Competing fairly

ACCC enforcement guidance - free range hen egg claims

The ACCC has produced this guide to help hen egg producers of all sizes understand their fair trading rights and obligations when promoting or selling free range eggs. The guide will also inform consumers and the public more generally about the ACCC’s approach to free range egg claims, which may assist the public to have confidence buying free range.

Competition key to restoring Australia’s productivity

Addressing the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia Conference in Sydney, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims discusses how the proposed Harper competition reforms can boost national prosperity and help turn the tables on many years of poor infrastructure policies and practices. He presses the need for road reform outlining a way ahead that is "entirely doable and saleable" with two steps. Mr Sims also warns against privatising infrastructure assets with the wrong objective in mind and discusses the regulation of monopoly infrastructure.

 

Section 46: The great divide

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims discusses three divides surrounding misuse of market power laws; the divide between what the words of section 46 mean to the wider public versus what they mean to competition insiders; the divide between Australia and the rest of the world; and, the divide between the focus on 'take advantage' and commercial and economic logic. Mr Sims suggests the proposed Harper reforms offer a way forward.

Priorities 2015

In his first speech of the year, Chairman Rod Sims launches the 2015 edition of the ACCC’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy at CEDA in Sydney. Mr Sims announces cartel conduct in government procurement, truth in advertising, competition and consumer issues in the health sector and industry codes as new priorities. He also outlines the ACCC’s role in ensuring privatisation delivers for consumers, improving the functioning of the financial system given the competition focus of the Murray report, ensuring a smooth transition for consumers to NBN services and reviewing water rules to improve outcomes in the Murray-Darling Basin.

Court finds Coles engaged in unconscionable conduct and orders Coles pay $10 million penalties

The Federal Court has today, by consent, made declarations in two proceedings instituted by the ACCC that Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd engaged in unconscionable conduct in 2011 in its dealings with certain suppliers.

The Court has also ordered Coles pay combined pecuniary penalties of $10 million and costs.

Coles will also enter a court enforceable undertaking to the ACCC to establish a formal process to provide options for redress for over 200 suppliers referred to in the proceedings.

In her judgment, Justice Gordon said:

The comparator website industry in Australia

This report has been compiled to provide industry, consumer groups and regulators with a better understanding of the comparator website industry in Australia and its potential impact on competition and consumer welfare.

The future of competition policy and its implications for Australian agriculture

Addressing the Australian Farm Institute Conference in Melbourne, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims explains how Australian agriculture can benefit from better competition policy. Mr Sims comments on the 'national champions' argument and advocates important changes to collective bargaining. He also calls on the egg industry to review free range claims following a recent Federal Court decision.

Enhancing competition policy

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims addresses the Law Council of Australia, Competition & Consumer Committee Annual General Meeting in Brisbane. Mr Sims discusses gaps in the law which can damage economic efficiency and also do not reflect international best practice. He also covers merger policy, and the re-emergence of the 'national champions' argument and briefly comments on institutional issues.