Industry Affairs

The Industry Affairs Advisory Committee helps guide and inform ARA’s policy agenda and response to government and regulatory affairs.

Our members have received powerful benefits from the ARA’s advocacy wins over the past 12 months, including industrial relations reform for casual workers, ongoing rental relief for retail tenants, and financial support from state and federal governments.

This advocacy has been enabled by regular engagement with government, which has also meant that the ARA has been able to communicate public health measures and support packages to our members, often before government has been able to communicate through their own channels.


12 months to 31 January 2022

  • 50+ direct meetings with Government
  • 72 Government letters
  • 27 formal submissions to government
  • 150+ government – industry roundtables, forums and briefings
  • 120 advocacy-based media releases
  • 24,000+ media mentions
  • 55 member surveys on advocacy topics
  • 95 Covid-19 member updates
  • 90+ advisory committee meetings
The ARA Industry Affairs Advisory Committee consults on ARA submissions and parliamentary committee appearances to integrate member experiences into correspondence and testimony.

Key Recent Issues

  • Federal Budget Submission: The ARA has made its pre-budget submission ahead of the Federal Budget, which has been brought forward from mid-May 2022 to 29 March 2022. Our submission made 26 recommendations in seven focus areas. Access the full submission here.
  • FWC annual wage review submission
  • Covid-19 support measures
  • Covid-19 health settings
  • Trading hours
Committee Leaders

Fleur Brown
Chief Industry Affairs Officer,
Australian Retailers Association

Jason Robertson
Director – Policy, Sustainability and Impact,
Australian Retailers Association

Become a Committee Member