Authorisations

Manning Valley Dairy farmers to collectively bargain with Woolworths

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has decided to allow seven dairy farmers from Manning Valley in New South Wales to collectively bargain with Woolworths and Milk2Market for 3 years.

“Collective bargaining arrangements can result in public benefits through transaction cost savings, providing participants with better access to market information and by allowing small businesses to have greater input into contractual terms and conditions, leading to more efficient outcomes,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.

ACCC grants interim authorisation for inner Sydney councils

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted interim authorisation to a number of inner Sydney councils (Burwood Council, Ashfield Council, Auburn Council, City of Canada Bay Council, Leichhardt Council and Strathfield Council) to enable the councils to request and evaluate new tenders for the processing of dry recycling material within the Sydney metropolitan area.

About mergers

Mergers and acquisitions can be important for the efficient functioning of the economy. However, the Competition and Consumer Act prohibits those mergers that would have the effect, or be likely to have the effect, of substantially lessening competition in a market.

Fees & forms

Your application for authorisation or notification should be in a form approved by the ACCC and accompanied by the relevant fee unless a waiver is in place.

Notification

Notification is an alternative process to authorisation that is available where parties propose to engage in small business collective bargaining, exclusive dealing or resale price maintenance.

Applying for authorisation

Authorisation is a public process which commences once a valid application is lodged. The ACCC must issue a final determination in writing either granting or dismissing an application for authorisation (of non-merger conduct) within six months of receiving a valid application, unless extended.