Workplace Relations

Advisory Committee

  • The Workplace Relations Advisory Committee consists of retail representatives across executive, people and culture, HR, and employee relations roles. 

  • The Committee actively supports the ARA’s advocacy strategy, priorities, and functions in relation to Australia's industrial relations framework 

  • Members benefit from the exchange of ideas and information, and support the ARA's role to educate and support members across emerging issues 

  • Eligibility: Senior workplace relations / HR / people & culture representatives nominated by premium ARA members 


  • Facilitating a forum of thought leadership to determine the impact of ongoing changes in policies and legislative decisions 

  • Providing industry-specific support to respond to government inquiries and consultations 

  • Informing the development and execution of the ARA’s penalty rates campaign strategy 

  • Identifying issues likely to impact retailers to support the ARA's role to educate and inform members to support regulatory compliance 

  • Supporting the ARA to influence outcomes of the Federal Government’s IR Working Groups, with direct industry input and direct advocacy to government and media 

Key Recent Issues

  • Federal IR Working Groups 

  • Award simplification. 

  • Enterprise agreement making. 

  • Casuals and fixed term employees, and recent changes through the Fair Work Commission. 

  • Compliance and enforcement. 


Robyn Batson

Group People & Development Manager, 

Sussan Group

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

Participating Retailers include:

7 Eleven, Bunnings, Kmart, Woolworths, Coles, Myer, Foodco, Bakers Delight, API and many more.