Authorisations

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.

ACCC re-authorises Qantas – American Airlines Alliance

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a final determination re-authorising Qantas (ASX: QAN) and American Airlines to continue to coordinate their operations on trans-Pacific routes for a further five years.

Under the alliance, the airlines will continue coordination in respect of marketing and sales, freight, pricing, scheduling, distribution strategies including agency arrangements, yield and inventory management, frequent flyer programs, lounges, joint procurement, and product and service standards.

ACCC proposes to conditionally authorise Queensland LNG producers to coordinate their maintenance schedules

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing 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 proposes to grant authorisation for five years, subject to a condition.

The ACCC has also granted conditional interim authorisation to allow the LNG producers to discuss their plans for maintenance at each facility in the second half of 2016.

ACCC re-authorises Virgin-Etihad Alliance

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has re-authorised Virgin Australia (ASX: VAH) and Etihad Airways to continue their existing air transport services international alliance, which operates between Australia and the Middle East, for a further five years.

Under the Alliance, the airlines cooperate on joint pricing and scheduling of services across their networks. Virgin and Etihad will not share revenue under the Alliance.

ACCC authorises system to facilitate credit reporting

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation for five years to the Australian Retail Credit Association Ltd (ARCA) in relation to principles for exchanging comprehensive consumer credit data between signatory credit reporting bodies and lenders.

ARCA represents lenders and credit reporting bodies in Australia and has developed the principles in a process involving its members and industry since July 2013. This follows reforms to the Privacy Act which expand the type of consumer credit information that can now be shared.