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our mission

To ensure retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for members.

About ARA

Founded in 1903, The Austrailan Retailers Association (ARA) is the peak industry body representing Austraila’s more than $300 billion sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people.

ARA HAS BEEN ENSURING THE success of its members for
the retail sector is worth over
in the last 6 years, the ara retail institute trained over
the ara has developed for
policies & codes of
ARA policy successes have delivered the retail industry over
million in savings
to australia`s economy, employing over
million people
of Australia`s top 20 retailers
are ara members
ARA policy successes have delivered the retail industry over
new jobs
offered to candidates who completed the ‘retail ready’ jobs program

ARA History

  • 1903
    Master Retailers Association of NSW formed
  • 1910
    Master Grocers folds and joins Master Retailers Association of NSW
  • 1921
    Name changed to The Retail Traders Association of New South Wales
  • 1940
    Australian Council of Retailers formed
  • 1943
    First Australian Council of Retailers annual conference held in Melbourne
  • 1974
    Australian Council of Retailers becomes Australian Retailers Association
  • 1989
    Australian Retailers Association becomes Retail Traders Association of Australia
  • 1991
    The Retail Traders Association of Australia becomes the Retail Council of Australia
  • 1998
    Heads of agreement from state associations signed to amalgamate into the Australian Retailers Association
  • 2004
    Australian Retailers Association approved as a registered organisation under the Workplace Relations Act
  • 2006
    State divisions abolished and the Australian Retailers Association becomes a truly national body

ARA Council

The ARA council is the governing borad of the Australian Retailers Association, Comparising of representatives from Australian retailer businesses large and small

Roger Gillespie

ARA Council President, Founder & CEO Bakers Delight

Mark Daynes

ARA Council Member, CEO Jeanswest

Mhairi Holway

ARA Council Member, VP Human Resources Pandora

Steven Plarre

ARA Council Member, CEO Plarre Foods

Robyn Batson

ARA Council Member, HR Director Sussan Group

Ralph Edwards

ARA Council Member, CEO Bright Eyes

Graham Dear

ARA Council Member, CEO Leading Edge Group

Anthony Wilson

ARA Council Member, Owner Saltwater Wine

Rowan Hodge

ARA Council Member, CEO Battery World

Toby Darvall

ARA Council Member, CEO Ishka

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