Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Membership Terms and Conditions
Any person, firm or company which meets the definition of an Eligible Member may apply for membership with the ARA.
An Eligible Member is any Operator of a Retail Industry Business and may include an Affiliate where approved by the ARA/ARA Council.
Businesses, corporations, individuals or companies that operate purely and primarily with the purpose of selling goods, services, materials or articles of any kind on a wholesale or non-retail basis, are not Eligible Members.
The ARA reserves the right to approve or deny membership to any person or body corporate in its total discretion.
As an ARA member, you can use ARA supplied services in line with these terms and conditions. Each Eligible Member will hold a Membership from the following.
Member definition types:
A basic membership for Eligible Members who meet the Basic Membership Eligibility Criteria and pay the Basic Membership Fee.
An unlimited/premium membership available to Eligible Members who meet the Premium Membership Criteria and who pay the Premium Membership Fee.
A specific membership for Affiliates only, who meet the Affiliate Membership Criteria and pay the Affiliate Membership Fee.
Academic Associate Membership
A specific membership for an Educational Institution or educational facilitator or teacher that is not eligible for regular membership.
Eligible Member services and who meets the Academic Associate Membership Criteria, receiving limited services relative to the teaching of Retail specific subjects and who pays the Academic Associate Membership Fee.
The ARA Council may admit to honorary life membership, any person who has served with distinction as a member of the ARA Council, or prior to 2006 as a member of the National Council or a Division Council.
Honorary Life members shall not be required to pay any annual subscription fees and they shall not be entitled to vote nor shall they be eligible for membership of the ARA Council nor take part in the affairs of the Association otherwise than to receive notice of and to be present at the meetings of the Association but not to speak thereat.
The ARA reserves the right to require any Member to provide Revenue evidence (including but not limited to audited financial accounts for the Member including any of its associates and related bodies corporate) upon application for membership and on the renewal of their Membership to determine the appropriate Membership Type and applicable Membership Fees for the Member for that annual period.
Membership Fees are bracketed based on Revenue. Members with Revenue above a Basic Membership Revenue Threshold will be required to upgrade their Membership to a Premium Membership.
Understanding our member options.
Membership Type Services
Annual Period Descriptions
Membership Fee renewal Increases: From time to time the ARA will apply a member levy or increase to the Membership Fees at the time the renewal notice is generated. In addition, where a Member’s Annual Revenue has increased during the prior year, the Membership Fees may be increased accordingly for the renewal year.
If a member shall:
infringe any of the rules or policies (as implemented or updated from time to time) of the Association;
be prosecuted for any act, neglect, default, proceeding or practice which the ARA Council in its discretion, may consider to be dishonorable or inconsistent with membership of the Association;
be placed into administration, liquidation, bankruptcy or generally suffer an insolvency event;
engage in any act or doing any thing which is likely to discredit the Association or harm its reputation;
make any comment or do any thing which is not in the best interests of the ARA or any or its members or the retail industry as a whole;
in the opinion of the ARA Council the interests of the Association are harmed or likely to be harmed by the member continuing to be associated with the ARA;
the ARA Council may, if it thinks fit, by notice in writing request the member to resign within a time to be specified in such notice and in default of the receipt of such resignation the ARA Council shall submit the question of his/her expulsion to a special meeting of the ARA Council to be called for that purpose.
The member whose expulsion is under consideration may attend such meeting and may show cause why he/ she should not be expelled from the Association. If after giving fair consideration to the member two- thirds of the members of the ARA Council present and voting at such meeting shall vote for the expulsion of such member he/she shall thereupon cease to be a member. The voting at any such special meeting shall be by ballot if not less than five members present so demand. The ballot shall be conducted in such a manner as the Chair shall decide. A declaration by the Chair that a resolution has been duly passed or that it has been lost shall be conclusive.
Academic Associate Membership – means the Membership offered to Academic Associate Eligible Members who meet the Academic Associate Membership Criteria, the membership benefits and limits of the Academic Associate Membership being as communicated by the ARA at the time of enrolment or renewal.
Academic Associate Membership Criteria– means the criteria an Eligible Member must satisfy in order to be eligible for an Academic Associate Membership.
Academic Associate Membership Fee – means the fee payable by the Academic Associate who holds an Academic Associate Membership, as updated from time to time.
Activated – meaning that the activation process of a Membership has been completed.
Affiliate – means any like-minded association or industry body that has direct ties with the retail sector as approved by the ARA in its total discretion.
Affiliate Membership – means the Membership offered to Affiliate Eligible Members who meet the Affiliate Membership Criteria, the membership benefits and limits of the Affiliate Membership being as communicated by the ARA at the time of enrolment or renewal.
Affiliate Membership Criteria – means the criteria an Eligible Member must satisfy in order to be eligible for an Affiliate Membership.
