Small business

Small business in focus - 1 July to 31 December 2017

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

Bannerman Competition Lecture 2016

The 2016 Bannerman Competition Lecture was delivered by Dr Phillip Williams AM, Head of Legal and Competition Practice at Frontier Economics Australia.

Dr Williams' lecture, QCMA, forty years on reflected on the Queensland Co-Op Milling Association Limited and Defiance Holdings Limited (QMCA) matter, which the Trade Practices Tribunal rules on in 1976.

New Car Retailing Industry market study: independent repairers' factsheet

In December 2017, the ACCC released its final report for the new car retailing industry market study. The ACCC has prepared a factsheet for independent repairers.

ACCCount 1 July to 30 September 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.

Excessive payment surcharge ban

From tomorrow, every business across Australia will be banned from charging customers excessive surcharges for using certain types of EFTPOS, Mastercard, Visa and American Express cards to make payments.

The excessive surcharging ban has applied to large businesses since September last year and now extends to all businesses that are either based in Australia or use an Australian bank. The ban does not affect businesses that choose not to apply a surcharge to payments.