Workplace Health & Safety Committee

Retailers face strategic, operational and compliance obligations in the sphere of workplace health and safety. As a directly consumer-facing industry, retailers face challenges to ensure staff as well as customer wellbeing.

 The ARA’s WHS Advisory Committee ensures retailers remain at the cutting edge of compliance requirements and remain abreast of emerging trends and initiatives in this area. In the post-Covid world, the Committee will continue to provide retail specific input to regulators both Federal and State.

The advisory committee is comprised of WHS leaders from ARA members across all membership categories.

Heads of/senior managers of Workplace Health & Safety or equivalent representatives nominated by premium ARA members.


The ARA’s Workplace Health and Safety Committee, comprised of workplace health and safety, people and culture and human resources executives, helps shape the ARA’s determination to improve the safety landscape for retailers.

Key Recent Issues

  • Update from Worksafe Victoria, Safe Work NSW
  • Managing team expectations and customers
  • Key triggers for customer aggression
  • WHS legislation updates

Participating Retailers

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

Committee Leaders

Amy Towers
Culture and Engagement Risk Expert,
Risk Collective

Nathalie Rosette-Barber
Chief Operating Officer,
Australian Retailers Association

Alethea Eckersley
Director – Member Relations,
Australian Retailers Association