New fair trading law needed to enhance Australia's perishable agricultural markets

Australia’s perishable agricultural goods markets need a new fair trading law to address harmful practices arising from bargaining power imbalances that are not covered by current laws, the ACCC has found.

The ACCC’s Perishable Agricultural Goods Inquiry Report, released today, recommends the introduction of an unfair trading practices prohibition, and the strengthening of the small business unfair contract term protections and the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct.

Union Dairy Company pays penalty for alleged breach of Dairy Code

Riddoch Trading Pty Ltd, trading as the Union Dairy Company (UDC), has paid a penalty of $10,500 after the ACCC issued it with an infringement notice for allegedly failing to comply with its publishing obligations under the Dairy Code.

The Code requires dairy processors to publish standard form milk supply agreements on their website by 2.00pm on 1 June each year.

ACCC receives international competition advocacy award

The ACCC has received an award from the International Competition Network and World Bank Group for its work to improve competition in the Australian dairy industry, which involved an inquiry into competition in the sector, and subsequent recommendation of a mandatory code. The dairy inquiry was completed in April 2018.

The annual contest recognises the role that competition agencies and government departments play in promoting competition and its benefits through activities other than enforcement action.


On 3 September 2020, the ACCC sought submissions from all interested parties in response to the terms of reference. Submissions were due by 18 September 2020.

Small business in focus - 1 January to 30 June 2020

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

New inquiry to focus on perishable agricultural supply chains

The ACCC will today commence a new three-month inquiry into bargaining power in supply chains for perishable agricultural products in Australia.

The inquiry, initiated by the Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and the Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, will take a broad look at trading practices throughout supply chains, including the relationships between farmers, processors and retailers.

ACCC commences review of chicken meat industry in Australia

The ACCC has commenced a self-initiated review of the chicken meat industry in Australia. The review will run to December 2020 and will focus on the commercial relationships between growers and processors. At the conclusion of the review, the ACCC will publish a report that will outline competition or consumer issues existing in the industry and consider the options available to address the identified issues.