ACCC authorises Clubs Australia to collectively bargain with suppliers

6 March 2014

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has authorised collective bargaining arrangements put forward by Clubs Australia for five years.

Clubs Australia represents 6,500 licensed clubs across Australia, including sporting and recreation clubs, cultural and religious clubs, and RSL clubs.

Clubs Australia sought authorisation to negotiate and/or enter into agreements on behalf of its current and future members with suppliers of major goods and services to registered clubs across Australia. The proposed arrangements include wagering services, energy services, and insurance services.

“Clubs are often presented with standard form contracts with little opportunity for negotiation,” ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.

“The ACCC considers the arrangements are likely to result in transaction cost savings for clubs and suppliers and give clubs more effective input into agreements.”

“Any potential detriment is limited by the fact that all parties can choose whether or not to participate in collective negotiations, and that suppliers have a range of alternative customers to supply their goods to,” Dr Schaper said.

Authorisation provides statutory protection 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.

Further information is available on the authorisation register.

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