australia’s major retailers to discuss the regulations and policy regarding trading hours and public holidays. The Committee is an important forum for contributing to retail industry policy. The Committee communicates regularly with government, conveying the issues and concerns of the retail sector.
Technical Standards Committee
The NRA’s Technical Standards Committee is a group of quality assurance and product compliance specialists who come together from many of Australia’s retail businesses to discuss the challenges of product safety and compliance.
The National Retail Association are conducting a survey to discover how much retailers are paying for electricity and from where they obtain their supply. In this context, electricity suppliers are either Retail Electricity Companies (e.g. Origin, Energex, etc.) or Embedded Network Managers (shopping centres).
In addition, we are interested to know how many retailers within shopping centres are able to take advantage of recent legislative changes which encourage the use of metering technology, allowing retailers to be able to choose their own electricity supplier. The aim of these changes is to promote competition and reduce costs. The survey asks for information for single stores. Where a retailer has more than one outlet the survey allows for multiple stores to be entered. We would appreciate receiving data on all of your stores or any number of them, as time permits.
The results of this survey will help us better represent the interests of retailers with the regulators. Take the survey >
NRA POLICY AND INDUSTRY RESOURCES
Recent Reports and Resources
- Trading Hours factsheets
- Family Violence and the Australian Retail Industry
- Women and the Australian Retail Industry
- Retail Jobs April 2016
- Retail Crime March 2016
- Youth Employment