4 December 2014:The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) today welcomes the announcement of the new Victorian Government Ministry.

ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman said the ARA has had a long and close working relationship with the Victorian Government and welcomes the opportunity to work with the new Labor Government as closely as previous Labor Governments.

“The ARA has welcomed commitments to fix Vocational Education Training (VET) and looks forward to working alongside the new Premier Daniel Andrews to make sure Victoria’s largest private employer, the retail sector and its skills are looked after.

“The ARA has met with all key Ministers in their opposition roles and believes the new government is committed to growing the Victorian economy and retail investment.

“With most major Australian and international retailers looking to base their operations in Victoria, the government will be looked on kindly as they keep business friendly policies in place and fix those such as VET which have been causing problems for the sector.

“The ARA will be seeking to meet new Ministers over the coming months on issues ranging from planning, small business support, tax and skills to infrastructure and red tape,” Mr Zimmerman said.

Since 1903, the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has been the peak industry body representing Australia’s $265 billion retail sector, which employs over 1.2 million people. The ARA ensures retail success by informing, protecting, advocating, educating and saving money for its 5,000 independent and national retail members throughout Australia. Visit www.retail.org.au or call 1300 368 041.                                 

-ends- For interview opportunities with ARA Executive Director Russell Zimmerman call: The ARA Media Line T: 0439 612 556  E:media@retail.org.au

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