The Horticulture Code of Conduct is a mandatory industry code prescribed under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The Code aims to improve the clarity and transparency of trading arrangements between growers and traders in the horticulture sector.
The ACCC and ASIC have jointly produced this guideline which aims to assist creditors, collectors and debtors understand their rights and obligations, and ensure that debt collection activity is undertaken in a way that is consistent with consumer protection laws.
This report examines the debt collection industry in Australia. It aims to provide greater understanding of the industry and to identify structural issues or operational practices that may lead to problematic behaviours within the sector.
This report summarises the major issues identified during information-gathering activities undertaken by both the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in 2008.