Small business

Small business in focus - 1 January to 30 June 2020

This twice-yearly report provides a summary of ACCC activities in the small business, franchising and agriculture sectors.

Application of the Dairy Code and exemptions

The Dairy Code of Conduct came into effect on 1 January 2020. All milk supply agreements created, varied or renewed after this date are subject to the code. The Code applies to dealings between a dairy farmer and any corporation that purchases milk directly from them, including supermarkets, milk brokers, and cooperatives (which have a limited exemption in relation to open-ended agreements). The Code may apply to collective bargaining arrangements in some circumstances.

APRA required to improve transparency of music licensing and royalties

Greater transparency about licence fees and royalties is a condition of the ACCC reauthorising the Australasian Performing Right Association’s (APRA) musical works licensing arrangements for a further four years.

APRA and its members, including composers, songwriters and publishers, hold performing rights for almost all commercially popular music played or performed in Australia, and earn royalties from those rights. In most cases, members assign these rights on an exclusive basis to APRA, which collects royalties by imposing licence fees on users of that music.

ACCCount 1 January to 31 March 2020

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.

Targeting scams 2019: a review of scam activity since 2009

This report provides key findings into 2019 scams, as well as insights into scam trends over the decade.

Electricity market misconduct

Part XICA of the Competition and Consumer Act applies to all electricity generators and to retailers that generate and supply electricity to small customers. Part XICA establishes three specific prohibitions targeting certain conduct in electricity markets. The prohibitions relate to retail pricing, financial contract market conduct and conduct in electricity spot markets.