Founded in 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is Australia’s largest retail association representing Australia’s $310 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people. As the retail industry’s peak representative body, the ARA works to ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 7,500 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. For more information, visit or call 1300 368 041.
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Celebrating the people that power retail - 2017 Individual Retailer of the Year

People power retail - and the heart of the industry are passionate individuals who truly love what they do and inspire those around them. The 2017 REST Industry Super Individual Retailer of the Year is recognised as a leader within the retail sector, inspiring their peers and making a...

Retailers can now celebrate tax fairness

On Monday the 19th of June, the Australian retail industry received a big win, with the Parliament passing the low-value GST legislation for offshore tangible goods under $1000. This legislation will mean Australian retailers will be able to trade on the same level playing field as international...

Fit-outs that stand out; celebrating exceptional store design

The role of expectational design has never been more important for retailers, as bricks & mortar stores shift their focus to provide the highest possible standard of customer experience. A commitment to creating a retail atmosphere that that elegantly blends ambience, aesthetics, and...

In search of Australia's most Remarkable Retailer

To be chosen as the ‘Best in Retail’ takes a remarkable retailer – an exemplar of leadership within the sector making an unrivalled contribution to the industry’s vibrancy and sustainability. The coveted 2017 eftpos Australian Retailer of the Year is set to be one of hardest on record to judge,...

Retail Disruptors; Pushing the boundaries of convention

In the ever-changing retail environment, it is the retailers that embrace change and push the boundaries of convention that shape future of the industry. Displaying a talent for imaginative innovation and exploring uncharted retail territory, disruptors march headfirst into the unknown and have...

CouriersPlease driving innovative solutions for retailers

With e-commerce a growing force in the Australian retail industry, leading parcel delivery service, CouriersPlease (CP), delivers more than 17 million parcels yearly Australia-wide and around the world. CouriersPlease’s Chief Operating Officer, Hoy Yen Hooper, will drive the strategy and...

Calling Australia's best Omni-Channel Retailer

The retail landscape has been shaped by the customer’s increasing expectations to be able to shop for anything, at anytime from anywhere. It is the retailers who embrace this desire for convenience through seamlessly integrate digital and offline channels that encapsulate the omni-channel...

Could you be the 2017 Retailer Employer of the Year?

With over 1.2 million people working in the retail, the sector is a vital source of employment for Australians. Retailers who exemplify what is to be leader employer of choice earn their standing through a genuine commitment to the people that power the industry, acknowledging their...

Top tips for a Winning Submission

Australia is overflowing with undiscovered retail excellence, and the ARA is on the hunt to find outstanding stores and individuals to enter The 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards.

Recognising Remarkable Retailers

The ARA is proud to announce the launch of the industry’s pre-eminent awards program, The 2017 eftpos ARA Australian Retail Awards. The prestigious event serves as a national stage to recognise the leaders and disruptors in the retail space, celebrating their contribution to moving retail...

ARA disagrees with Labor's 12 month delay to GST low-value imports

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) disagrees with Labor's announcement to delay the implementation of GST to low-value imports and strongly supports the Government in closing the Low Value Threshold (LVT) loophole for the purchase of offshore tangible goods under $1000.

Tips and Tricks for Addressing Absenteeism

Costing Australia over $32.5 billion per year, workplace absenteeism is not something to be taken lightly. It is extremely destructive, both financially and in regards to workplace morale and productivity, and the ARA Telephone Advisory Service receives hundreds of calls every year from...

A reduction in company tax is great news for retailers

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) believes the reduction in the company tax rate will attract retail investment, create jobs and help build a stronger Australian economy,

SmartScreen network launches in New Zealand

Scentre Group’s Westfield SmartScreen Network has made its debut to the Group’s New Zealand shopping centres.

LUC. Design hits the international stage and wins!

Hobart's own LUC. Design has won the Global Innovations Award (GIA) for Excellence in Visual Merchandising in Chicago. GIA (the IHA Global Innovation Awards) is the leading housewares industry awards program, covering the industry as a whole, including both retailers and manufacturers/designers,...

Sephora launches its first mobile shopping app in Australia and New Zealand

Global beauty authority SEPHORA today unveils its free iPhone and Android app, Sephora – Beauty Shopping, delivering to its customers a seamless shopping experience, live beauty content and exclusive offers.

Snapchat offering a sneak peak at the VAMFF

Pacific and Priceline Pharmacy will today debut Snapchat Spectacles at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) – with exclusive behind-the-scenes beauty footage at the Grand Showcase presented by marie claire.

The next big thing in mobile retailing

FinTech payments company Openpay has announced their partnership with RainCheck, the Australian platform developed to convert the 88% of shoppers who research online but then make their purchase offline. 

Stocard's next step to revolutionise retail

Stocard, the world’s leading mobile loyalty wallet, has recently announced its latest financing from, a Data Science Investment Group. Stocard will use this capital to launch a mobile payments functionality, expand in new markets including Australia and recruit engineers and...

ARA achieves historic reduction in Sunday Penalty Rates

The Full Bench of the Fair Work Commission issued its decision in the Penalty Rates case last Thursday 23 February 2017. The ARA sought a reduction in the Sunday Penalty Rate under the General Retail Industry Award 2010 (GRIA) from its current level of an additional 100% to 50%. The Full Bench...

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