The latest WA Retail report can be downloaded here. The report gives an overview of the retail industry in Western Australia and includes the following tables:
Table 1: Retail Sector Comparisons and Variations by State (click here)
Table 2: WA Retail Turnover Variations Comparison by Sector (click here)
Table 3: WA Retail Turnover by sub-sector (click here)
Table 4: Food retail - Supermarkets and grocery stores; Liquor Stores; and Other Specialised Food Retailing (click here)
Table 5: Household goods retailing – Furniture, Floor Coverings, Houseware and Textile Goods; Electrical and Electronic Goods; Hardware, Building and Garden Supplies (click here)
Table 6: Clothing, Footwear and other Personal Accessories (click here)
Table 7: Other Retailing – (click here)
Significant changes for retailers across pricing, gift cards, product safety and taxes
New laws passed in the Senate last week will shake-up the retail sector. These include laws enforcing an expiry period on gift cards as well as legislation extending consumer rights under the consumer law.
Under new legislation, gift cards will have a compulsory minimum three-year expiry period.
This will be enforced as of late 2019 and remove inconsistencies between States and Territories. The expiry period will mean retailers will need to keep outstanding gift cards as liabilities on their books for three years.
Consumer rights will be extended, with safeguards against price gouging, clarifications around consumer guarantees and changes to pricing regulations.
Retailers must now provide to consumers a single price that includes the price of pre-selected options such as tax, duties and booking fees, while optional extras can remain separate.
The changes have also seen the ACCC’s powers extended, with the regulator now able to require retailers to pass on information about unsafe product including from suppliers.
Lower tax rate for Small Business welcomed
Small businesses will see a reduction in company tax much sooner than expected. Small businesses with a turnover of $50 million or less, dropping 26% in the 2020/2021 financial year and 25% in the subsequent financial year.
The State Government has negotiated a fair deal for Western Australia, with up to $126 million available to create thousands of jobs for apprenticeships and traineeships, after signing up to the Federal Government's Skilling Australians Fund National Partnership. In addition, the national partnership will also provide funding for thousands of pre-apprenticeships – a career pathway that is strongly supported by industry. The national partnership funding will also be used for skills development to support the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Key to the national partnership is an employer incentive scheme that will provide training support to employers, including small businesses.
Funded from changes to payroll tax exemptions for traineeships and the national partnership, the scheme will enable the Government to target assistance to better meet the State's workforce priorities. Industry will be consulted throughout the development of the incentive scheme to ensure it meets the sector's needs and encourages high-quality, on-the-job training.
The first Regional Jobs and Skills Centre was opened at Kalgoorlie's Central Regional TAFE on 26 September. The locally focused centre will be delivered by Central Regional TAFE in partnership with Worklink. Aboriginal people are a key priority client group and extensive local stakeholder consultation was undertaken to ensure Aboriginal people benefit from the new service delivery model.
The new Peel Jobs and Skills Centre has also opened at the Mandurah campus of South Metropolitan TAFE.
For more information on all Jobs and Skills Centres and what services they offer, please go to the website here.
RAPS would like to thank all those industry stakeholders who provided relevant information for their occupations on the State Priority Occupations List. The 2018 SPOL list can be viewed here.
An overhaul of the vocational education and training (VET) delivered in Western Australian secondary schools was announced this week by WA's Education and Training Minister, Sue Ellery. The planned changes will help to ensure students receive quality training, from quality training providers, to ensure the best possible outcomes once they leave school. Additionally, the list of qualifications offered to students will be refocused, in consultation with industry and the education and training sector, to ensure senior secondary students graduate with a valuable qualification that meets industry needs and leads to employment opportunities. Click here to read more
The WA State Training Board's State Training Plan 2018–2021 was endorsed by the Hon. Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training, on 20 August 2018. The priorities identified in the Plan inform funding, planning and policy decisions for vocational education and training in Western Australia. Find out more about the priorities and strategies outlined in the Plan on the State Training Board website and download your copy.
The Retail and Personal Services Skills Advisory Council hosted its Annual General Meeting on the 10th of October 2018 and would like to thank all its Board Members for their continued support. The Board Members elected for 2018/2019 include:
Ben Harris, Shop Distributive and Allied Employees' Association (SDA) – Chair
Anthony McAnuff, Pharmacy Guild of WA – representing Community Pharmacy
Peta Longman, Balshaw’s Florist – representing Floristry
Daniel McKeig, Invocare Australia – representing Funeral Services
Aldo Muia, representing the Hairdressing Industry
RAPS BOARD OBSERVERS
The RAPS Board of Management extends a warm welcome to Meredith Hammat, Secretary of Unions WA, who is the new State Training Board Observer. The Board would also like to thank Karen Purdy from DTWD for her invaluable contribution as an Observer on the RAPS Board and wish her every success in her new position. We look forward to welcoming a new Observer from DTWD in due course.