Consumers

Celebrating 40 years of making markets work

Whether it is labelling claims made about the honey on your toast or a takeover bid for the company that supplies your milk, the Competition and Consumer Act influences every business-to-business and business-to-consumer transaction in Australia.

The Trade Practices Act 1974 was renamed the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and has gone through many reviews, but the original principles of promoting efficiency and competition and protecting consumers from unfair practices remain.

Bannerman Competition Lecture 2016

The 2016 Bannerman Competition Lecture was delivered by Dr Phillip Williams AM, Head of Legal and Competition Practice at Frontier Economics Australia.

Dr Williams' lecture, QCMA, forty years on reflected on the Queensland Co-Op Milling Association Limited and Defiance Holdings Limited (QMCA) matter, which the Trade Practices Tribunal rules on in 1976.

Remote Indigenous communities to remain ATM fee-free

The ACCC has granted re-authorisation for banks to provide fee-free ATM services in certain very remote Indigenous communities for 10 years.

Under the arrangement, participating banks and ATM deployers provide fee-free ATM withdrawals and balance enquiries at up to 85 selected ATMs for customers of those banks.

“People living in very remote Indigenous communities can often pay high levels of total ATM fees due to frequent ATM usage to check balances and withdraw money, and a lack of access to alternatives,” ACCC Commissioner Roger Featherston said.

SA chicken growers authorised to collectively bargain

The ACCC has granted authorisation to the South Australian Baiada Growers Group (the Growers Group) to collectively bargain the terms and conditions of chicken grower contracts with chicken meat processor, Baiada Poultry Pty Ltd (Baiada).

The Growers Group represents all chicken growers currently contracted to Baiada in South Australia. Most of the 20 broiler chicken farmer members are small businesses. Authorisation is granted for ten years.

Participation in collective bargaining is voluntary for members of the Growers Group, and for Baiada.