Supermarkets step up to meet global plastic challenge on World Environment Day

Media Release: Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, says Australians used 5.66 billion single-use plastic bags last financial year. Some of which contributed to the 13 million tonnes of plastic which makes its way into our oceans each year, entangling or being eaten by marine life such as turtles, […]

Western Australia’s proposed reforms to liquor regulation

Western Australia’s proposed reforms to restaurant and on-premises liquor licensing strike a sensible balance and should be used as the template for proposed changes to packaged liquor sales, according to Australia’s most representative retail industry association. The National Retail Association (NRA), representing close to 20,000 stores nation-wide, commended the State Government on its consultation process […]

NRA represents WA retailers in container deposit scheme

In 2017, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) established working groups to inform the design and implementation of Western Australia’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS). David Stout, Manager of Policy with the National Retail Association, has represented retailer interests throughout the consultation process and continues to represent retailers as a key member of the WA CDS […]

Red Rooster and Oporto to Get Rid of Single-Use Plastic Bags

Parent company Craveable Brands says some restaurants will be plastic bag-free within a month. Red Rooster, Oporto and Western Australian fast-food chain Chicken Treat have begun to phase out single-use plastic bags across their 570 Australian restaurants. Parent company Craveable Brands announced today it would be removing single-use bags by no longer replenishing stock, with […]

Western Australian retailers: Six months to prepare for the plastic bag ban

Western Australia is joining Queensland retailers in ‘banning the bag’ on 1 July 2018 Public submissions now open for upcoming plastic bag ban Feedback welcome via online survey or written submission Western Australians are being urged to start changing their plastic bag use with less than six months to go until the ban on lightweight, […]

Message from the CEO: 24 October 2016

Dominique Lamb CEO National Retail Association

Retailers have reason to be hopeful of a very Merry Christmas in 2016, following the release of the Commonwealth Bank Business Sales Index (BSI) for September. The BSI – released late last week – was jam-packed with good news for retailers on the consumer spending front and this should act as a real shot in […]

WA businesses scammed half a million dollars

Western Australian businesses and employees have been robbed of over half a million dollars in the past two years from scammers posing as bosses or suppliers. Consumer protection agencies are warning businesses, especially finance departments to be vigilant when assessing invoices. Since last year, $461,000 has been stolen from 15 companies through the supplier “payment […]

MEMBER ONLY ARTICLE – Inspection program looks at safety in takeaway food outlets

WorkSafe Western Australia is undertaking a proactive inspection program to look at safety issues in takeaway food outlets which will involve inspectors visiting fast food outlets in Perth and regional areas of the State throughout the 2016/17 financial year. WorkSafe Director Joe Attard said the inspection program had been prompted by a significant number of […]

Extending public holiday trading hours for Perth

General retail shops in the Perth metropolitan area will now be able to operate from 8am to 6pm on Western Australia Day, 6 June. In a move to gradually ease retail training restrictions, Michael Mischin, commerce minister, said the extra trading hours would mean greater convenience, choice and flexibility for consumers and for retailers, the […]

Does your business have a plan for managing parental leave?

All Australian employees are entitled to parental leave if they have worked for their employer for a least 12 months: before the date or expected date of birth. Parental leave entitlements may include: • Maternity leave• Paternity and partner leave• Adoption leave• Special maternity leave• A safe job and no safe job leave• A right […]

WA Trading Hours

The Western Australia Government is seeking to introduce a Bill to extend trading hours for general retail shops in the metropolitan area. If passed, the changes to the Bill will enable retailers to to trade between 7am to 9pm on weekdays (currently 8am to 9pm) and between 7am to 6pm on Saturdays (currently 8am to […]