The following public submissions to the grocery inquiry were received by the ACCC.
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Broadly speaking, exclusive dealing occurs when one person trading with another imposes some restrictions on the other’s freedom to choose with whom, in what, or where they deal. Exclusive dealing is against the law only when it substantially lessens competition.
Businesses that wish to engage in certain conduct or anti-competitive arrangements can seek an exemption from the ACCC. Exemptions, or statutory protection against legal action, may be granted for conduct that might breach the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act.