We host and facilitate a wide range of member-only and public events that connect you with like-minded retailers, industry leaders and change-makers.

Be inspired by thought-leaders and experts in their field… as they shape the future of the Australian retail landscape.

ARA | Deloitte Gender Equality Symposium


The ARA | Deloitte Gender Equality Symposium on 2 June 2022 was equally challenging and inspiring. As leaders, we have the opportunity to step up to this challenge to better our sector and our community.

Deloitte have been leaders and fierce advocates for gender equality, and we are grateful for their continued partnership in enabling this event to occur.

With special thanks to David Leser and Natasha Stott Despoja, along with all our panellists, for your stewardship and sharing of insights.

Together, let’s accelerate meaningful change.


Future Warehouse 2022

Disruption from COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the supply chain network globally, forcing all business leaders to rethink in order to successfully partner and innovate starting from the epicentre of […]

Employee Engagement and Retention

With the great resignation upon us, businesses are facing significant levels of staff turnover. This webinar will focus on: - Tips for building a higher performance culture - Staff retention […]

SMH Sustainability Summit

Sustainability has been front and centre of this year’s Federal Election campaign reflecting the importance the community places on the future of the planet. Organisations have, so far, been ahead […]

2022 ARA Christmas Insights Breakfast

Fullerton Hotel Sydney 1 Martin Place, Sydney

The inaugural ARA Christmas Insights Breakfast event will herald in the Christmas trading season for our retail community. Hear first-to-market seasonal data insights and predictions from leading industry experts. Enjoy […]



Having navigated the global pandemic, Australian retail is now moving on to tackle the next big global disruption – climate change.

With thanks to our event strategic partner, American Express, this important event saw the launch of our Climate Action plan, sharing what the ARA is doing to help the sector transition to the low-carbon economy of the future.



Town Hall with Paul Zahra

In this exclusive open discussion with Paul Zahra, we explored the key issues affecting Australian retailers right now. Topics included: – Supply chain resilience – Finding and retaining talent – Sustainability at a business’s core – Diversity, Equality and Inclusion – Industry recovery – Technology and innovation Paul Zahra is a leading figure of Australian […]

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Retail State of the Nation: Post COVID challenges and opportunities

The global pandemic significantly impacted consumers and disrupted the retail sector. As Australia emerges from this period, essentially learning to live with COVID, it is clear the landscape has changed. In 2022, the retail sector has continued to deliver record sales results – however challenges remain. An acceleration of online shopping has brought forward infrastructure […]

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ARA Small Biz Series: Putting the busy back into small busi-ness

In this instalment of the ARA’s Small Biz webinar series, ARA CEO Paul Zahra interviews Lynda McAlary-Smith, Victorian Small Business Commissioner. In this interactive and open Q&A session, we discussed: > Tips for avoiding commercial disputes > Managing conflict > Addressing the current staff shortage > Current staff and business training initiatives available in Victoria

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