Welcome to the Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association

The Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA) is the peak industry body representing Australian newsagencies and lottery agents. There are 4000 individually owned and operated newsagencies in the country and together they make up Australia's largest retail and home delivery group.
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ALNA Membership

Through strength and size, the ALNA has the necessary means to achieve outcomes difficult to achieve by a single business.

For just $876 per annum*, your ALNA membership gives you access to industry representation, complimentary advice on industrial relations and leasing matters, discounts on insurance, access to accredited industry training courses, and so much more.

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*Membership prices vary by state. Membership fee is capped at $876 per annum.

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Industry Updates

16/11/2016

Telstra and Boost Pre-Paid Margin Changes

Telstra and Boost pre-paid have announced upcoming margin changes at the end of their current pre-paid margin promotion. The margin will now reduce from 8% to 4%, effective from 5th December 2016.

Telstra told customers to contact their distributor if they had issues and the distributors have strongly expressed theirs and their customer's disappointment about the decision.

16/11/2016

COSBOA says Domestic Violence Leave (DVL) should be government's responsibility not employers

The Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia (COSBOA), that includes ALNA and other small business associations like the Master Grocers and Pharmacy Guild as members, has come out this week on the topic of Domestic Violence Leave (DVL).

COSBOA have said that DVL is an important issue but should be funded by government like Paid Parental Leave. Alternatively the current leave provisions should be used rather than additional leave becoming the responsibility of employers.

16/11/2016

ACCC releases report into Unfair Contract Terms

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) released a report last week into potentially unfair contract terms affecting small business. ALNA contributed feedback from our industry to this review.

The ACCC conducted a review of 46 contracts over the last 12 months of some of Australia's largest businesses across seven industries to identify clauses in their existing contracts that could become problematic under the new law.

16/11/2016

Unfair Contract Term (UCT) protections for small business come into force

After many years of advocating strongly for protection for our member small businesses from unfair terms in standard form contracts, and achieving stronger thresholds in the Senate, ALNA welcomed the new laws finally coming into effect on Saturday 12 November 2016.

When members sign new standard form contracts that are less than $300,000 for 12 month contracts, or less than $1 million for multi-year contracts, from now on you will be protected from unfair terms in those contracts. Where existing contracts are varied, the terms in those contracts may also potentially be subject to UCT protections.

14/11/2016

Consumers demand no restrictions on card use for small transactions

A study on Australian consumers reveals that businesses who restrict customers from making electronic payments are putting themselves at risk, with 44% of respondents avoiding retailers that do not allow the use of cards for small transactions.

The online study on payment choice for low-value transactions (i.e. purchases under $10), commissioned by Mastercard, surveyed Australian card holders aged between 18-64 years old.

8/11/2016

EXTRACT | Recruiting Christmas Casuals

In the lead up to Christmas, a retailer will start to plan their recruitment needs to cover this peak period, usually employing casuals, many whom would be placed on short-term contracts. This is a good time to start being proactive in recruitment and also the chance to revisit the process.

Recruiting employees in any business should be a proactive process, not a reactive one. Too often, retailers are short sighted when it comes to human resources, recruiting only when a team member leaves the business.

4/11/2016

Have Your Say - Tasmanian Government calls for submissions on increasing the tobacco licence fee

While the government did a welcome backflip on their proposal to increase the minimum age for smoking from 18 to 21/25, they have announced significant increases to Tobacco Licence Fees in Tasmania.

ALNA wrote, in conjunction with the Tasmanian Small Business Council, to the Health Minister on the 9th August about the inequity of the proposed licence fees and copied all Government MP's (CLICK HERE to read letter). Despite several attempts to get an answer to our concerns, it has fallen on deaf ears until this week, when the Government announced a public consultation process.

11/10/2016

Hasbro Family Favourites Mini Board Game promotion

News Corp's October campaign is another opportunity for newsagents to drive more customers into stores.

The Hasbro Family Favourites Mini Board Game promotion offers 14 games for customers to collect including Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Battleship, etc.

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