An eBay official will be an adviser to Australia’s government on retail matters—and help retailers voice their opinions, as part of the country’s Retail Council.
Deborah Sharkey, eBay Australia’s vice president, was recently named to the Retail Council of Australia. According to eBay’s Main Street blog, the council is expected to work with the Council of Australian Governments and give members of the retail industry the opportunity to voice their concerns.
The organization was formed in response to issues raised in the Australian Productivity Commission’s review of the country’s economic structure and the performance of its retail sector, according to news reports.
“The Gillard government recognizes the importance of the retail sector to the Australian economy, and the council will provide a valuable opportunity for the government to engage closely with the sector and discuss the issues of importance to the future of retail in Australia,” Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury says. “Together… [council] members will create a diverse and dynamic group united by their common commitment to building and maintaining a strong retail sector in Australia, and will bring their own particular knowledge, experience and expertise to the table to inform the council’s discussions.”
Other council members include a member of the Australian Sporting Goods Association, a member of the Australian National Retailers Association and a member of the Council of Small Business of Australia, officials report.
The council’s first meeting is scheduled for this week in Sydney.