Agriculture

Competition and fair trading in the agriculture sector is a priority for the ACCC. We've compiled information and resources on competition and business issues that are relevant to the sector.

Agriculture and the ACCC

The Agriculture Unit has been established to examine competition and unfair trading issues in agricultural supply chains with a view to improving enforcement and compliance with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act) across the agriculture sector.

We have three main objectives regarding agriculture:

  • Identify key agricultural supply chain issues across the agricultural sector for enforcement focus, investigation and prosecution.
  • Increase awareness about codes of conduct, collective bargaining and the ACCC’s consultation processes.
  • Conduct specific market studies to enhance our understanding of the competitiveness of agricultural supply chains and how this impacts on farm gate outcomes in general.

See also: Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper

Agriculture Commissioner

Our ACCC Commissioner with specific expertise in agriculture, Mick Keogh, will work with the Agriculture Unit and assist the ACCC’s activities to encourage fair trading and strengthen competition across agricultural supply chains.

See: Commissioner Mick Keogh

Cattle and beef market study

The Agriculture Unit is conducting a market study of the cattle and beef sector. The ACCC has released an issues paper to assist interested parties in making submissions.

See: Cattle and beef market study

Inquiry into the dairy industry

The Federal Government has indicated it will formally request the ACCC to conduct an inquiry into the dairy industry. We are likely to commence this inquiry in November 2016.

Through an inquiry, we can analyse the broader dairy industry to identify structural and behavioural issues that affect the industry’s performance. We can also compel information from parties to assist its inquiry.

Any inquiry will involve substantial stakeholder engagement in order to identify and understand the key issues in the industry.

Further information about the inquiry, including about how you can be involved, will be made available following the receipt of a Terms of Reference from the Treasurer.

Agriculture information network

We send out newsletters to update subscribers of upcoming events, workshops, market studies, and other relevant opportunities to engage with the ACCC.

Competition and business issues

Several areas of the ACCC’s work have direct impact on agricultural businesses.

Agriculture consultative committee

The Agriculture Unit has established an Agriculture Consultative Committee. The Committee will help inform the Unit and the broader ACCC on issues affecting the agriculture sector that fall within the scope of the Act.

Events and consultations

We hold a range of forums in regional areas with targeted industry sectors to:

  • discuss concerns and share information about supply chain competition and unfair trading issues
  • learn about rights and responsibilities under the Act and how to engage effectively with the ACCC.

Upcoming events

Recent consultations

Report misconduct

If you would like to make an anonymous complaint about some alleged misconduct, please contact the ACCC.

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