Employments and Skills
Advisory Committee 

  • The ARA’s Learning and Development Advisory Committee (combined NSW and Victoria) provides the retail industry with leadership specific to learning and development practices.

  • The L&D Committee consists of HR and L&D professionals and provides leadership on issues relating to learning, future workforce needs, skill benchmarks and trends.

  • It has a history of achievement that gives effect to the Retail Institute and its depth of expertise in retail. 

  • The Committee supports new current short courses, and large-scale programs such as the National Careers Institute 

  • Eligibility: Senior L&D / HR / People & Culture representatives nominated by premium ARA members 


Diploma of Retail Merchandise Management 

(Buying and Merchandise Planning)

  • Directly stemming from committee consultation

  • Course design and accreditation

  • Over 100 learners represented by over 30 different retail brands have commenced the Diploma

  • New enrolments were received in May and June 2020


Placement Programs

Secured National and State funding which has helped run specific indigenous, migrant and refugee programs


Advocacy for Retail Skills

Advocated for appropriate duration and effectiveness of training  to better meet the needs of the retail sector through submissions and lobbying.

Key Recent Issues

  • National Careers Institute:  Purpose | Stakeholders | Audience | Application

  • Infection Control Skillsets – development and delivery of training for COVID-Safety Plans

  • Online Retail Courses

  • Workwell Learning Networks update

  • SDA-Nobody Deserves a Serve/Respect & Resilience (campaign & training)

  • Jobseeker Programs

  • Retail Ready Jobs Program 

  • Victorian WorkSafe Learning Network

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Learning & Development Manager,

Chemist Warehouse

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HR Operations Manager,

Lagardere Traspac

For more information, please contact the secretariat for this committee: araadvisory@retail.org.au

Participating Retailers include:

API, Chemist Warehouse, Super Retail Group, Mecca, Myer, Harris Farm Market, Fantastic Holdings, 7-Eleven, Retail Prodigy Group and many more