The ACCC is seeking feedback about a potential ‘class exemption’ to allow small businesses, agribusinesses and franchisees to negotiate collectively with their customers or suppliers, including franchisors.
The ACCC discussion paper published today sets out how a collective bargaining class exemption could operate, who would qualify, and what conditions would apply.
ACCC Deputy Chair Mick Keogh’s address to the Australian Livestock Saleyards Association Annual Conference 2018 regarding the outcomes of the ACCC’s Beef and Cattle Market Study, the response from industry, and competition issues at saleyards.
Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Limited (WCB) has altered terms in its milk supply agreements and milk supply handbook following engagement with the ACCC regarding potentially unfair contract terms.
WCB’s contracts with farmers contained terms that allowed it to unilaterally vary the milk price and other milk supply terms, with the farmer unable to terminate the milk supply agreement early without incurring a financial penalty.
After 1 July, Australian consumers will have much greater certainty about the origins of the food they buy, due to the introduction of mandatory Country of Origin food labelling. The ACCC will conduct market surveillance checks on 10,000 food products to ensure businesses are correctly displaying the new labels.
All businesses–including manufacturers, processors and importers that offer food for retail sale in Australia–will need to comply with the Country of Origin Food Labelling Information Standard, which specifies how claims can be made about the origin of food products.
ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh delivers an address to the Third Annual Australian Agribusiness Law Conference on the topic of regulation in the agriculture industry.
The cattle and beef industry has not acted on most of the recommendations made by the ACCC in 2017 to improve the transparency and efficiency of Australian cattle markets, according to a review released today by the ACCC.
Grain marketing organisation AWB Harvest Finance Pools Pty Ltd (AWB) has made changes to its standard form grain pool contracts after the ACCC raised concerns that some terms in the contracts were unfair.
AWB’s grain pool contracts originally included terms giving it the power to:
In his annual CEDA address, Chairman Rod Sims launched the ACCC's 2018 Compliance and Enforcement policy. This year, the ACCC will focus on consumer issues in broadband services and energy, competition in the financial services and commercial construction sectors, systemic consumer guarantee issues, and conduct that may contravene the new misuse of market power and concerted practices provisions.