Traders and growers need to keep a written record of any other grower or trader they deal with for at least six years. In addition there are specific record keeping obligations for both traders and growers.
We have a range of enforcement options available to us, including issuing warnings, investigating the conduct, issuing infringement notices or commencing legal proceeding.
Under the Horticulture Code growers and traders can use any procedures they choose to resolve a dispute. However, the Code has a dispute resolution process that must be followed if it is initiated by one of the parties.
The Horticulture Code requires growers and traders to have a written contract, called a Horticulture produce Agreement (HPA) before they can trade with each other..
Under the Horticulture Code, traders and growers must deal with each other in good faith. Failure to deal in good faith can lead to penalties for breaching the Code.
The Terms of Reference for the inquiry were set by the Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP.
The ACCC must submit its report following the inquiry to the Treasurer before 1 November 2017.