Affiliate Membership Fee – means the fee payable by the Affiliate who holds an Affiliate Membership, as updated from time to time.
Annual Revenue – means the annual revenue/earnings of an Eligible Member in each financial year including any related bodies corporate or associates within the Eligible Member’s corporate group.
Annual Revenue Thresholds– means the Annual Revenue thresholds/bands applicable to each Membership and which determine the appropriate membership for an Eligible Member and their corresponding Membership Fee.
ARA/the Association – Australian Retailers Association.
ARA Council – means a group of persons who supervise, govern or otherwise have oversight of a corporation, organisation, association or other like body including a Board of Directors, that have been elected.
Basic Membership – the base level membership available to Retail Industry Business Operators who meet the Basic Membership Criteria, the membership benefits and limits of the Basic Membership being as communicated by the ARA at the time of enrolment or renewal.
Basic Membership Criteria – means the criteria an Eligible Member must satisfy in order to be eligible for a Basic Membership including but not limited to Annual Revenue Thresholds.
Basic Membership Fee – means the fee payable by the Eligible Member who holds a Basic Membership, as updated from time to time.
Direct Debit/direct debited – an electronic method of transferring funds from a bank account or financial institution with the purpose of making a payment, often to an organisation often as part of recurring payments or a once off payment agreed upon by the payee.
Eligible Member – means an Operator of a Retail Industry Business who is eligible to be a member of the ARA as determined by this policy.
Fair Use Restrictions – means reasonable ‘fair use’ limits the ARA may impose (acting reasonably) on an Eligible Member (including a Premium Member) where it determines that a member is excessively, unreasonably or unfairly using member services.
Full Payment – payment of entire amount due for an annual membership that is normally made in a singular payment.
Funds transferred – monies for the purposes of you and your retail business gaining membership to the ARA payed to the ARA via electronic means or other means arranged by the payee.
Member – means an Eligible Member who has become a Member and means the Operator of the Retail Industry Business as defined in these terms.
Membership – Membership with the Australian Retailers Association which entitles members to services and benefits, depending on their Membership Type.
Membership Activation – the internal ARA process of validating and processing membership application and activation of membership and membership profile enabling services to be provided.
Membership Duration – the time period in which a membership is valid.
Member Care team – department within the Australian Retailers Association that manages membership services.
Member Contacts – means the number of registered employees of an Eligible Member who are permitted to access and use ARA services, depending on the allocated limits of a Membership Type.
Member Profile – the information relating to member records that is stored in an internal system.
Membership Fee – the annual fees payable by a Member for their ARA Membership, as determined by their Membership Type, Annual Revenue and in some cases, number of Member Contacts as updated from time to time.
Membership services – services available to members of the ARA as advises at the type of application or renewal of Membership, depending on the Membership Type.
Membership Type – the type of membership held by an Eligible Member including but not limited to, Basic Membership, Premium Membership, Affiliate Membership, Academic Associate Membership and Life Membership.
Operator – the individual, body corporate, partnership or other legal owner or operator of the Retail Industry business and includes any related bodies corporate or associates (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001 Cth) where such related bodies corporate and/or associates are substantially involved win the primary Retail Industry Business.
Overdue Renewal of membership – payment for the renewal of an annual membership not being made by the date that the new annual membership period begins or the date mentioned on the invoice provided to the member for the purposes of renewing membership with the ARA.
Part Payment Agreement – a formal agreement that is signed by an individual or organisation or corporation with the purpose of arranging a limited amount of part payments for the payment of the full payable amount of the annual membership fee.
Part Payment Schedule – the nominated dates on which the signee of the Part Payment Agreement has agreed to have funds/monies direct debited from their nominated bank account or financial institution for the payment of membership fees.
Premium Membership – the top level membership available to Retail Industry Business Operators who meet the Premium Membership Criteria, the membership benefits and limits of the Premium Membership being as communicated by the ARA at the time of enrolment or renewal.
Premium Membership Criteria – means the criteria an Eligible Member must satisfy in order to be eligible for a Premium Membership including but not limited to Annual Revenue Thresholds.
Premium Membership Fee – means the fee payable by the Eligible Member who holds a Premium Membership, as updated from time to time.
Renewal – the time in which the annual membership period expires and new membership period commences.
Retail Industry Business – the business of an Operator involving the sale of goods to Australian end consumers via any means including bricks and mortar stores and online retailing but excluding where goods are sold predominantly or substantially for the purpose of resale or wholesale.
Same annual period – within the annual period of a current annual membership as described in Annual period.
Suspended – temporarily put on hold.
Transfer – change of legal entity or trading name to a signatory other than the signatory that is currently listed under the current member profile during the current annual period of membership.
You/your – the Eligible Member that signed the membership & direct debit request.