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EVENTS

 

We host and facilitate a wide range of member-only and public events that connect you with like-minded retailers, industry leaders and change-makers.

Be inspired by thought-leaders and experts in their field… as they shape the future of the Australian retail landscape.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Impact X Summit Sydney 2022

Impact X Climate Change Summit We are only four weeks from the most important climate event happening in Australia, the Impact X Summit, with LIVE sessions from COP 27 held […]

ARA AGM 2022

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) Annual General Meeting is an important time to reflect on the year that was and review our results and achievements. All ARA members are invited […]

Net Zero Accelerator Workshop – Sydney

The Accelerator Program will build upon the fundamentals of the Essentials series and dig into the practical considerations a business needs to take action. It will provide professional development and […]

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Net Zero Accelerator Workshop – Melbourne

The Accelerator Program will build upon the fundamentals of the Essentials series and dig into the practical considerations a business needs to take action. It will provide professional development and […]

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FEATURED EVENTS

Sustainability – The next strategic imperative

OnDemand Webinar

As we move beyond the worst effects of the pandemic, retailers are preparing for the next big disruptor – sustainability. No longer an after-thought or bolt-on, sustainability has become a strategic imperative with the potential to drive profits, loyalty and innovation.
virtual

ARA Leaders Forum 2023

Wednesday 22 February 2023
9:00am - 7:00pm

Sydney

Exclusive, unmissable conversations from keynote speakers, CEO panel sessions and fire-side chats.
Conference

Save the Date - ARA Gala No.1 2023

Tuesday 8 August 2023
5:00pm - 10:30pm

Melbourne

We are excited to announce that the ARA Gala No.1 will return for a second year in 2023.
Gala event

ARA Gala No.1

2022

On the evening of 31 August 2022, members of the retail community gathered to celebrate the culture and resilience of the retail sector at the inaugural ARA Gala No.1 black-tie event, presented by Afterpay.

Guests were welcomed by Emma Mildenhall, Wurundjeri woman, accompanied by a beautiful cinematic and music arrangement featuring Wurundjeri man, Kiernan Ironfield on didgeridoo alongside the The Raah Project Orchestra, and an opening performance of ‘Great Southern Land’ by Bonnie Anderson

With the fabulous Tony Armstrong our Master of Ceremonies for the evening, we heard welcoming addresses from The Right Honourable Sally Capp, Lord Mayor of Melbourne, and ARA CEO Paul Zahra.

Dining on an Around the Nation culinary experience, guests were then treated to a spectacular runway show of Australian Designers. Produced by Afterpay and opened by Afterpay’s Head of Country Katrina Konstas, the runway was a true representation of our combined focus on diversity, equality and inclusion in the retail sector.

The ARA was proud to announce the winner of the Women Leaders in Retail Scholarship, a new initiative founded by the Australian Retailers Association in partnership with Chief Executive Women. CEW Committee Chair Deidre Willmott and Craveable Brands CEO Karen Bozic naming Virginia Leaf, General Manager Finance at Wesfarmers OneDigital, the worthy recipient.

Thanks to Virgin Australia and its award-winning loyalty program Velocity Frequent Flyer, we announced the winner of a special lucky draw prize – a voucher for a whopping 500,000 Velocity Points.

We closed out the evening with an incredible performance by legendary Kate Ceberano, then joined by Bonnie Anderson for a passionate duet of “I’m Every Woman”, and closed with an official toast to the sector by ARA President Nicole Sheffield, before switching gears into the after party vibes.

With special thanks to our event presenting partner Afterpay for enabling the night-of-nights for the retail sector to come to life, partners AWS, City of Melbourne and Virgin Australia, and supporting partners ARA Insurance, Idle Hour Vodka, Joey Scandizzo Salon and San Pellegrino.

We look forward to welcoming the Australian retail community at the ARA Gala again in 2023.

ARA | Employment Relations Breakfast

2022

We were delighted to host 80+ members of the ARA retail community at our recent ARA Employment Relations breakfast at the InterContinental Rialto Melbourne in November 2022.

Joining ARA CEO Paul Zahra on stage were, Amanda Curatore (ARA Employment Relations), Duncan Stone (PaidRight), and Deborah Potts (REST Super), discussing the hot topics for retailers and human resource professionals – from pending changes to the industrial relations landscape, workplace relations case law, tackling the gender pay gap and payroll compliance.

With special thanks to event partner PaidRight for enabling this fantastic event to occur.

ARA | Christmas Insights Breakfast

2022

We were delighted to host 120+ members of the ARA retail community at our recent ARA Christmas Insights breakfast at the Fullerton Hotel Sydney in early October 2022.

Joining ARA CEO Paul Zahra on stage were, Jo Gaines (Salesforce)Craig Woolford (MST Marquee)Jonathan Ranstrand (Mastercard) and Laura Demasi (Roy Morgan), sharing first-to-market insights about this year’s Christmas retail spending forecasts.

With special thanks to event partner Salesforce for enabling this fantastic event to occur.

ARA | CEO Lunch

2022

Having navigated the global pandemic, Australian retail is now moving on to tackle the next big global disruption – climate change.

With thanks to our event strategic partner, American Express, this important event saw the launch of our Climate Action plan, sharing what the ARA is doing to help the sector transition to the low-carbon economy of the future.

ARA | Deloitte Gender Equality Symposium

2022

The ARA | Deloitte Gender Equality Symposium on 2 June 2022 was equally challenging and inspiring. As leaders, we have the opportunity to step up to this challenge to better our sector and our community.

Deloitte have been leaders and fierce advocates for gender equality, and we are grateful for their continued partnership in enabling this event to occur.

With special thanks to David Leser and Natasha Stott Despoja, along with all our panellists, for your stewardship and sharing of insights.

Together, let’s accelerate meaningful change.

ONDEMAND RECORDINGS

ARA Retail Insights Series: Sustainability – The next strategic imperative

As we move beyond the worst effects of the pandemic, retailers are preparing for the next big disruptor – sustainability. No longer an after-thought or bolt-on, sustainability has become a strategic imperative with the potential to drive profits, loyalty and innovation. Join our expert panel talking about sustainability from the perspective of business, consumers and suppliers.

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Retail trading insights with Craig Woolford, Retail Mosaic

Craig Woolford is known to many of us in the retail sector, with more than 20 years’ experience analysing the retail, food and beverage industries. After gaining an exceptional level of interest in his reports and data-driven insights, Craig established the Retail Mosaic to better inform retailers. The Retail Mosaic website has more than 130 reports (and growing) written by Craig and his team about the sector’s outlook.

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How to run an effective disciplinary process

Employees behaving badly is a common workplace issue. Employers must ensure that poor conduct is addressed appropriately, however, many don’t know where to start. This webinar provides guidance to employers in relation to conducting a disciplinary process, and what can happen if you get it wrong.

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