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

7/03/2017

Hank Spier: Helping to create a level playing field

Australian competition law expert, Hank Spier, advises ALNA in the area of policy, advocacy and handling individual newsagents' contract disputes.

The Channel caught up with Spier to talk about the work he does for ALNA, as well as the impact the changes to Unfair Contract Terms (UCT) legislation will have on newsagents.

2/03/2017

Summary of Fair Work Commission Penalty Rates Decision

Last week ALNA outlined the significant and unexpected news that the Fair Work Commission (FWC) had decided to reduce penalty rates on Sundays and Public Holidays for some employees under the General Retail Award.

This created considerable discussion with some members about whether it was enough, whether it would change the way you do business, the hours you open and the available hours you might offer employees.

24/02/2017

Penalty Rates Case a Big Win for our Industry

The Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association (ALNA) strongly supports today's announcement by the Fair Work Commission (FWC) that they will reduce penalty rates. We congratulate the FWC on taking an equitable approach in their ruling on the future of penalty rates in the General Retail Industry Award, and announcing a reduction to Sunday penalties and some public holiday penalties.

This is a great outcome for independent retailers like us and it is a big reversal of the previous FWC decisions on penalty rates. Sunday wages will be reduced from 200 per cent of the standard rate to 150 per cent for full-time and part-time staff, and from 200 per cent of the standard rate to 175 per cent for casual staff. There will also be less significant changes to public holiday rates, these will be reduced from 250 per cent of the standard rate to 225 per cent for full-time and part-time staff, and from 275/250 per cent of the standard rate to a flat 250 per cent for casual staff.

22/02/2017

EXTRACT | How Accredited Training Can Grow Your Business

Developing an employee's skills can increase the productivity and profits of an individual business. Training and skills development can also improve staff morale.

BENEFITS TO YOUR BUSINESS

14/02/2017

EXTRACT | A Cashless Future

In early December 2016, Amazon showed the world its new cashless store - the video went viral. It starts off with a male customer entering a store. Before he passes through what looks like modern terminal gates at a railway station, he pulls out his phone and scans the top of the terminal before putting his phone back in his pocket. The video ends with a female shopper receiving her receipt of purchase on her phone as she exits the store with a handful of goods. There's not a single cashier in sight.

"A few years ago, we started to wonder: what would shopping look like if you could walk through into a store, grab what you like and just go?" says the narrator on the Amazon video clip.

2/02/2017

Retailers praise Premier but confidence lost in Lotterywest

Hundreds of lottery retailers met with Premier Colin Barnett and Lotterywest chief executive, Paul Andrew, yesterday afternoon, to discuss their concerns over prohibitive costs required for lottery shop fits.

The mandatory installations are required as part of government-owned Lotterywest's franchise agreement. In some cases, quotes for the shop fits have blown out to over $100,000 - or up to four times what retailers believed would be the case - without a guaranteed return on investment. Lotterywest also have investigations underway to potentially open more than 100 additional outlets across the state.

18/01/2017

ALNA makes submission to Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2016

ALNA has had a strong interest in the proposed reforms in relation to Misuse of Market Power (Section 46) and we have participated in all the consultations during the Harper Competition Law review leading up to this. We made a further submission this week on the proposed amendment Bill.

A suitable Bill for Misuse of Market Power is very important to support an equitable culture between big business and small.

18/01/2017

ALNA says blood & bone marrow donor leave should be Government's responsibility

The Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association (SDA) have made a claim with the Fair Work Commission (FWC), as part of the four year review of modern awards, for the inclusion of blood and bone marrow donor leave to be included in the General Retail Industry Award 2010 (GRIA); along with several other awards.

The SDA's application centres on the inclusion of an entitlement to blood and bone marrow donor leave/absence:

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