ACCC proposes to allow coordination to continue between Jetstar's Asian brands

The ACCC is proposing to re-authorise, for a further five years, coordination involving three Asian based Jetstar branded joint ventures: Jetstar Asia, Jetstar Pacific, and Jetstar Japan.

The Jetstar joint ventures wish to continue coordinating with each other. Jetstar is also seeking to coordinate with their shareholding airlines including Qantas, Japan Airlines and Vietnam Airlines, on passenger and cargo services within Asia in certain circumstances.

ACCC allows agribusinesses to jointly purchase energy

The ACCC is allowing businesses in the new Eastern Energy Buyers Group (EEBG) to establish a joint energy purchasing group and run joint tender processes for electricity and gas for 11 years. 

EEBG’s current members are industrial energy users who operate in the agriculture industry. Members have significant operations in Victoria and some operations interstate. The proposed joint tender process would cover supply of electricity, gas and gas transport services to members of the group. penalised for misleading consumers

Hive Empire Pty Limited, trading as (Finder), has paid a penalty of $10,800 following the issue of an infringement notice by the ACCC for alleged false or misleading claims about the number of health insurance policies it compares.

The ACCC alleges that between February and May 2017, Finder represented on its website that its health insurance comparison service allowed consumers to “compare roughly 65,000 policies”, when the number of policies compared was substantially less than this.

Red Balloon pays penalty for excessive payment surcharges

Red Balloon Pty Ltd (Red Balloon) has paid penalties totalling $43,200 following the issue of four infringement notices by the ACCC for alleged breaches of the new excessive payment surcharges laws in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Red Balloon is an online trader that sells ‘experiences’ in Australia, such as skydiving jumps, wine tours, and cooking classes.

ACCC puts clothing retailers on notice

The ACCC has found some retailers may be misleading consumers about their rights under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) after reviewing the online policies of several large Australian clothing retailers.

“This year the ACCC has received over 750 complaints regarding consumer guarantees for clothing purchases. We are reviewing the policies of retailers at busy times such as Click Frenzy, in the lead up to Christmas and during the Boxing Day sales period,” ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said.

ACCC won't oppose proposed acquisition of OfficeMax by Complete Office Supplies

The ACCC will not oppose the proposed acquisition of OfficeMax Australia (OfficeMax) by Complete Office Supplies (COS).

COS and OfficeMax both supply office products to commercial and government customers in Australia.

The ACCC focussed on the supply of traditional office products, particularly stationery, to large commercial and government customers.

Court publishes redacted version of liability decision in ACCC v CFMEU case

The Federal Court has today published its judgment on liability in the ACCC v CFMEU case.

The ACCC commenced proceedings against the CFMEU in November 2014 alleging secondary boycott conduct in breach of section 45D of the CCA.

The Court also made non-publication and suppression orders which mean parts of the judgment are redacted.

The ACCC is unable to comment on the judgment due to the non-publication and suppression orders. Accordingly the ACCC will be making no further statements until such time as the non-publication and suppression orders are lifted.

Have your say about improving quad bike safety

Quad bikes riders and industry can make a submission to the ACCC’s quad bike safety investigation, with proposed reforms outlined in an Issues Paper released today.

“Tragically, 114 people have been killed in Australia in quad bike accidents since 2011. The ACCC is investigating a range of possible options to improve quad bike safety and prevent further deaths and injuries in the community,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

Small Business unfair contract terms in focus

The ACCC is continuing to educate business and take enforcement action to ensure that small businesses receive the protections of the new unfair contract terms laws.

Since 12 November last year, when the laws were extended to small business contracts, the ACCC has taken successful court action against a major waste management company, JJ Richards & Sons Pty Ltd, for unfair contract terms including an automatic five-year rollover clause, a unilateral price variation term and a broad indemnity provision.