Authorisations

ACCC proposes to deny authorisation for banks to collectively bargain with and boycott Apple on Apple Pay

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing, on balance, to deny authorisation to the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corporation, National Australia Bank, and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank (the banks) to collectively bargain with and boycott Apple on Apple Pay.  

The banks sought authorisation to bargain with Apple on two key issues:

ACCC proposes to deny authorisation of real estate advertising collective negotiations

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to deny authorisation to Property Media Group Pty Ltd (PMG). PMG is seeking to collectively bargain and boycott suppliers of online and print real estate advertising, including realestate.com.au and domain.com.au.

PMG made the application for authorisation on behalf of itself and 170 real estate agents ranging from individual agents to representatives of large franchise groups.

ACCC continues its review of banks’ application for authorisation to collectively bargain with Apple

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is continuing to assess the applications for authorisation by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac Banking Corporation, National Australia Bank, and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank after deciding not to grant the banks’ request for interim authorisation at this early stage of its assessment process.

The banks wish to engage in collective negotiation and boycott activities with Apple in relation to its e-commerce Apple Pay platform and with other third party wallet providers in Australia.

ACCC authorises collective bargaining by chicken growers in Western Australia

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a final decision allowing members of the WA Broiler Growers Association to collectively bargain with the chicken processor they supply. Authorisation is granted for ten years.

“These collective bargaining arrangements are likely to result in transaction cost savings and give broiler growers greater say in the terms and conditions of their contracts with chicken meat processors,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

ACCC proposes to deny authorisation to APCA for 3D Secure arrangements

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to deny authorisation to the Australian Payments Clearing Association (APCA) and some of its members to mandate an industry wide security initiative using 3D Secure security measures to reduce online payments fraud.

APCA is the self-regulatory body for Australia’s payments industry. Its members include payment schemes, such as Visa and MasterCard, and banks.

ACCC re-authorises refrigerant recovery scheme

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has re-authorised Refrigerant Reclaim Australia and participants in the refrigerants industry to continue to co-operate on a scheme to recover refrigerants that threaten the environment.

The ACCC re-authorises the conduct for a further five years. Re-authorisation is subject to conditions that RRA continue to publish certain information about the scheme’s effectiveness on its website.

ACCC authorises Queensland LNG producers to coordinate their maintenance schedules

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has decided to authorise Australia Pacific LNG Pty Ltd, Gladstone LNG, and the Queensland Curtis LNG Project to discuss their maintenance schedules, maintenance providers, and maintenance techniques.  The ACCC has granted authorisation for five years, subject to a condition.