Tasmanian launch of ACCC Rural and Regional Program

10 July 2002

The President of the Tasmanian Legislative Council, Mr Don Wing MLC, Member for Paterson, will launch an exciting new Australian Competition and Consumer Commission initiative, the Tasmanian Rural and Regional Program, in Launceston, on Friday, 12 July 2002.

The ACCC's commitment to addressing the concerns of business and consumers outside major metropolitan areas has led to the establishment of a national Rural and Regional Program.

The program helps rural industries understand their rights and obligations under the Trade Practices Act 1974.

"In support of small business and consumers, the ACCC has initiated a number of court actions in Tasmania following allegations of anti-competitive, unconscionable or misleading conduct", ACCC Commissioner for Small Business, Mr John Martin, said today. "The Rural and Regional Program will help small businesses identify trade practices issues before they become unmanageable.

"Regional Outreach Officers have been appointed in ACCC offices across Australia. They regularly visit regional communities and are building the Regional Network. This network, that includes State Government agencies, Local Government, Area Consultative Committees, Business Enterprise Centres and Chambers of Commerce, is an important element of the program to promote an increased understanding of the Act and the role of the ACCC", Mr Martin said.

Network supporters also provide businesses with better access to ACCC resources, which include guidelines, newsletters and journals, many specifically produced to assist small business.

The supporters play a crucial role in ensuring the continued success of the Competing Fairly Forums, another ACCC initiative for rural and regional Australia. Using a live satellite link, the forums are beamed to regional venues around Australia and allow direct discussion with the ACCC of trade practices matters pertinent to rural and regional Australia.

The ACCC Rural and Regional Program will be launched at Postreos Café, Cameron Street, Launceston from 10.30 a.m. on Friday, 12 July 2002.

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