Co-Operative Supermarkets Australia Limited

Summary

Co-operative Supermarkets Australia Limited (CSA) is an incorporated co-operative whose members operate independent supermarket and convenience stores. CSA and its members are seeking to collectively bargain with suppliers of goods and services to the Australian grocery industry.

Specifically, CSA and its members seek authorisation to:

  • Collectively bargain with suppliers of all kinds in the Australian grocery industry supply chain in the relation to the supply of goods or services that are either consumed by CSA members or offered for sale through the members business. This includes sharing of information by CSA members about price and conditions of supply offered to or existing with CSA members by suppliers.
  • Impose and enforce an ‘active member test’, requiring members to actively trade in the goods and services offered through CSA’s system during each rolling two-month period.

(the Proposed Conduct).

CSA has also applied for interim authorisation to engage in the Proposed Conduct, other than entering into contracts with suppliers. That is, interim authorisation is sought to negotiate with suppliers, but not to enter into contracts with suppliers.

A copy of the application is available by following the link below.

The ACCC is currently undertaking public consultation on this application for authorisation. Submissions are due by 6 December 2019. Further information on the application and on how to provide a submission to the ACCC can be found in the documents below.

The ACCC will progress its assessment of the application in a timely manner. An indicative timetable is set out below.

 

Indicative timetable for assessment of the application

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

5 November 2019

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

20 November 2019

Public consultation process begins.

6 December 2019

Closing date for submissions from interested parties on interim authorisation and the substantive application.

December 2019

ACCC decision regarding interim authorisation.

January 2020

Draft Determination.

February 2020

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

March 2020

Final determination.

Applicant(s)

  • Co-Operative Supermarkets Australia Limited

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000457-1

Applications

Document title Date

Consultations

ACCC correspondence

Submissions - before draft decision