Australian Retailers Association

Australian Retailers Association
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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A new augmented reality experience

Following the successful launch of their online store earlier this month, fashion retailer ZARA are not quite finished with disrupting retail sphere, with a pioneering in-store concept launching today.

The Melbourne Retail Festival


The Melbourne Retail Festival, a major, two day event over the 28th and 29th of March, is now less than a week away.

The ARA paving the way for the Millennial Movement

The ever-changing retail landscape sees new generations growing in importance. With millennials now making up a large portion of the retail sector, retailers need to invest in their staff to enhance their training and development processes to transform retail from a stepping-stone industry into...

Six common questions about casual employees

With autumn settled in, retail in Australia sets into full swing for the rest of the year. Many businesses are planning for strong retail sales in the upcoming months, planning and executing the next phase of their 2018 strategy. It is this time of the year where recruitment plays an important...

Melbourne Central #Pressforprogress this International Women's Day

For the first time, shopping precinct Melbourne Central will celebrate International Women’s Day this Thursday 8 March with giveaways and a free lunch. The day is a time to reflect and applaud the achievements of women, and bring forth empowerment for change.

National recycling label to combat growing waste issues

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), alongside Planet Ark and PREP Design, have launched a nation-wide labelling scheme that will help consumers better understand how to recycle products effectively. Leading members from the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), including...

The sustainable supermarket of the future

Australian grocers are welcoming innovation and anticipating new offerings with the newly formatted Woolworths store located in Sydney’s inner-west.

Workplace Investigations - are they really such a big deal?

Far from the seemingly glamourous investigations conducted by police on TV, workplace investigations are inevitably more tedious, less rewarding and are a drain on valuable resources. However, they are also a crucial step in handling allegations of misconduct by employees, and getting them wrong...

What’s in store for retailers this year?

The New Year is upon us and once again it’s time to prepare for what is shaping up to be another big year for the retail industry. So what are the key employment issues that ARA members should be aware of in 2017?

ERMS: Creating employment contracts

The ARA often receives calls from members who are having difficulties dealing with their employees when there is no employment contract in place to guide the employment relationship. These problems range from uncertainty about the correct notice period on termination, to disputes about what the...

Understanding part time employment

ARA Members often ask the Employment Relations Team questions regarding their part time workforce. Rostering issues, overtime entitlements and public holidays have recently topped the list. So why do you need to rethink your approach to part time employment?

Think you understand overtime? Think again

Members should be reminded that it is the modern Award or Enterprise Agreement that determines whether overtime is payable. This is because the Award or Agreement will prescribe the maximum duration of ordinary hours for a particular shift as well as the spread of hours during which these may be...

The discrimination of dress codes

Many employers set dress codes for their employees, whether for reasons of safety, professionalism, or a combination of the two. Some dress codes outline general limitations or guidelines, such as requiring enclosed shoes or prohibiting revealing clothing. Other dress codes may involve setting a...

Are you short changing your employees?

It has been a busy start to the year for the Fair Work Ombudsman with underpayments and Award compliance being specifically targeted. An astounding $22.3 million was reportedly recovered for 11,613 underpaid workers last financial year, and 2016 is shaping up as no different.

Extended trading hours for Western Australia

Perth retailers have welcomed the recent decision to permit General Retail Shops in the Metropolitan Area to open from 8am to 6pm on the Western Australia Day public holiday on June 6 2016 and the Queen's Birthday public holiday on September 26 2016.

Take home notes on annual leave

Annual leave is an important part of employee entitlements. Also known as holiday pay, it allows an employee to be paid while having time off from work. Full time employees will accrue four weeks (20 days) of annual leave per year, while part time employees will accrue a pro-rata amount. Annual...

How can I find the new wages on the Employment Relations Management System (ERMS)?

The national wage increase (2.4 percent) comes into effect from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2016, which means retailers need to get their heads around where the new wages are kept on the ERMS.

Constructive Dismissal, what is it?

The Fair Work Act says that a person has been dismissed if they have resigned from their employment but were forced to do so because of conduct, or a course of conduct, engaged in by his or her employer.” In other words, if the conduct within the workplace was so bad that the employee had no...

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