Tag Archives: Australian Retailers Association

Australia can lead fight against illicit trade, says ARA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) believes Australia is performing well against illicit trade, but now needs to extend its expertise further afield. An ARA-commissioned report, ‘The Global Illicit Trade Environment Index’, shows that Australia is ranked number five globally (against 84 countries) in combating illicit trade. But the report also says …

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Industry groups welcome penalty rates decision

The Australian Retailers Association, National Retail Association and the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman strongly support this week’s Federal Court verdict in upholding the Fair Work Commission’s penalty-rates decision to reduce Sunday and public-holiday penalty rates under the General Retail Industry Award 2010. The ARA has been at …

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Government’s Youth Jobs PaTH program supported by retail industry

Earlier this week, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Executive Director Russell Zimmerman showed his support for the government’s Youth Jobs PaTH (Prepare-Trial-Hire) program. According to a statement released by the ARA, the organisation has been working with the federal government to help young people in Australia looking to enter the …

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ARA proposes 1.2 per cent minimum wage increase

Australian Retailers Association Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says retailers are continuing to face a difficult operating environment and a 1.2 per cent minimum-wage increase is the best way to preserve employment within the retail sector. “Given economic uncertainties, historically low inflation along with rising costs for retailers, this 1.2 per …

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Two-stage transition for Sunday penalty rates proposed

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has proposed a phased approach to Sunday penalty rates, which it claims will allow retailers to implement the benefits of the penalty-rate reduction, in terms of additional hours of work and employment opportunities, in a reasonable manner. The proposal is for the Sunday penalty-rates reduction …

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