Greg Griffith

In a big win for the retail sector, the New South Wales Government announced this week that new legislation will be introduced to protect retail workers from customer aggression. The National Retail Association has strongly advocated for all States and Territories to introduce laws to protect retail workers, in line with South Australia and New South Wales. You can read more about the announcement here.

With these significant proposals taking place for retailers currently, we want to hear from businesses across Australia and help advocate for you. We understand that businesses are impacted by the effects of COVID-19, inflation, low consumer confidence, and rising energy and rental costs, that is why we want to know how we can help shape our services to best serve you and your business. If you have a moment, please complete our survey here.

In exciting news, our highly anticipated National Retail Awards are back again and open for nominations. We’re looking for individuals and organisations who have made a significant impact in the retail sector through their hard work, dedication, and innovation. Nominate yourself or a deserving retail business today and take the first step towards becoming a retail winner. This year’s National Retail Awards promises to be an unforgettable event, and we can’t wait to see all the amazing nominations that come through. You can find all the information you need about the event and the nomination process right here.

Our Sustainability team has also been working around the clock to provide support and advice to businesses navigating State and Territory single-use plastic bans. In addition, we are here to assist businesses who have questions about packaging, best practice, industry standards, and how to avoid greenwashing. To join in the discussion on single-use plastics, you can register for free here. For any packaging and single-use plastics-related questions, please contact

In recent news, the Fair Work Commission announced changes to the minimum wage and award minimum wages. A reminder to all members that the recent changes announced will take effect on July 1. If you have questions about rates of pay or being prepared for these changes, please call our Workplace Relations hotline on 1800 RETAIL (738 245).

Our Workplace Relations team will also be hosting a session on Identifying and Understanding Psychosocial Risks on Wednesday 5 July. Register now and take the first step towards creating a safer and healthier work environment for you and your employees by securing a ticket here.

Have a great week.