Category: Policy

Government’s IR reforms not given enough time for fair scrutiny

The country’s largest and most diverse peak body for retail, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA), has called for more consultation and scrutiny of the Albanese Government’s Secure Jobs, Better Pay Bill to ensure it succeeds in achieving its objectives for employees and employers and builds on the goodwill established between employer groups and unions during the recent Jobs and Skills Summit.

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Australian Retailers Association

ARA Wrap-Up: Federal Budget 2022

The Albanese Government’s first Federal Budget painted a concerning picture of global economic pressures, with Treasurer Jim Chalmers hosing down expectations for broad cost of living measures or far-reaching new investment programs outside of those announced.

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Australian Retailers Association

Current restrictions on teenage employment in each state and territory

Following on from the Jobs and Skills Summit, the ARA continues to advocate for a nationally aligned approach to employment for teenaged workers, which would provide workplace benefits to teenagers across the country, as well as targeting labour shortages in areas where teenaged workers can acquire valuable digital and working skills.

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The Hon Jim Chalmers MP

Ministerial Statement on the Economy

Federal Treasurer, The Hon Jim Chalmers MP speech 28 July 2022 Speaker – Australians are overwhelmingly optimistic and confident people. Our optimism, and that confidence, is well‑founded – because it

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