Business rights

ACCC warns businesses time is running out to review their standard form contracts for unfair contract terms

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper says that he is concerned that many sectors remain unprepared for changes coming into effect in November when existing unfair contracts provisions for consumers are extended to include small businesses.

Small business in focus - 1 January 2016 to 30 June 2016

This twice-yearly report provides a summary of ACCC activities in the small business and franchising sectors and updates on industry codes.

Q&A: Payment surcharges

If a business chooses to impose a surcharge on its customers for making a payment using a credit, debit or prepaid card, the level of the surcharge must not be excessive. Our questions and answers provide detailed information about the new ban.

Payment surcharges

If a business chooses to impose a surcharge on its customers for making a payment using a credit, debit or prepaid card, the level of the surcharge must not be excessive. The ACCC will investigate complaints of excessive payment surcharging and take enforcement action where necessary.

Small business in focus - 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015

This twice-yearly report provides a summary of ACCC activities in the small business and franchising sectors and updates on industry codes.

ACCC urges businesses to check that their contracts are fair

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging businesses to closely review the standard form contracts they use when dealing with other businesses.

A new law will take effect on 12 November 2016, following a 12-month transition period, that offers small businesses protections against unfair contract terms offered by other (usually larger) firms.

Comparator websites: A guide for comparator website operators and suppliers

The ACCC has developed this guide to assist operators and suppliers when making decisions about all aspects of comparator services, including in advertising and marketing.