Business

ACCCount 1 October to 31 December 2016

ACCCount details the ACCC's activities in the enforcement of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, merger reviews, compliance actions, adjudication issues, economic regulation and international involvement.

Small business in focus - 1 July to 31 December 2016

This twice-yearly report provides a summary of ACCC activities in the small business and franchising sectors and updates on industry codes.

20,000 complaints by shoppers about consumer guarantees

More than 20,000 shoppers complained to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission about consumer guarantees in 2016, with more than a quarter reporting problems returning electronics and whitegoods to retailers.

As the Christmas period ends and Boxing Day sales wind down, the ACCC is reminding shoppers they have automatic guarantee rights that a product will work for a reasonable period of time under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

ACCC advice

The ACCC provided its advice to the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) on 10 October 2016. The MDBA publicly released this advice on 22 November 2016. This release has been timed to coincide with the release by the MDBA of their proposed amendments to the Basin Plan for public consultation.

For more information on the process for amending the Basin Plan, please visit the MDBA website.

Water trading rules amendments: advice development

On 18 August 2016 the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) requested the ACCC’s advice on possible amendments to the Basin Plan water trading rules, which form Chapter 12 of the Basin Plan 2012 (Cth). These rules relate to the trading or transfer of tradeable water rights relating to Murray-Darling Basin water resources. Under the Water Act 2007 (Cth) the MDBA is required to obtain and have regard to advice by the ACCC when making or amending the water trading rules (s46(2)).

ACCC Business stakeholder survey report

The ACCC sought the direct views of businesses on our performance in administering regulation through the 2016 ACCC business stakeholder survey.

ACCCount 1 July to 30 September 2016

ACCCount details the ACCC's activities in the enforcement of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, merger reviews, compliance actions, adjudication issues, economic regulation and international involvement.

Unfair terms in small business contracts

On 12 November 2016, a new law to protect small businesses from unfair terms in business-to-business standard form contracts took effect across Australia.