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March 14, 2018
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A jarring January for Australian retailers

The ARA believe January 2018 trade figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) represent a timid post-Christmas trade, with a 2.09% total growth year-on-year.

The ARA securing retailers a brighter future

The ARA have defeated the Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association’s application to provide additional public holiday entitlements to full-time and part-time employees.

Leases are assets not liabilities

This year retailers should review their real estate as an asset. Thinking outside the box, and closing off areas may be a better option.

Innovation in Australian fashion

The Australian Circular Fashion Conference will be country’s first ever, industry-only, event focussed on fashion sustainability.

Consider hiring online

Hiring staff can be difficult,but recruiting online can help you reach more the right candidates, in a faster and more effective way.

The ARA proposes to preserve employment

With recent retail sales showing a weak trading environment for retailers, the ARA proposes a 1.9% minimum wage increase to restore balance. An increase in line with inflation is the best way to conserve employment within the retail sector.

ATO helping retailers get their tax and super right

Over the past few years, the ATO has been visiting businesses around Australia in an effort to ensure Aussie business owners have the support and information they need to get their tax and super right. Are you being compliant?

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Late payments can cause significant problems for small businesses. Along with extended payment terms, late payments can easily put a business out of operation. Make sure you promote your commitment to good payment practices today.

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Upcoming Events
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FREE ER briefing - year in preview
In our first briefing of 2018, the ARA will discuss key influences that will impact how retailers deal with their workforce.


Sydney: March 15th 10:00am - 11:30am- AEST

Mentally healthy workplaces
Equip frontline managers and supervisors with the skills to identify and manage risks to mental health within their workplace.


Brisbane: Free workshop 8:30am - 12:30pm- AEST

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Retail HR Forum: Millennial Movement
With millennials making up a large portion of the retail sector, retailers need to invest in their staff to transform retail into a long-term career.


Melbourne: March 20th 2:00pm - 4:30pm- AEST

About the Australian Retailers Association
Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is Australia's largest association, representing the country's $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people.