Small business

ACCC holiday operations

As the ACCC will have limited operations during the Christmas and New Year period, we wanted to provide you with details of arrangements over the break.

ACCC offices: Our offices will be closed from 12 pm, Friday 23 December 2022 until 9am, Tuesday 3 January 2023.

Florists remove misleading ‘local business’ representations from webpages

United Florists Pty Ltd trading as Lily’s Florist and Elysium Marketing Pty Ltd, a related body corporate, have each provided a court-enforceable undertaking to the ACCC in relation to misleading representations that Lily’s Florist was a local florist. 

United Florists has admitted that it made misleading representations that Lily’s Florist was a local florist or had a physical presence in a particular suburb, town or location when in fact Lily’s Florist is an online florist which employs an outsourcing model, fulfilling orders via third-party florists.  

Feedback sought on ways to smother fire risks linked to lithium-ion batteries

The ACCC is seeking input on ways to reduce the significant fire and safety risks associated with lithium-ion batteries, which can overheat or explode, particularly when used, charged or stored incorrectly.

An issues paper published today, will help the ACCC to better understand the risks posed by lithium-ion batteries and inform recommendations to reduce the chances of fires, injuries and property damage.

Farm businesses warned as scams targeting agricultural sector grow

Farmers and small businesses in rural and regional areas are urged to be cautious, particularly when buying heavy machinery, following a spike in scams targeting the agricultural sector this year.

Reports to the ACCC’s Scamwatch show Australian farm businesses lost more than $1.2 million to scammers between 1 January and 31 August 2022, an increase of more than 20 per cent compared to the same period last year.