NRA delighted to support new apprentices program

The NRA is delighted to announce that it is partnering with employment organisation BUSY At Work to deliver a new apprentice program called Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) that will support over 40,000 apprentices nationwide. This will include intensive support to retail apprentices and trainees in the first two years of training in […]

Introducing our new lawyer for NRA Legal

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our membership to our new lawyer on the NRA Legal team, Emma Treherne. Emma brings over 10 years’ experience in workplace relations and human resources management experience to the National Retail Association.  Emma has previously worked for Australian Industry Group, a leading employer association, and in-house roles at […]

Warwick shoppers out in force for first day of Sunday trade

The NRA’s bid to bring Sunday trading to the regional south-east Queensland town of Warwick came to fruition last Sunday, with eager shoppers at the ready for Rose City Shoppingworld’s 9am opening.  Of the centre’s 40 stores, anchor tenants Woolworths and Big W kicked off with solid trading, alongside a further 19 SMEs including locally-owned […]

Helping your workers learn new skills

Low levels of literacy and numeracy does not mean that an individual is not capable of reading or completing workplace tasks. Rather it means the reading and numeracy tasks of their job role may, on occasion, be beyond their existing skill level and they may need some additional time and assistance. At various points in […]

Message from the CEO: 10 October 2016

Dominique Lamb CEO National Retail Association

As you know, the NRA speaks up on a range of issues that affect not only members and other retailers, but also their employees and the entire retail sector. And while we’ve had a lot of success in recent years bringing major issues to the attention of government, sometimes you do question whether anyone is […]

Unfair Domestic Violence Dismissal – Courts reject employer’s appeal

In a recent application for judicial review, the Federal Circuit Court of Australia dismissed Eliana Construction and Developing Group Pty Ltd.’s application stating that they had no basis for unfairly dismissing an employee who had suffered domestic violence by her partner, who was also employed at the same company. The company’s reason for dismissing the […]

Sexual Harassment and Assault in the Workplace

Recent statistics have discovered that sexual harassment in the workplace is at an all-time high with 25% of women and 16% of men experiencing this form of harassment. In July, the Supreme Court ordered WorkCover to pay a family support worker over $1.5 million after she was sexually assaulted by a client within the workplace. […]

Back to Work Funding now available for Queensland members

Applications are now open for eligible employers to access the Queensland Government’s Back to Work Employer Support Payments. This $100 million Back to Work regional jobs package specifically targets jobseekers and employers outside the southeast corner of Queensland and includes payments of $10,000 for employers who hire an unemployed worker, rising to $15,000 for the […]

Advance Queensland Funding

As part of the Advance Queensland agenda, the Ignite Ideas Fund allows Queensland businesses and startups to apply for funding up to $250,000 to help turn their ideas into market-ready products, create jobs and grow the Queensland economy. The Ignite Ideas Fund will help small to medium size business demonstrate the feasibility of their new […]