Updates

24 September 2020

ACCC authorises cooperation to support coordination for the supply of essential medicines and related devices during the COVID-19 pandemic

The ACCC has granted authorisation to allow the members of both Medicines Australia (MA) and the Generic and Biosimilar Medicines Association (GBMA) to cooperate in relation to the supply of prescription-only medicines that are critical to patient health and devices or services that are supplied or administered with these medicines, if there are shortages resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The application was lodged by MA on behalf of itself, its members and the GBMA, and its members, (together the MA/GBMA Working Group) and future members of the MA/GBMA Working Group.

24 September 2020

ACCC proposes to authorise processors to cooperate on Victorian chicken meat supply during the COVID-19 pandemic

The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to enable Ingham’s, Turosi, Hazeldene’s Chicken Farm and the Australian Chicken Meat Federation (the representative body for the chicken meat industry) to coordinate through a ‘COVID Working Group’ to reduce the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated Victorian stage 4 restrictions on the chicken meat industry.
17 September 2020

ACCC authorises collective bargaining with Tabcorp

The ACCC has issued a determination granting authorisation to enable the National Lotteries and Newsagents Association (NLNA) to collectively bargain on behalf of its current and future members with Tabcorp Holdings Ltd (Tabcorp).
17 September 2020

ACCC grants authorisation to cooperate in relation to private health insurance coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic

The ACCC has issued a determination granting authorisation to Private Healthcare Australia Limited (PHA), its members, and Members Health Fund Alliance and its members (the Participating Parties) to make, and give effect to, arrangements, and to discuss and share information with each other in relation to private health insurance coverage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
17 September 2020

ACCC grants authorisation to coordinate the supply of medicines and pharmacy products

The ACCC has issued a determination granting authorisation to the National Pharmaceutical Services Association (the NPSA), its current and future members and Community Service Obligation Distributors (together, the Participants) to coordinate activities necessary for the purpose of providing continued and equitable access to medicines and pharmacy products for all Australians during supply shortages that may arise from the COVID-19 pandemic.
16 September 2020

National Honda Dealer Council can collectively bargain with Honda Australia about the implementation of Honda's new dealer model

The ACCC has granted interim authorisation to the National Honda Dealer Council (NHDC) to enable itself and represented Honda Australia dealers to share information, and to commence negotiations with Honda Australia about the proposed terms of a new agency model proposed to be entered into between Honda Australia and dealers, whereby dealers would deal with consumers as agents of Honda Australia in some respects rather than in their own right (the New Model).
11 September 2020

ACCC authorises airlines to cooperate on regional routes

The ACCC has issued a final determination granting conditional authorisation to enable Regional Express Pty Ltd (Rex) to coordinate flight schedules with Qantas and/or Virgin Australia to efficiently manage capacity, and share revenue as necessary, on 10 regional routes in response to the collapse in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
10 September 2020

ACCC grants authorisation to cooperate in the supply of medical equipment

The ACCC has issued a determination granting authorisation to Medical Technology Association of Australia Limited, its members, and relevant non-members in the medical technology industry to cooperate in the supply of medical equipment and related supplies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

10 September 2020

ACCC authorises cooperation to optimise NBN during the COVID-19 pandemic

The ACCC has issued a final determination granting authorisation to enable NBN Co and a group of retail communications services providers (the Special Working Group) to discuss, agree, and implement capacity optimisation strategies for the National Broadband Network, solely for the purpose of responding to the changes in demand on the network resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
7 September 2020

ACCC grants interim authorisation for extended Qantas Airways and China Eastern Airlines alliance

The ACCC has granted interim authorisation to enable Qantas and China Eastern Airlines' to continue to give effect to a joint coordination agreement that has been in place since 2015. The agreement facilitates an alliance between Qantas and China Eastern Airlines for operations between Australia and mainland China.