South Australian Oyster Growers’ Association Inc


On 9 October 2020, the South Australian Oyster Growers Association Inc (SAOGA) and the South Australian Oyster Research Council (SAORC) (together, the Applicants) applied for re-authorisation for an arrangement between the Applicants, current and future members of SAOGA and current and future oyster hatcheries, which grow and supply spat (juvenile oysters) to South Australian oyster growers.

Under authorisations first granted in 1999, the parties have agreed that the hatcheries will charge oyster growers in South Australia (which rear spat to marketable size) a levy on spat. The levy is used by the SAORC for oyster-industry research and development. The levy currently stands at $1.00 per 1000 spat, but can be increased in line with the Consumer Price Index.

The ACCC’s prior authorisations enabling SAOGA’s levy arrangement (A91229 and A91230) were granted on 1 October 2010 for a period of ten years, expiring on 23 October 2020. The Applicants sought urgent interim authorisation to enable the conduct allowed under authorisations A91229 and A91230 to continue while the ACCC undertakes its assessment of the application.

On 22 October 2020, the ACCC granted interim authorisation to allow the arrangement authorised in 2010 to continue while its assesses the application for re-authorisation.

A copy of the application is available below.

An indicative timetable is set out below for your information. 

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

9 October 2020

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

22 October 2020

Interim authorisation granted and public consultation process begins.

6 November 2020

Closing date for submissions on the application.

17 November 2020

Applicant responds to issues raised in the public consultation process.

December 2020

ACCC draft determination and consultation on the draft determination.

February/March 2021

Final determination.



  • South Australian Oyster Research Council Pty Ltd
  • South Australian Oyster Growers’ Association Inc

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000531-1


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ACCC correspondence

Submissions - before draft decision