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ARA announces partnership with HBIA

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and the Hair and Beauty Industry Association (HBIA) is pleased to announce its recent partnership. The alliance between the two associations has commenced to strengthen the relationship between the retail, and hair and beauty services sectors.

With operations spanning over 85 years, the HBIA are the peak consultative body for the hairdressing and beauty industry. Representing a $5 billion-dollar sector that employs over 84,871 specialists across the country, the HBIA advocate on behalf of their members at State and Federal Government levels and are major supporters of training boards.

Russell Zimmerman, Executive Director of the ARA, said the affiliation between the two associations will lead to many prosperous ventures for their respective memberships and assist in propelling both industries into the future.

“This is an exciting opportunity for both the ARA and the HBIA to enhance support for all members and add further value to the current services provided to ARA and HBIA members,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“As the ARA are Australia’s largest retail association, representing the country’s $310 billion-dollar sector, which employs more than 1.2 million people, we believe this partnership will be highly beneficial for both ARA and HBIA members and will lead both associations into new and exciting areas.”

The partnership will bring together both associations to provide HBIA members with enhanced information on employment law and compliance, as well as providing additional training and support for members with dedicated HBIA advice hotlines, member e-newsletters, and online resources including fact sheets and wage rates.

Andrew Woodward, President of the HBIA, believes this affiliation with the ARA will assist the association in amplifying the industry’s voice, as they continue to advocate on issues that affect HBIA members.

“The partnership between the HBIA and the ARA will ensure that the HBIA has a stronger voice and lobbying ability with Government on the matters that are of importance to the industry,” Mr Woodward said.

“This new relationship will provide HBIA members with greater resources, services and value for their membership spend. The additional benefits which are now available to HBIA members are simply not available elsewhere.”

The HBIA currently offers a range of seminars and workshops that focus on key industry issues from training to employment matters. The HBIA will continue to play a pivotal role in handling training providers, product companies, salon operators, government bodies and the union to ensure the interests of the industry remain at the forefront of all negotiations.

“The partnership between the ARA and the HBIA will exist to advance the hair and beauty industry by advocating and lobbying on behalf of members, and encouraging additional provisions where required,” Mr Zimmerman said.

“The ARA will continue to be a proactive supporter of Australian retail through ensuring retail success by informing, protecting and educating our members. The ARA welcomes the HBIA and its members and looks forward to seeing what’s in store for the future.”

Taken from ARA Media Release 7 January 2019

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