Government Projects

State Government

International Support

The ARA Retail Institute has demonstrated capability in providing education both in Australian and internationally. With established partnerships in delivering both accredited and non accredited programs the Retail Institute brings experience in scoping the needs of international retailers and Education Providers, then defining the structure of the programs with consideration for both instructional design elements as well as cultural translation. 

The programs available to international partners encompasses the Australian Accredited Qualifications, Customised Training from entry to senior management level and retail consulting including a range of retail specific disciplines. The ARA Retail Institute is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) delivering Australian recognised qualifications confirming with the Australian Quality Training Framework. 

The ARA Retail Institute actively work with the Australian retail industry in providing innovative and practical training & education solutions that can be customized to meet the business needs. The ARA Retail Institute has a team of highly experienced retail professionals that are able to work with business in customizing proven retail training programs to meet the specific learning and development requirements of the industry. 

The ARA Retail Institute offers ARA Online Retail Institute. ARA Online Retail Institute provides a flexible online learning alternative enabling development of new retail skills in self paced leaning style. This flexible online learning platform offers international partners the opportunity to offer state of the art retail training to new markets that will embrace this form of learning in the coming years. 

We can offer support such as:

  • Accredited training in retail qualifications
  • Non-accredited retail skills training
  • Retail consulting
  • Benchmarking and auditing
  • Enterprise training programs

Federal Government

Youth PaTH Program

The Australian Retailers Association (ARA) believe retail is transforming from a stepping-stone industry into a long-term and professionally fulfilling career.

With the diverse range of careers in the retail industry, we know our members need young staff to not only have basic vocational skills but also have a wide range of qualifications before they can start on the job.

This program allows retailers to host a young person aged 17 to 24 as an intern in their business, giving the employer an opportunity to find out if the intern is a good fit for their team and suitable for long-term employment.

These PaTH internships run between 4 and 12 weeks and must offer 30 to 50 hours of work experience per fortnight. Employers who take part of the PaTH program will receive a payment of $1000 to help cover the costs of hosting an intern, and if the retailer decides to employ their intern, they may be eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $10,000.

Interns under the PaTH program are unpaid by the retail employer.Instead, they receive a fortnightly incentive paid by the Australian Government, on top of their income support payment. The intern is also covered by insurance purchased by the Government through the Department of Employment.

The PaTH program internships must be supervised, and can include weekend or shift work (excluding public holidays) if these activities are normal part of the business. The type of work experience an intern can do will vary, depending on their skills and experience, but it should be structured and meaningful.

Given retailers regularly seek new employees through a specialised entry level retail training course, the ARA believe connections to the local and national job active agencies through the PaTH program will provide various opportunities for both retailers and disadvantaged youth seeking employment in the retail industry.

To take part in this program or to find out more information, contact us at or 1300 368 041.

Federal Government

JVEN Program

The Jobs Victoria Employment Network (JVEN) is a key initiative of Jobs Victoria. It is the Victorian Government’s major activity to help disadvantaged Victorian jobseekers gain employment. JVEN services are delivered by the Australian Retailers Association Retail Institute who work closely with retail employers to identify employment opportunities and prepare jobseekers for those roles.

In partnership with the Victorian State Government’s Jobs Victoria Strategic Partnerships Project* the Australian Retailers Association Retail Institute is offering a free Employment Solution Service where we will advertise, screen and develop candidates to ensure they are ready for your business, all at no cost.

The profile of jobseekers assisted will vary from location to location, depending on population and on existing services but may include:

  • Long-term unemployed people
  • People from culturally diverse communities including refugees and asylum seekers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander jobseekers
  • Mature age jobseekers
  • Youth justice clients
  • Young people in out-of-home care
  • Workers retrenched from the automotive manufacturing and supply chain industries
  • Other retrenched workers
  • Disengaged young people (aged 15-24 and not engaged in education, training or employment)
  • Single parents
  • Jobseekers with a disability
  • Jobseekers with a mental illness
  • Social housing tenants
  • Ex-offenders
  • Veterans and their families.

Would like to know more? Please email us on or call on 1300 368 041

*This project is supported by the Victorian Government through Jobs Victoria.

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