Industry codes

The ACCC regulates mandatory industry codes that are prescribed under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The ACCC can also provide guidance to industries looking to develop their own voluntary industry code.

Dairy Code of Conduct

The Dairy Code of Conduct is an industry code that regulates the conduct of dairy farmers and buyers of raw milk from those farmers. Raw milk must not be bought from dairy farmers other than under a milk supply agreement that complies with the Code.

Electricity Retail Code

The ACCC monitors and enforces the Competition and Consumer (Industry Code—Electricity Retail) Regulations 2019 (the Code), a mandatory industry code prescribed under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Food and Grocery Code of Conduct

If you are a supplier to retailers or wholesalers who have signed up to the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct (signatories), we have outlined key things that you should know when conducting business, negotiating terms or trying to raise a complaint or resolve a dispute.

Franchising Code of Conduct

If you're thinking about buying a franchise, it’s important that you understand whether it's right for you before making a final decision or signing a franchise agreement.

Horticulture Code of Conduct

Growers and traders need to comply with the horticulture code when buying and selling horticulture produce.

Oil Code of Conduct

The Oil Code of Conduct regulates the conduct of suppliers, distributors and retailers in the petroleum marketing industry. Declared petroleum products include unleaded petrol and certain other products (e.g. blend of unleaded petrol and ethanol).

Sugar Code of Conduct

The Sugar Code of Conduct regulates the actions of cane growers, mill owners and some sugar marketers. It covers contracts and agreements to supply sugar cane and on-supply sugar.

Wheat Port Code of Conduct

The ACCC monitors and enforces the Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat) Code of Conduct, a mandatory code prescribed under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Unit Pricing Code

Businesses need to comply with the Unit Pricing Code if they sell certain food-based grocery items. Grocery retailers are required to display a unit price so that consumers can make informed choices.

Voluntary codes

Non-prescribed voluntary industry codes of conduct set out specific standards of conduct for an industry including how to deal with its members and customers. These codes only apply to those who sign up to them. The ACCC may be able to assist your industry in developing a voluntary code by providing general guidance. We do not have a role in drafting voluntary codes.

Industry code compliance checks

The ACCC can ask a corporation for information or documents it is required to keep, generate or publish under a prescribed industry code (i.e. the Franchising Code, Horticulture Code, Oilcode, Unit Pricing Code and Wheat Port Code). The corporation has 21 days to provide these documents.