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National Newsagent has launched a blog

CLICK HERE to access the blog.

ANF meets with ATO about 2014 Tax Packs

ANF Policy Manager Ben Kearney met with Steve Vesperman the ATO’s Deputy Commissioner, Small Business/Individual Taxpayers to discuss this year’s arrangement with Tax Packs. CLICK HERE for more.

New Network invoicing changes and delivery bundle issues frustrate members

ANF CEO Alf Maccioni met with Network management late last week in relation to this issue CLICK HERE for more.

The ANF Headoffice has moved!

After 10 years in our St Leonards office, the ANF is happy to announce that as of 3 March 2014 we have moved a new office in North Ryde, NSW.

By moving, we have reduced the rent by 50%, which will allow us to spend the remaining on you, our members.

CLICK HERE for our new contact details.

ANF Application to Renew ACCC Authorisation

Every five years the ANF has to make an application to renew their ACCC Authorisation. This authorisation will allow the ANF to negotiate and or enter into discussion on behalf of its members on a collective basis with industry suppliers and with those who deal with newsagents directly.

CLICK HERE for more.

News Corp Price Rise Accouncement

News Corp has announced 10-20 cent prices rises for its metro mastheads to take effect from 17 March.

CLICK HERE for more. 

ANF meets with Nick Xenophon and the SA Small Business Commissioner

The ANF National Policy Manager Ben Kearney was in Adelaide recently with SA General Manager Colin Shipton and met with Nick Xenophon to discuss issues affecting our industry.

Click here for more. 

Join the Revolution!

BOSS Revolution is an award winning pinless international calling service that allows you to create a new, healthy revenue stream. BOSS stands head and shoulders above traditional calling services.

Click here for more.


The ANF has a number of questions in regard to CONNECT which was forward to David McLean, CEO of Hubbed 

Please click here to view questions and answers.

Click here to view some Q&A style communication between Hubbed and a QLD newsagent.

How CONNECT can build your business

CONNECT brings new products and services to the newsagency channel that would otherwise send your customers to alternate retail outlets to complete their transactions. CONNECT is a great opportunity for those newsagents wanting to offer core services to their community in the form of outbound parcel service, Bill Payment or generic gift cards. Newsagents wanting to offer more to their customers could consider the CONNECT Premium solution which has an interactive customer kiosk and offers photo prints, books, online deals and energy switching just to name a few.

CONNECT is designed to provide growth in four areas:

1.Increased foot traffic
2.Increased margins
3.Increased basket sizes
4.Increased revenue

Interested in a new business stream for your newsagency? Than we suggest you contact CONNECT to find out more or give the ANF a call to answer any questions you have.

CONNECT LITE is now being rolled out nationally

If you would like to sign up and be contacted by the team right away, please complete the forms below, and CONNECT will push through your application.

CLICK HERE to access the CONNECT LITE initial application form.

CLICK HERE to access the CONNECT LITE info sheet.


What CONNECT newsagents are saying about the service

CLICK HERE to see what other newsagents are saying about CONNECT.

CONNECT in the media

CLICK HERE to view a Channel 10 News segment on CONNECT.


Take advantage of your leasing specialist – one of the many benefits available to you as an ANF Member.

Michael Cuda has more than twenty years experience in the retail property industry and has held senior roles within both agency and large national retail landlords such as Westfield and Stockland.

If you are currently entering into a new lease (especially if you have never been in business before) or contemplating doing so, we strongly recommend that you appoint an experienced and reputable solicitor to review every aspect of the proposed lease document before you make a legal commitment. 

If you wish to discuss any of the matters outlined in the attached guide or any other retail property leasing issues, you are free to do so by contacting or call us on (02) 8425 9600


Whether you are about to start a new business and enter into a new lease for the first time or you are an existing retailer looking to renegotiate a further term, you must always bear in mind one important reality, the landlord (lessor) is in business to make money, the same as you are. Any dealings between the lessor and retailer (lessee) should always be commercial and at arm’s length. There must be recognition by both parties that all dealings should be professional at all times – often this is easier said than done, particularly when renegotiating a lease for an existing premise.

