Tag Archives: ARA

ARA knocks back calls for further holiday entitlements

The Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees’ Association’s (SDA) application calling for retailers to provide additional public-holiday entitlements has been defeated by the Australian Retailers Association (ARA). The application would have entitled full-time and five-days-per-week part-time employees to a day’s pay, a day off with pay, or a day added to …

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ARA calls for corporate tax cuts

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) is calling for a competitive corporate tax rate to sustain growth and drive prosperity for the country’s $310 billion retail sector. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says the ARA works hard to advocate and support employers and employees working in the sector as the Australian …

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Christmas sales match predictions

Australians spent a record $47.5 billion during the 2017 Christmas period, according to the December 2017 retail-sales data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The figures closely align with the pre-Christmas forecasts made by peak retail industry body the National Retail Association (NRA), which predicted $48 billion in …

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ARA to address Australia’s retail skills gap

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has recognised “a critical-skills need” for formal education for entry- to mid-level buyer and merchandise planner roles in Australian retail as a result of the significant changes made to 457 visas. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says although the retail sector was not consulted on …

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Shoppers tipped to spend $50bn-plus this Christmas

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and Roy Morgan Research’s Annual Pre-Christmas Sales Predictions indicate shoppers will spend more than $50 billion in Australia’s retail stores over the Christmas trading period from November 15 to December 24. ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman says that although the Australian retail industry has been …

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Retail turnover relatively unchanged in September

Australian retailers have now experienced three consecutive months of zero or negative growth, highlighting the very challenging environment they currently face. Australian retail turnover was unchanged (zero per cent) in September 2017, seasonally adjusted, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) retail trade figures. This follows a fall …

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ARA declares senate committee report a slap in the face for young retail employees

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) released a statement that strongly urges that the Senate Education and Employment Committee’s recommendations in the penalty rates report be rejected. According to the ARA, the Labor majority on the committee “have no understanding of the penalty rates decision’s positive impact on employment in the …

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ARA call for BOOT Test inquiry

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has entered a submission to the Senate Education and Employment Committee on the Senate Penalty Rates Inquiry regarding Enterprise Bargaining Agreements (EBA). The inquiry will focus on the effectiveness of the Better-Off Overall Test (BOOT) for EBAs and their direct relationship with penalty rates within …

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