Welcome to Restaurant & Catering
Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) is the national association that leads and represents the interests of the 35,000 restaurants and catering businesses across Australia. In addition to actively pursuing national issues and projects of relevance to its members (such as workplace relations), R&CA is committed to ensuring that the industry is recognised as one of excellence, professionalism, profitability and sustainability within its broader social and economic contribution.  This includes promoting and advocating the value of the restaurant experience to the public.

In order to achieve these goals, R&CA proactively campaigns and lobbies all levels of Government to ensure that the views of our members are heard in the public domain. 

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Industry prepares for international campaign 'Restaurant Australia'

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) is soon to launch a series of Doing Business Better seminars that encourage industry to get up to speed with social media and prepare for the next biggest global tourism campaign ‘Restaurant Australia’.

As a result of the association advocating on behalf of its members for a fresh focus on Australian tourism, Tourism Australia is ramping up the promotion of Australia's food and wine experiences in a new approach to its international marketing.

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R&CA stands by removing paid parental leave red tape

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) is irate that the very sensible proposed change to the administration of the paid parental leave scheme has been blocked again.

The Abbott Government proposal to relieve all businesses of the compulsory ‘pay-clerk’ burden from the paid parental scheme is what business needs.

Read the full media release here.

Dan Hong awarded Young Achiever of the Year

The 2013 Lifestyle Achievers celebrated their success at a formal dinner held at Queens Terrace Café in Parliament House, Canberra on Tuesday 4 March.

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) is delighted to honour and congratulate the outstanding contribution of the below Lifetime Achievers to the industry:

•    Gerhard Poelzl from Compass Group - SA

•    Robert O’Keeffe at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre - QLD

•    Russell Blaikie from Must Wine Bar - WA

•    George Belperio who has retired from Fasta Pasta - SA

•    Ronnie Di Stasio at Café Di Stasio - Victoria

Award-winning Chef Dan Hong has been named the Australian Young Achiever of the Year 2014 with Dan sending his gratitude to R&CA via video.

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R&CA Welcomes support to reduce penalty rates

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) has welcomed Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s statement in support of penalty rate reform.
Speaking in Far North Queensland, the Premier announced that operators are finding it uneconomical to open on public holidays due to penalty rates, which is impacting on the state’s tourism.
Mr Newman stated at the Mission Beach Information Centre that consumers are feeling the brunt of closures and it’s up to the Federal Government to act with a review of penalty rates.

See full media release here.

Review of 457 Visa Program welcomed by hospitality sector

The announcement that the 457 visa program will be reviewed is the first step to addressing labour shortages gripping the tourism and hospitality sector, according to peak industry association Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA).

Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash’s announcement to examine the program has come at a critical time for the sector.

Read the full media release here.

The industry shares its love of food with Valentines

The restaurant & catering industry is preparing for a staggering 1,250,000 Australians to dine their loved ones today.

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) CEO John Hart says that according to Dimmi, Australia’s leading online restaurant booking website, about five percent of the Australian population will be enjoying meals in restaurants on this Valentine’s Day – which is a great relief for the industry.

Read the full media release here.

Restaurant & cafe dining continues to rise

The restaurant, café and catering industry has recorded significant growth in turnover according to recent data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

The ABS Retail Turnover data shows a 10.6 percent growth in restaurant, café and catering service turnover from November 2012 to November 2013.

Read the full media release here

Get your customers voting for you today!

Between now and 28 February 2014, R&CA is giving consumers the opportunity to vote for their favourite restaurants, cafes and caterers.

Voting is easy – your customers can click here or find Savour Australia on Savour Australia Facebook to fill in their details and nominate their favourite restaurant, cafe or caterer before the end of February to go into the draw to win a prize pack valued at $400. Anyone can enter!

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National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show 2014 in Chicago

R&CA President, Matteo Pignatelli will lead a delegation of restaurateurs and caterers to the largest food-service show in the world.

This year's event is sure to be the biggest and best yet for international visitors.

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LifeStyle FOOD invite you to get involved in the 2014 I Love FOOD Awards for the opportunity to win a $20,000 media campaign and $5,000 in cash!

The I Love FOOD Awards are Australia’s largest people’s choice restaurant awards, inviting everyday Aussies to support their favourite burger joint, cafe, treasured cheap eat or ethnic restaurant. From suburban pizzerias to restaurants in wineries, the I Love FOOD Awards reveal and celebrate Aussies’ favourite culinary establishments across 27 categories.

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Work Health and Safety Codes of Practice Podcasts

Restaurant & Catering has new Work Health & Safety Codes of Practice Podcasts for immediate viewing. Learn about the new Codes of Practice by downloading this informative pre-recorded PowerPoint presentation with voice overs from the Restaurant & Catering Workplace Relations Advisors.
All you need to watch these Podcasts are a computer with speakers.

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