Log in to the Members Area now to read the complete practical guide to lease negotiation.

The ANF works in unity with your state associations to protect members' interests and improve the profile of the newsagency industry at a public and corporate level. For IR resources in your state or territory, please visit the website of your state association using the links below. 

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Business News

Cyclone doesn’t stop the newspapers

News Corp usually has a Qantas 737 on standby in the cyclone season until the end of March but this year distribution manager Heiner Geinitz extended that for another two weeks. Phew!! The Cyclone Ita hit on 12 April.

Heiner reported that even when others thought that Port Douglas was isolated the paper trucks, using local knowledge, were able to get through. People were lined up for news...

Crimvid: A Message from Chris Atkinson

Dear Newsagent,

Crimvid Pty Ltd wants to provide an apology for the typo on the fax campaign. It stated 000's of newsagents when it should have said 00's of newsagents. Crimvid is committed to provide newsagencies of Australia an opportunity to earn significant revenue as we launch a new home security system.

There offer is as follows: 100% mark up. This however is only available...

Still fighting!

We wrote about Tieri newsagents Sheree and Wade McLeod last June when Sheree was fighting a recurrence of breast cancer and also a secondary in her sternum and in her lung. Sheree’s breast cancer is known as triple negative which means that it isn’t one of the three types that treatments have been developed for. There are no counsellors in Tieri where Sheree lives, no specialist; her doctor is...

Higher fees, less hours to sell tobacco proposed for ACT

"The ACT Government is considering a big hike in licence fees to sell tobacco, suggesting fees could be doubled or more this year, with substantial increases each year to follow. "It is also considering limiting the number of shops that can sell cigarettes, perhaps just two shops per suburb, and restricting the hours between which cigarettes can be sold." The Canberra Times reports. CLICK...

Australian Financial Review Cover Price Increase & Retail Service Fee Change

Fairfax has advised newsagents that effective Monday, 7 April 2014, the cover price of both the weekday and weekend editions of The Australian Financial Review will increase.

CLICK HERE to access the announcement for NSW, Victoria and Queensland.


What's happening at the ANF

What's happening at the ANF
• ANF CEO Alf Macccioni and ANF-QLD CEO Ann Nugent are discussing industry issues at member meetings in North Brisbane and the Gold Coast this week. See below some images from the Gold Coast meeting.
• Adam Joy is representing newsagents at round table discussion of industry bodies today, alongside representatives from the Australian Hotels Association, The Pharmacy Guild and the Restaurant...

ANF Leasing Specialist saves member close to $100,000!

ANF Leasing Specialist has done it again!

"I engaged Michael Cuda after he was referred to me by the ANF (Australian Newsagency Federation). My lease had expired so I was on monthly holdover when my existing landlord decided that he was not going to offer a new lease in my existing premises, however he did offer me another shop within the same building. I subsequently had to consider all...

Pin/Signature changeover on 1 August 2013

As a result of your important feedback, the ANF has written to Steven Munchenburg the CEO of the Australian Bankers Association, Bruce Mansfield at EPAL (EFTPOS), Mark Brennan the Australian Small Business Commissioner and representatives of the major banks and about the results to ensure more support for merchants and educating customers about the changes are forthcoming. CLICK...

Newsagent scammed by individuals posing to be from epay

Late last week, a member newsagent was unfortunately the victim of a phone scam, by someone posing to be from epay. They were contacted over the phone by someone posing to be from epay, who claimed that their terminal needed to be updated, and that a service technician will visit their store the next day to complete this update. They were asked for their terminal number, and then asked to print out...

ANF meets with ATO about 2014 Tax Packs

Last week ANF Policy Manager Ben Kearney met with Steve Vesperman the ATO’s Deputy Commissioner, Small Business/Individual Taxpayers to discuss this year’s arrangement with Tax Packs. As we are sure you will all remember last year’s changes were not handled well and the ANF had to intervene to make sure members were relieved of obligations to answer ongoing questions from customers and to make...
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