The BRC has now submitted a written response to the Home Affairs Committee Inquiry on violence and abuse towards retail workers. You can read our submission below. 

Our response includes policy recommendations for the Committee to consider, including legislation for a new statutory offence for assaulting, threatening, or abusing a retail worker, and making those offences aggravated, at least where the retail worker is enforcing a statutory age restriction.

We expect the Committee to hold an oral evidence session (virtually) over the coming weeks and invite certain retailers to give further evidence. The Committee will then produce a report containing recommendations for the Government to consider. 

Our evidence was informed by members and submitted on behalf of the retail industry.