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  1. 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 …
  2. 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 …
  3. ACCC submission on the operation and effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct ( PDF 5.48 MB )

    18 May 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 …
  4. Small business contacts up 30 per cent

    22 January 2018 - including competition law reform, the ban on excessive payment surcharges and the new laws for unfair contract terms. “Many … breaches of the new excessive payment surcharges laws. The ACCC took court action against JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd …
  5. 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 …
  6. ACCC submission to Draft Report – Productivity Commission Inquiry into Competition in the Australian Financial System ( PDF 518.5 KB )

    10 April 2018 - insurance in Northern Australia  the investigation of complaints relating to excessive card payment surcharges by merchants … effects, including phasing them out. 2.3. Other areas of ACCC engagement in the financial services sector Excessive surcharging on card payments Collectively, the RBA’s standard relating to merchant surcharges for card transactions5 and the Competition …
  7. Small business in focus - 1 January to 30 June 2017 ( PDF 527.1 KB )

    24 July 2017 - networks hit over 10 000 for the first time Coming up this year • Excessive payment surcharge ban on all businesses —1 … terms, excessive payment surcharges, and country of origin labelling laws. We have worked to protect small businesses … website. Excessive payment surcharging There’s a new law that prevents businesses overcharging their customers for card …
  8. ACCC issues ACCCount for July to September 2017 quarter

    7 November 2017 - representations that its eggs were ‘free range’. A ban on excessive payment surcharges applying to all businesses across Australia …
  9. Private health insurance

    7 June 2017 - Levy Surcharge, as distinct from the Medicare Levy, is an additional tax imposed on high-income earners who do not have … for individuals or $180,000 for families as at 2016/2017) will save on the Medicare Levy Surcharge by purchasing appropriate private health insurance. The majority of Australian consumers do not incur the Medicare Levy Surcharge and are not able to save …
  10. CCA compliance in interesting times

    24 February 2017 - arrangements. Payment surcharges In September last year, we began enforcing the ban on excessive surcharges as outlined in the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Payment Surcharges) Bill 2015.   The ban stops businesses from charging payment surchargessurcharging behaviour that may breach component pricing provisions. Broadband performance and speed claims The communication …