The ACCC has issued final determinations granting conditional authorisation to enable private and public hospital operators, along with government health authorities in each Australian state and territory to work with each other in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ACCC has commenced a self-initiated review of the chicken meat industry in Australia. The review will run to December 2020 and will focus on the commercial relationships between growers and processors. At the conclusion of the review, the ACCC will publish a report that will outline competition or consumer issues existing in the industry and consider the options available to address the identified issues.
The ACCC has issued two final determinations granting conditional authorisation to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and the National Retail Association (NRA) and other participating industry associations.
The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to grant 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).
The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to grant conditional 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.
On 5 August 2020, the ACCC issued a draft determination proposing to grant conditional authorisation to enable the Australian Energy Council (AEC), its members and other participating retailers of gas or electricity to share information, discuss and in due course enter into and/or give effect to any contract, arrangement or understanding between them, or engage in any conduct, which has the purpose of providing financial and/or other relief to retail energy customers facing financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including residential customers and business customers of any size.
The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to grant conditional authorisation to enable the Australian Medical Association (New South Wales) and any participating visiting medical officer (VMO) to collectively negotiate with private hospitals and day surgeries licensed in New South Wales. The collective negotiations are for the terms and conditions (including remuneration) for VMOs engaged to provide medical services to public patients in the NSW private hospital system in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to grant conditional authorisation to enable the Minerals Council of Australia, together with seven other mining and exploration industry associations and their members, to coordinate and collaborate to respond to shortages in certain critical services and supplies arising out of the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ACCC has issued a determination granting conditional authorisation to enable 7-Eleven Stores Pty Limited (7-Eleven) to approach certain stores in its network and enter into arrangements which will provide for temporary closure or reduced trading hours. These stores, which may include stores operated by franchisees and stores operated by 7-Eleven (or through its sister entity, Convenience Holdings Pty Limited), have experienced substantially reduced demand during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to authorise the Australian Energy Market Operator Limited (AEMO) to allow gas and electricity industry participants to co-operate on measures to ensure secure and reliable energy supply and integrity of wholesale markets during the COVID-19 pandemic. The ACCC proposes to grant authorisation until 31 March 2021.