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

28/03/2017

Tips to Improve your Facebook Page

Social media is a great marketing tool for all businesses. For little to no expense, a business can promote their brand, inform and attract customers, build relationships and receive instant feedback.

According to digital marketing expert Sandi Karkowski, "Facebook provides the benefits of having real-time interactions with other people and the power of getting real- time insights on business content".

28/03/2017

How to Keep Mentally Healthy

Running your own business can be hugely rewarding, but for many small business owners having sole responsibility for the company's success or failure, cash flow and people management can take its toll.

While you might feel responsible to look after anyone that works for you it's also essential that you look after yourself - particularly during stressful times and pressurised situations. Self-care is especially important for sole traders, who can't draw on the social and practical support of a team.

28/03/2017

News Increase

ALNA continues to meet with print publishers and distributors to highlight the need for increases that reflect the work involved and the economic challenges faced by our industry.

The increases offered do little to address the challenges faced in declining distribution, increased minimum award payments and other business costs.

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.

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