Authorisations

ACCC proposes to allow agribusinesses joint purchasing of energy

The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to allow businesses in the new Eastern Energy Buyers Group (EEBG) to run joint tender processes for electricity and gas. 

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

ACCC proposes to authorise independent cinemas to bargain collectively

The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to Independent Cinemas Australia (ICA), and its current and future independent cinema members, to share information and collectively bargain with film distributors.

ICA and its members are seeking to share information with each other and collectively bargain with film distributors on the terms of film licensing agreements.

ACCC proposes to grant authorisation to Transport Workers Union owner drivers to collectively bargain

The ACCC proposes to grant authorisation, for five years, to the Transport Workers Union of Australia SA/NT Branch. These two authorisations provide for owner drivers contracted to Toll Transport Pty Ltd (Toll) in metropolitan Adelaide, and in Whyalla, to engage in voluntary collective bargaining with Toll.

ACCC proposes to authorise roll out of Woolworths' discount programs to participating BP sites

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft decision proposing to grant conditional authorisation to a commercial alliance between BP Australia Pty Ltd, BP Resellers, and Woolworths Limited (ASX:WOW).

Authorisation would allow participating BP service stations to accept Woolworths shopper dockets and participate in the Woolworths Rewards loyalty program, if BP is successful in acquiring Woolworths’ service stations.

ACCC proposes to approve collective bargaining between Licensed Post Offices and Australia Post

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to Licensed Post Office Group Ltd (LPO Group) and its current and future licensed post office members to collectively negotiate with Australia Post.

LPO Group and its members are seeking to collectively negotiate and enter into a new agreement with Australia Post, or vary the agreements that are currently in place for the provision of postal and distribution services by Licensed Post Offices (LPOs).

ACCC grants authorisation to Virgin Australia's mainland China and Hong Kong airline alliance

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation to coordinate airline services for five years to Virgin Australia Airlines, the HNA Aviation Group, Hong Kong Airlines and Hong Kong Express Airways. The Alliance Framework Agreement may see additional airline services operate between Australia and mainland China, and Australia and Hong Kong.

Canadian connection builds on international experience

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is pleased to announce that Ms Jeanne Pratt of the Canadian Competition Bureau will be acting Executive General Manager of its Merger and Authorisation Review Branch as part of a 12-month interchange.

Ms Pratt will be replacing Mr Rami Greiss, who will take on the position of Senior Deputy Commissioner, Cartels and Deceptive Marketing Practices Branch at the Canadian regulator, where Ms Pratt is currently Senior Deputy Commissioner, Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch.

Interim authorisation granted for collective bargaining between licensed post offices and Australia Post

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has decided to grant interim authorisation to LPO Group ltd (LPO Group) and its current and future licensed post office members to collectively negotiate, enter into and give effect to agreements with Australia Post. The scope of interim authorisation is limited to licensee payments and commissions as part of the annual payment review, as well as remuneration for any new services introduced by Australia Post.

ACCC won't allow tobacco companies to act together

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is denying authorisation to British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, and Philip Morris to jointly cease supplying retailers or wholesalers they consider to be supplying illicit tobacco.

Between them, these three companies supply well over 90 per cent of the market for tobacco products in Australia, including all of the major brands.

“This kind of interaction between all of the major competitors raises competition concerns, especially in such a highly concentrated market,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.