Message from the CEO, Dominique Lamb: 26 December 2017

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Hard to believe that we’ve already reached Boxing Day in what has been a bumper Christmas for the Australian retail sector. We’re forecasting this Christmas trade period to be the biggest ever and I’m pleased to say that we’re predicting today’s Boxing Day sales to also be a record-breaker! In total, we’re calculating Aussie’s to […]

Policy Update: Boxing Day shopping here to stay in NSW

Boxing Day trade continues in NSW The NSW Government today announced it will legislate to allow Boxing Day trade to continue in all parts of NSW, in accordance with the findings of an independent review by Professor Percy Allan AM which considered feedback from retailers, employees and shoppers. NRA will update retailers on the implication […]

Message from the CEO: 18 April 2017

In recent months a number of Australian newspapers and blogs have been identifying international companies that are looking to enter the Australian retail market. Retail giant Amazon is expected to open their doors on Australian soil sometime later this year.  The Australian Financial Review (AFR) has published a number of articles since November 2016 relating […]

Message from the CEO: 28 December 2016

Dominique Lamb CEO National Retail Association

Boxing Day has lived up to being retail’s event of the year with increases seen in each state and territory across the country. Nationally, consumers have spent around $2.28 billion nationwide in the Boxing Day sales, which is up from $2.19 billion on last year. We have certainly seen economy-wide spending increases in recent months […]

Record-breaking Boxing Day bonanza on the cards for Aussie retailers

MEDIA RELEASE The National Retail Association (NRA) has today predicted Australian consumers will spend a record-breaking $2.28 billion when the roller doors go up this Boxing Day – the highest in Australia’s retail history. NRA CEO Dominique Lamb said shoppers this year were on track to spend around $100 million more than Boxing Day last […]

Trading hours win for Regional Queensland retailers

IMAGE The National Retail Association has succeeded in its application for a one-off exemption for major stores in regional Queensland to trade on the Boxing Day public holiday this year. In a judgement released today, the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission ordered that stores may trade between 8am and 5pm on the official boxing day holiday. […]

Message from the CEO: 27th November 2015

Aussies are spending more than ever before but visiting stores less, according to a snapshot of the country’s retail sector released this week.  The annual Roy Morgan State of the Nation report this year featured a special focus on retail.  It found spending on commodities topped $100 billion for the year to June, with approximately […]

Requesting employees to work on a public holiday

Given the public holidays that are fast approaching, members are reminded of the following matters arising out of section 114 of the Fair Work Act 2009  when requesting employees to work on a public holiday: 1. An employee is entitled to be absent from work on a day or a part-day that is a public […]

Message from the CEO: 20th November 2015

With only five weeks to go until Christmas, we’re well into the swing of the festive season. Last week, we welcomed the New South Wales Government’s landmark decision to allow retailers across New South Wales to open their doors on one of the biggest trading days of the year – Boxing Day.   Previously, Boxing […]

Message from the CEO: 13th November 2015

We are fast approaching one of the busiest and most rewarding times of the year.   This week, we’ve seen a landmark law passed in New South Wales, with the NSW Government allowing regional businesses to open their doors on Boxing Day, just in time for this year’s Christmas season.   The NRA strongly supported […]

Newsflash: Boxing Day NSW Amendment Bill 2015

The Retail Trading Amendment Bill 2015 (NSW) was introduced on the 11th of November and is the first major reform of trading laws since 2008. The bill (which has passed but will come into effect on the date of assent) removes the restrictions on NSW businesses from operating on Boxing Day (26th December). Previously, trading […]

Message from the CEO: 23rd October 2015

On Monday this week the Federal Government released its response to the Financial System Inquiry.  Of most interest for retailers was a commitment to prohibit merchants from levying credit card surcharges “that are greater than the cost to them of accepting payment by card”. A delegation from the NRA met with the new Treasurer, Scott […]