• The ARA’s CEO Forum provides the retail industry with a platform of thought leadership on macro trends and issues affecting the sector.

  • The Forum consists of CEOs and nominated executives from across Australia’s largest retailers.


  • Participating members act in an advisory capacity to facilitate a united, integrated approach to issues in a dynamic retail environment.

  • Eligibility: C-suite representatives of premium ARA members with a sales turnover above $100 million 


The Forum was formed amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and facilitated the development of a unified retail industry voice to: 

  • Ensure an integrated approach to government in a dynamic crisis environment. 

  • Advise on and maximise the effectiveness of communications with ARA members and stakeholders.

  • Proactively inform the agenda of the ARA in lobbying of state and federal governments

  • Strengthen the corporate social responsibility of retail members, and of the wider industry, at a time of crisis. 



Richard Murray 

CEO, Premier Retail

Key Recent Issues

  • COVID-19 Crisis Response & Recovery 

  • Input to economic support packages and programs 

  • Wages policy 

  • Corporate social responsibility 

  • Macro trends and changes in retail 

Participating Retailers include:

Harvey Norman, CostCo, API, Amazon, Brand Collective, Super Retail Group, Kmart, Woolworths, Minor DKL, Wilson Parking and many more.