Retail Voice CEO Message: 2 November 2022

With Melbourne Cup Day behind us, we’re officially in the home stretch to Christmas. It’s been an intense build-up, with the ABS September trading figures showing a powerful 18% increase in spending over the same period last year.

Retail Voice CEO Message: 26 October 2022

The Albanese Government has handed down its first budget, which points to some tough times ahead, with inflation to peak at 7.75% and economic growth forecast to slow next financial year.  

Retail Voice CEO Message: 12 October 2022

While staff shortages are continuing to grow in retail, the skills crisis is also deepening according to the National Skills Commission. The 2022 Skills Priority List was released in the past week, which shows shortages in 286 occupations, up from 153 in 2021.

Retail Voice CEO Message: 5 October 2022

There’s less than 12 weeks till Christmas – our busiest time of year – and not surprisingly, staff shortages are the most pressing concern as businesses ramp up recruitment to meet demand.

Retail Voice CEO Message: 28 September 2022

As we enter the all-important Christmas trading quarter, retail sales have continued on their record-breaking run. The August figures released by the ABS today show sales up 0.6% compared to the previous month and up 19.2% on the same time last year.

Retail Voice CEO Message: 14 September 2022

As we head towards the next global Climate action milestone with the COP27 event in November, the ARA is focused on delivering a raft of new member support services in the sustainability space.

Retail Voice CEO Message: 7 September 2022

It’s truly been a watershed month for our sector. Last Wednesday, we brought our sector together for our inaugural ARA Gala – the first time we’ve gathered our diverse community together to celebrate the resilience of retail. It was an epic night and you can get a taste of the event in this video.

Retail Voice CEO Message: 31 August 2022

The Federal Government’s Jobs and Skills Summit gets underway in Canberra tomorrow with around a hundred representatives from the business, union and community sectors gathering for two days of discussions.

Retail Voice CEO Message: 24 August 2022

The Federal Government’s Jobs and Skills Summit is fast approaching, and pleasingly the ARA will have a seat at the table, representing the interests of our members and our $400 billion industry.