Highlands Potatoes and Ag Incorporated (HPAI) is a group of 11 potato growers located in the Central Highlands region of Victoria. HPAI lodged a collective bargaining notification, on behalf of current and future members, to:
- share information about costs of production and methods for potato production
- share information about various terms in the contract and to seek collective legal advice
- share information about the market for a range of potato products and price points to assist in negotiation
- to have a sub group, council or individual to negotiate contractual terms and price paid for potatoes by potato processors on behalf of members of the group.
On 12 September 2019, the ACCC decided not to object to the notification. The ACCC decided to allow the immunity provided by the notification to remain in force for 10 years from the date it was lodged. Accordingly, the notification came into force on 12 August 2019 and will remain in force until 28 July 2029, unless it is withdrawn or revoked. Further information about the ACCC’s decision is available in the Statement of Reasons below.