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

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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