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  1. Red Balloon pays penalty for excessive payment surcharges

    17 November 2017 - infringement notices by the ACCC for alleged breaches of the new excessive payment surcharges laws in the Competition and Consumer … surcharges in respect of payments they made by MasterCard credit, Visa credit, Visa debit and MasterCard debit respectively. “Red Balloon was charging these customers more than allowed under the law prohibiting excessive payment surcharges on card …
  2. Fitness First pays penalty for excessive surcharging

    26 September 2018 - notice for an alleged breach of the excessive payment surcharge provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The ACCC … The ACCC alleged in the infringement notice that Fitness First charged an excessive payment surcharge by imposing a 50 cent … imposing flat fee surcharges if they wish, they must ensure the surcharge amount does not exceed their cost of acceptance …
  3. Small business urged to review their payment surcharges

    3 July 2017 - 3 July 2017 The ACCC is urging small business owners to start preparing now for the ban on excessive payment surcharges … year. “Small businesses that choose to impose payment surcharges should review their surcharge levels to ensure … if your cost of acceptance for Visa Credit is one per cent you can only surcharge one per cent on Visa credit card payments …
  4. Excessive payment surcharge ban

    31 August 2017 - surcharges for using certain types of EFTPOS, Mastercard, Visa and American Express cards to make payments. The excessive surcharging ban has applied to large businesses since September last year and now extends to all businesses that are either based in Australia or use an Australian bank. The ban does not affect businesses that choose not to apply a surcharge to payments …
  5. Ban on excessive surcharging by large businesses starts today

    1 September 2016 - on charging consumers excessive payment surcharges, which commences today. “The new law limits the amount a large business can … large businesses to review their pricing practices. We expect to see a move from flat-fee surcharges for purchasing items like flights, towards percentage-based or capped surcharges. The ACCC is aware that some event ticketing companies …
  6. ACCC to commence excessive surcharge compliance role on 1 September 2016

    26 May 2016 - 26 May 2016 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission will begin enforcing the ban on excessive surcharges … Standard which relates to surcharges by merchants when charging customers for the use of a credit or debit card. Surcharges … will limit the amount businesses can surcharge customers for use of payment methods such as most credit and debit cards …
  7. ACCC acknowledges GrainCorp’s removal of outload fee surcharge

    20 December 2016 - 20 December 2016 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has ended its investigation into a surcharge … facilities to rival port terminals. The ACCC had been investigating whether the imposition of the surcharge increased the cost … operations, the ACCC was concerned that the surcharge could affect competition along grain supply chains, particularly at a time …
  8. Air NZ penalised $15 million for price fixing

    27 June 2018 - to fix the price of fuel and insurance surcharges on air freight services from Hong Kong, and insurance and security charges … said. The Court ordered Air NZ to pay a pecuniary penalty of $11.5 million for price fixing in relation to fuel surcharges … to the insurance and security surcharge from Singapore to Australia. “This decision sends a strong warning to overseas and domestic …
  9. Small business in focus - 1 July to 31 December 2017 ( PDF 308.98 KB )

    22 January 2018 - Excessive payment surcharging The ban on excessive surcharges, which already applied to large businesses, was extended to small … charging four customers’ excessive surcharges when they made either credit or debit card payments. Dr Michael Schaper In May … and the dairy industry Payment surcharges—only charge what it costs you Unfair contract terms: New protection for small businesses …
  10. Small business in focus - 1 January to 30 June 2018 ( PDF 453.54 KB )

    28 August 2018 - surcharges—only charge what it costs you Unfair contract terms: New protection for small businesses Franchising: what you need to know … https://www.accc.gov.au/publications/payment-surcharges-only-charge-what-it-costs-you https://www.accc.gov.au/publications/unfair-contract-terms-new-protection-for-small-businesses …