Retailers back Queensland Government on red tape reduction

The National Retail Association today backed the Queensland Government’s call for Parliament to pass its sensible reforms to the...

The National Retail Association today backed the Queensland Government’s call for Parliament to pass its sensible reforms to the state’s retail trading laws. NRA Chief Executive Officer Dominique Lamb said business owners were tired of politicians paying lip service to cutting red tape, but failing to act when the opportunity...

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Message from the CEO: 20 February 2017

This week the issue of trading hours has been in the spotlight once again.The Productivity Commission has been arguing...

This week the issue of trading hours has been in the spotlight once again.The Productivity Commission has been arguing since 2011 that trading hours be deregulated in all states, including public holidays, as a long-term objective, and that it should be up to retailers to decide when they want...

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It’s time for uniformity on trading hours

Relaxing trading hours is an issue we’ve fought long and hard for, and will continue to fight for. Restrictive...

Relaxing trading hours is an issue we’ve fought long and hard for, and will continue to fight for. Restrictive rules and regulations in some parts of Australia are continuing to add to the red tape and financial burdens on business owners, but are also preventing them from catering to...

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Message from the CEO: 16 January 2017

As the excesses of Christmas and New Year make way for positive resolutions for the year ahead (eating healthily...

As the excesses of Christmas and New Year make way for positive resolutions for the year ahead (eating healthily and exercising more always seem to top those lists!), we’ve continued receiving great feedback from our members on the pre-Christmas spending and Boxing Day sales periods, particularly in areas now...

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Retailers throw doors open at 7am for 1st day of extended SEQ trading hours

MEDIA RELEASEThe National Retail Association (NRA) has ushered in a new era for south-east Queensland retailers, shoppers and workers,...

MEDIA RELEASEThe National Retail Association (NRA) has ushered in a new era for south-east Queensland retailers, shoppers and workers, on the first day of its landmark extended and harmonised trading hours.NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said the new, relaxed trading hours, which kicked off at 7 this morning after the...

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Christmas and New Year Trading Hour Fact Sheet

The Christmas and New Year Trading Hours Fact Sheet for 2016/2017 is now available for NRA members.Click here to...

The Christmas and New Year Trading Hours Fact Sheet for 2016/2017 is now available for NRA members.Click here to access the fact sheet (updated 29 November 2016). If you require assistance or you would like more information about these trading hours, contact our Employment Law division via email or phone...

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Perth Trading Hours extended

The National Retail Association has notched up another win on the Christmas trade front with the West Australian Government...

The National Retail Association has notched up another win on the Christmas trade front with the West Australian Government extending retail trading hours in Perth over the Christmas/New Year period.The ruling will allow general retail shops in the Perth Metropolitan area to trade from 7am to 9pm Monday to...

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Message from the CEO: 17 October 2016

Love it or loathe it - it’s no secret that 90s fashion has been seeping into fashion stores all...

Love it or loathe it - it’s no secret that 90s fashion has been seeping into fashion stores all year. I wonder how many teenage girls even realise they’re dressing exactly like their mums did back in their heyday!But the real irony for south-east Queensland retailers selling out of...

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Time to reform retail trading hours

There is no greater obstacle to job creation in the retail industry than being forbidden from opening your doors...

There is no greater obstacle to job creation in the retail industry than being forbidden from opening your doors to trade due to government regulation. It remains the case that many states across Australia maintain complex and excessive layers of regulation concerning retail trading hours. The different legislation requirements for...

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Extending public holiday trading hours for Perth

General retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area will now be able to operate from 8am to 6pm on...

General retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area will now be able to operate from 8am to 6pm on Western Australia Day, 6 June. In a move to gradually ease retail training restrictions, Michael Mischin, commerce minister, said the extra trading hours would mean greater convenience, choice and flexibility...

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WA Trading Hours

The Western Australia Government is seeking to introduce a Bill to extend trading hours for general retail shops in...

The Western Australia Government is seeking to introduce a Bill to extend trading hours for general retail shops in the metropolitan area.If passed, the changes to the Bill will enable retailers to to trade between 7am to 9pm on weekdays (currently 8am to 9pm) and between 7am to 6pm...

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Message from the CEO: 4th December 2015

As a business owner or manager, you deal on a daily basis with a wide range of expenses –...

As a business owner or manager, you deal on a daily basis with a wide range of expenses – some large and some small, but each one impacting on your bottom line.  And, no doubt you often stop to reflect on the worth of each overhead to your ultimate...

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The NRA succeeds in its bid for one off trading on 28 December in regional Queensland

Because Boxing Day falls on a Saturday this year, an extra public holiday was gazetted by the Queensland Government...

Because Boxing Day falls on a Saturday this year, an extra public holiday was gazetted by the Queensland Government on Monday 28 December. For major retailers in regional areas of Queensland, this meant that they could not open their doors for four consecutive days over the Christmas Period –...

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Harper Review: pharmacies, trading hours and small business protection

This week the federal government announced its response to the Harper Competition Policy Review foreshadowing some of the most...

This week the federal government announced its response to the Harper Competition Policy Review foreshadowing some of the most significant business reforms in two decades.The final report made 56 recommendations for reforms across three key themes: competition policy, laws and institutions with 44 of those recommendations being supported whole...

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Message from the CEO: 27th November 2015

Aussies are spending more than ever before but visiting stores less, according to a snapshot of the country’s retail...

Aussies are spending more than ever before but visiting stores less, according to a snapshot of the country’s retail sector released this week.  The annual Roy Morgan State of the Nation report this year featured a special focus on retail.  It found spending on commodities topped $100 billion for...

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Harmonised trading hours one step closer as SEQ hearing begins

The National Retail Association (NRA) is today making its case to allow all shops in south east Queensland to...

The National Retail Association (NRA) is today making its case to allow all shops in south east Queensland to open from 7am to 9pm Monday to Saturday, during the first day of an anticipated three-week hearing in front of the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC). If successful, the NRA’s bid,...

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