HAQ was inaugurated in Queensland on 19 August 1976, as the Hardware Retailers Association of Queensland (HRAQ). In September 1994, HRAQ changed to the Hardware Association of Queensland (HAQ), to reflect our representation of all sectors of the hardware industry.
On 1 July 2009, HAQ entered an affiliation agreement with the National Retail Association (NRA) to boost our service offering to members. The NRA is the largest and most representative employer organisation in the retail and service sector, with over 3,000 members and affiliates across the country, including national retail icons such as Myer, Target and Kmart.
"HAQ formed an affiliation with the NRA in July 2009 and our decision to join forces was based on a positive recommendation from the Hardware Association of Victoria., who had already formed a partnership using the NRA services.
The NRA have certainly lived up to all expectations, providing a quality IR service to our members and keeping them informed on all employment law matters. The National Retailers Association has a very good understanding of the retail industry providing our membership the representation and strong voice for government they deserve.
A bonus for HAQ members, sponsors and supporters is the excellent events organisation and marketing services the NRA deliver, events such as our annual Golf Day and Industry Awards Night. The quality of this service has already delivered very positive results for the HAQ." Brian Lee, President, HAQ
HAQ is directed by an Executive Committee of retailer and supplier members.
The Hardware Association of Queensland is the leading industry body for retailers and suppliers in the hardware and building industries. Our mission is to serve our members with the highest levels of professionalism and satisfaction and to provide the voice for the hardware and building industries throughout Queensland and Northern NSW.
Our overriding objective is to serve our members. We effectively achieve this by:
- Providing timely, accurate advice and information on a range of matters pertinent to the success of their business and the success of the hardware industry as a whole.
- Gathering main areas of interest from our members and representing these interests in the relevant forums.
- Offering education and training on a range of issues that affect our member’s businesses and the hardware industry.
- Exercising the highest standards of corporate governance.