Employment Relations

The Committee actively supports the ARA’s advocacy strategy, priorities, and functions in relation to Australia’s industrial relations framework. Members benefit from the exchange of ideas and information, and support the ARA’s role to educate and support members across emerging issues.

The Employment Relations Advisory Committee consists of retail representatives across executive, people and culture, HR, and employee relations roles.

Senior workplace relations/HR/people & culture representatives nominated by premium ARA members.


  • Facilitating a forum of thought leadership to determine the impact of ongoing changes in policies and legislative decisions
  • Providing industry-specific support to respond to government inquiries and consultations
  • Identifying issues likely to impact retailers to support the ARA’s role to educate and inform members to support regulatory compliance
  • Supporting the ARA to influence outcomes of the Federal Government’s IR Working Groups, with direct industry input and direct advocacy to government and media

Key Recent Issues

  • Federal Industrial Relations Changes 
  • Fair Work Commission Changes
  • Enterprise Agreement Making
  • General Retail Industry Award
  • Minimum Wage Reviews
  • Compliance and Enforcement

Participating Retailers

Australia Post, Barbeques Galore, Coles, McDonalds, Priceline, Adairs, Cotton On, Michael Hill,  and many more.

Committee Leaders

Nathalie Rosette-Barber
Chief Operating Officer,
Australian Retailers Association

Alethea Eckersley
Director – Member Relations,
Australian Retailers Association