What we can & can't do for small business

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority. We are Australia’s competition and consumer regulator. We promote competition and fair trading and regulate national infrastructure to make markets work for everyone.

What we can do for your business

We can:

  • accept and record your reports of information about business practices and behaviours that are of concern to you. We will respond to your report where we have information that may help you, or you have asked a question about your rights or obligations under the law.
  • provide information about your rights and obligations under the law, including the Franchising Code, via the ACCC website,  ACCC publications or when you contact our Infocentre. Where relevant, written responses are provided within 15 working days.
  • refer you to another agency if your issue doesn’t fall under the responsibilities of the ACCC
  • investigate alleged breaches of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (where it meets our Compliance and enforcement policy priorities) and take enforcement or compliance action, where appropriate
  • provide information and guidance on appropriate recall action
  • provide information about the ACCC and what enforcement action we've taken
  • in certain circumstances, permit conduct otherwise caught by the law (in the form of a notification or authorisation) or provide protection from penalties or other remedies (cartel immunity).

What we can’t help you with

We can't:

  • act on your behalf or provide you with legal advice on your rights and obligations under the law
  • provide dispute resolution services
  • regulate or set the prices for goods or services such as groceries or fuel
  • make formal decisions on whether a person or business had breached the law as only the courts can do this.

We do not:

  • ordinarily comment on the level of complaints about particular business or the status of any ongoing investigation. Where we do, this is as a publically available statement.

More information

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Information for small business
Service Charter
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