Updates

10 February 2022

ACCC proposes to authorise regional waste collection service for Perth councils

The ACCC has released a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC), City of Bayswater, Town of Bassendean and the Shire of Mundaring (the Applicants) to establish a Regional Waste Collection Service operated by the EMRC, where each of the 3 councils will jointly negotiate and enter into service agreements with the EMRC for the provision of collection and ancillary waste services.
9 February 2022

ACCC grants interim authorisation to Queensland councils for joint waste services tendering

The ACCC has granted interim authorisation to the Gladstone Regional Council, Rockhampton Regional Council, Livingstone Shire Council, Central Highlands Regional Council and Banana Shire Council (the Councils) to enable them to commence tendering for recyclable waste processing services while the ACCC is considering the substantive authorisation application. The ACCC also issued a draft determination proposing to authorise the Councils to engage in a collective tender for the long term joint procurement and collective management of the resulting contracts until 30 January 2041.
9 February 2022

ACCC proposes to exempt POPL at Portland

The ACCC has released a draft determination proposing to grant Port of Portland Pty Ltd (POPL) exempt service provider status in relation to its Portland port terminal facility under the Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat) Code of Conduct (the Code).
9 February 2022

ACCC grants interim authorisation to Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia

The ACCC has granted interim authorisation to the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (the MFAA) to enable it to implement its revised Disciplinary Rules while the ACCC assesses the substantive application for re-authorisation. The ACCC also issued a draft determination proposing to re-authorise the MFAA’s revised Disciplinary Rules for five years.
17 December 2021

ACCC proposes to authorise arrangements for Primary Health Network to scale up data extraction tool for wider use

The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to authorise arrangements which allow WA Primary Health Alliance Ltd (WAPHA) and a group of organisations managing other Primary Health Networks (PHNs, collectively, the Participating PHNs) to jointly scale up and develop their own data extraction software for use by the Participating PHNs and their affiliated General Practice (GP) clinics (the Proposed Conduct).
17 December 2021

Minor variations granted to recruitment association’s professional conduct regime

The ACCC has granted minor variations to the Recruitment, Consulting and Staffing Association (RCSA)’s authorisation AA1000435, which was granted for 5 years on 8 August 2019. The authorisation relates to RCSA’s professional conduct regime, which sets out professional standards for members, guidelines for the resolution of grievances and processes for dealing with non-compliance by members.
16 December 2021

ACCC proposes to authorise Metropolitan Waste & Resource Recovery Group and Ors to jointly procure recycling sorting services

The ACCC proposes to authorise the Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group (MWRRG) and 3 regional waste and resource recovery groups (regional WRRGs) (and any successor appointed for MWRRG and the 3 regional WRRGs), and 27 metropolitan Melbourne councils and 8 regional Victorian councils (together, the Participating Councils) to conduct a collaborative tender process to procure sorting services for commingled household recyclable waste collected from residents’ kerbsides.
15 December 2021

ACCC proposes to approve electricity reliability measures during the pandemic

The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and electricity industry participants for certain maintenance coordination and information sharing arrangements to ensure secure and reliable electricity supply, and minimise the risk of outages, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
9 December 2021

ACCC proposes to authorise Regional Renewable Organics Network project

The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation for 20 years to six Victorian local councils and Barwon Region Water Corporation (the Applicants) to engage in collective bargaining with each other to negotiate the terms of waste supply agreements covering the provision of organic waste material and the supply of waste processing services through a Regional Renewable Organics Network (RRON) project. The six councils are: Borough of Queenscliff, City of Greater Geelong, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains Shire, Surf Coast Shire, Wyndham City Council.
9 December 2021

ACCC proposes to authorise coordination for the supply of medicines and pharmacy products

The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to re-authorise the National Pharmaceutical Services Association (NPSA), its members and Community Service Obligation Distributors (the Participants) to enable them to have discussions, enter into or give effect to arrangements, or engage in conduct for the purpose of facilitating the supply of, and access to, medicines and pharmacy products. In addition, authorisation will allow for collective bargaining by the NPSA on behalf of its members in relation to possible vaccine distribution arrangements with the Government.