COVID-19 Update | 18 October 2020

Date for Victorian retail reopening has been announce In a much anticipated announcement, Premier Daniel Andrews has today confirmed that...

Date for Victorian retail reopening has been announce In a much anticipated announcement, Premier Daniel Andrews has today confirmed that Victorian hairdressers may reopen from 11.59pm tonight with strict safety protocols in place, and retail will reopen at 11.59pm on 1 November 2020. From this date, all remaining retail will open. Restaurants, cafes and...

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Retail’s best and brightest unveiled at the National Retail Awards 2020

After a year of unprecedented challenges the National Retail Association (NRA) has unveiled Australian retail’s best and brightest across...

After a year of unprecedented challenges the National Retail Association (NRA) has unveiled Australian retail’s best and brightest across an array of categories at a landmark online awards ceremony. The virtual format, attended by retailers from across the country, included various speakers from across the industry with the Minister for...

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Retailers call for $6000 small business grant to set up online stores in wake of COVID-19

The National Retail Association (NRA) is calling for a $6,000 e-commerce assistance package for every small business hurting financially...

The National Retail Association (NRA) is calling for a $6,000 e-commerce assistance package for every small business hurting financially as a result of COVID-19 to help them sell goods and services online, to be included as part of the JobMaker Digital Business Plan announced last Tuesday by the Morrison...

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Hope for regional retailers with funding available for agricultural show day organisers after COVID-19 cancellations

Agricultural shows and field days are an important fixture for the local economy, attracting millions of visitors to our...

Agricultural shows and field days are an important fixture for the local economy, attracting millions of visitors to our regions every year, increasing expenditure, supporting jobs and fostering community pride. Unfortunately, many of these agricultural shows and field days were cancelled because of COVID-19 and local retailers were unable to...

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COVID-19 Update | 27 September 2020

Victoria announces restrictions to ease from tonight in metropolitan Melbourne Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that from 11:59pm tonight,...

Victoria announces restrictions to ease from tonight in metropolitan Melbourne Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced that from 11:59pm tonight, metropolitan Melbourne will be taking the second step on the Roadmap to Recovery. The National Retail Association welcomes further steps towards reopening, in particular noting that partial return to work...

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COVID-19 Update | 22 September 2020

Queensland releases updated COVID Safe Industry plan for Retail, Hair and Beauty Today the Queensland Government has released an updated...

Queensland releases updated COVID Safe Industry plan for Retail, Hair and Beauty Today the Queensland Government has released an updated version of the COVID Safe Industry Plan. Under Public Health Directions businesses must have plans to show how they will maintain compliance with the Directions. You can find the updated...

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Message from the CEO | 22 September 2020

To misquote the American author Mark Twain, reports of the death of retail have been greatly exaggerated. We know...

To misquote the American author Mark Twain, reports of the death of retail have been greatly exaggerated. We know many members are going through their toughest times ever, and sadly we know some retailers will be forced to exit the industry before the impact of COVID has passed.  But...

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Blue Yonder | 6 key supply chain planning strategies to prepare for the new normal

BlueYonder and NRA Technology partner Zebra Technologies will be jointly hosting the webinar Empowering distribution centres – Keeping the...

BlueYonder and NRA Technology partner Zebra Technologies will be jointly hosting the webinar Empowering distribution centres – Keeping the lights on through ongoing disruption on Tuesday 15th September at 12:00pm. Register for the webinar here   By now we all understand the importance of adapting to the impacts of COVID-19. The critical...

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COVID-19 Update | 6 September 2020

Victoria announces roadmap to reopening, retail to experience protracted wait time Premier Daniel Andrews today unveiled time frames to getting...

Victoria announces roadmap to reopening, retail to experience protracted wait time Premier Daniel Andrews today unveiled time frames to getting Victoria open again after the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Currently, Melbourne is in Stage 4 restrictions. From 11:59pm on 13 September, they will take the First Step towards COVID Normal. Regional Victoria,...

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Retail rises in July, but uncertainty ahead as Australia plunges into recession

There was a solid rise in retail sales in July, however the National Retail Association (NRA) has warned that...

There was a solid rise in retail sales in July, however the National Retail Association (NRA) has warned that the sector remains braced for an uncertain time ahead as Australia plunges into its first recession since 1991. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released its retail sales report for...

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COVID-19 Update | 22 August 2020

Queensland imposes new COVID-19 restrictions Following a cluster of six cases of COVID-19 at a youth detention centre, the Queensland...

Queensland imposes new COVID-19 restrictions Following a cluster of six cases of COVID-19 at a youth detention centre, the Queensland Government has imposed further restrictions on gatherings in that State.   Gatherings in private residences and public spaces, such as parks, in the Greater Brisbane area will be limited to 10 people...

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COVID-19 Update | 20 August 2020

Victorian Government extends ban on evictions and rental increases The Victorian Government will extend a ban on evictions and rental...

Victorian Government extends ban on evictions and rental increases The Victorian Government will extend a ban on evictions and rental increases until the end of the year, increase assistance and ensure tenant turnover is taken into account in rental negotiations – giving tenants certainty and security they won’t lose their...

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COVID-19 Update | 16 August 2020

Further clarification surrounding SA COVID Marshals As announced on Friday, 14 August, the South Australian Government will require hospitality and...

Further clarification surrounding SA COVID Marshals As announced on Friday, 14 August, the South Australian Government will require hospitality and certain retail venues to have a COVID Marshall on premises from Friday, 21 August 2020. You must have a COVID Marshal if your business or activity is or involves any of the following: Hospitality: Any business...

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COVID-19 Update | 14 August 2020

"COVID Marshalls" to become mandatory in South Australia COVID marshalls will soon be required at licensed premises, cafes and food...

"COVID Marshalls" to become mandatory in South Australia COVID marshalls will soon be required at licensed premises, cafes and food courts, large stores including Supermarkets/retailers/hardware, gyms, freight distribution centres, shopping centres/precincts and places of worship. The marshalls will be specially trained to ensure venues don’t exceed capacity, physical distancing is maintained...

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COVID-19 Update | 10 August 2020

Metropolitan Melbourne food courts to stay closed  The Victorian Government has decided that as part of metropolitan Melbourne stage 4...

Metropolitan Melbourne food courts to stay closed  The Victorian Government has decided that as part of metropolitan Melbourne stage 4 lock downs, food courts in shopping centres are to remain closed. Despite the fact that food and drink businesses in metropolitan Melbourne can stay open for takeaway and delivery only, the...

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COVID-19 Update | Summary of Stage 4 Restrictions in Victoria

Can I continue to trade? Only some retail businesses are allowed to be open to the general public. Others are...

Can I continue to trade? Only some retail businesses are allowed to be open to the general public. Others are permitted to operate in a limited capacity, such as providing delivery services and ‘click and collect’ for online orders. If you have a warehouse or distribution centre that dispatches online...

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