The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted interim authorisation to the Queensland Newsagents Federation (QNF) to allow it and its members to collectively bargain with Golden Casket.
Around 65% of Queensland newsagents are QNF members. Many of these newsagents also sell Golden Casket lotteries. The QNF is seeking authorisation to allow it to collectively bargain with Golden Casket on behalf of its members.
The ACCC has previously authorised similar collective bargaining arrangements for lottery agents including newsagents, in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and Queensland (namely Lottery Agents Queensland).
“The ACCC considers that granting interim authorisation will allow the QNF to provide another collective bargaining group for interested newsagents who wish to have collective input into their standard lottery agreement,” ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.
“In addition, the QNF also intends to collectively negotiate issues that arise during the life of the lottery agents’ agreements, including those that will arise before the ACCC has considered the substantive application.”
Authorisation provides immunity from court action for conduct that might otherwise raise concerns under the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Broadly, the ACCC may grant an authorisation when it is satisfied that the public benefit from the conduct outweighs any public detriment. Interim authorisation allows the parties to engage in the conduct prior to the ACCC considering the substantive merits of the application.
More information about the application for authorisation and the ACCC’s granting of interim authorisation is available at www.accc.gov.au/AuthorisationsRegister