Greg Griffith

Australia’s $400 billion retail industry is experiencing seismic shifts in the way households adapt to the cost of living pressures and interest rates.

While it is near impossible to predict consumer behaviour in the months ahead, members can prepare for the next quarter with an understanding of the sector’s economic position in the months past. The third edition of our Quarterly Economic Outlook Report is available now for free to all members. The information within will assist you with making decisions for your business moving forward in our current landscape. You can access the report here.

The Federal Government’s energy efficiency grant program is open and I encourage all members to consider their applications. Now is the time to invest in technology that safeguards your business from climate factors and rising energy costs in the long term – view more details on the program here.

The NRA has published its Easter and Anzac Day public holiday trading hours factsheet for each state and territory. Members should be considering their staffing and rostering needs now for the looming holiday season, which is just over three weeks away. To ensure your business is complying with all recent changes to the restrictions and entitlements of public holiday trading, get the facts here.

Our final session covering workplace relations changes under the Secure Jobs, Better Pay Act is scheduled for next week. This is your last chance to ensure you are up to date on everything you need to know about the legislation before it comes into effect from July 1. Retailers must be across several developments brought about from this bill, including sexual harassment, multi-enterprise bargaining and sunsetting zombie agreements. Join Director of Legal Lindsay Carroll and NRA Legal Associate Bradley Ellacott on Thursday 23 March, more details here.

Have a great week.