Small business

Small business in focus - 1 January to 30 June 2017

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

Small business urged to review their payment surcharges

The ACCC is urging small business owners to start preparing now for the ban on excessive payment surcharges that will apply to all businesses across Australia from 1 September 2017.

The new law limits the amount that a business can charge customers for use of payment methods such as EFTPOS (debit and prepaid), MasterCard (credit, debit and prepaid), Visa (credit, debit and prepaid) and American Express cards issued by Australian banks. It came into effect for large businesses last year.

Franchising: what you need to know

This is a quick guide to help franchisees and prospective franchisees understand some of their rights and responsibilities under the Franchising Code of Conduct.

Payment surcharges - only charge what it costs you

Do you charge customers a surcharge on transactions? This is a quick guide to what you can and can’t include when working out your surcharge.

Unfair contract terms: New protection for small businesses

This factsheet provides an overview of the business-to-business unfair contract terms law, which prohibits terms which are considered unfair in small business standard form contracts.

ACCCount 1 January to 31 March 2017

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.

Domino’s pays penalty for alleged Franchising Code breach

Domino’s Pizza Enterprises Ltd (Domino’s) is the first company to pay penalties for alleged non-compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct.

Following the issue of two infringement notices by the ACCC, Domino’s has paid penalties totalling $18,000. The ACCC issued the infringement notices because it believed that Domino’s had failed to comply with the requirement in the Franchising Code of Conduct to provide franchisees with both an annual marketing fund financial statement and an auditor’s report within the time limits prescribed under the Code.

Example Horticulture Produce Agreement - Agent

A HPA can have additional terms and conditions as agreed by both parties, provided they do not conflict with the Code.