Rural Doctors provisionally given green light to negotiate

The ACCC proposes to allow the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) to negotiate contracts with hospitals and health facilities on behalf of rural doctors.

The authorisation will allow RDAA to negotiate terms and conditions for GPs, locums and other rural doctors who work as Visiting Medical Officers in public hospitals and health facilities. It also applies to doctors who provide primary health care services, including after-hours services.

ACCC proposes to authorise agreements to promote affordable housing

The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to authorise SA Housing Authority and Renewal SA to enter into arrangements with land and property developers to increase the supply of affordable housing in the greater metropolitan region of Adelaide.

The government of South Australia has set a goal that 15 per cent of all new significant developments should be available as affordable housing.

Code for ethical treatment of clothing workers reauthorised

Ethical Clothing Australia’s Homeworkers Code of Practice, which helps reduce the exploitation of textile, clothing and footwear (TCF) workers in Australia, has been reauthorised by the ACCC for a further ten years.

The Code imposes obligations on participants in the supply chain to demonstrate that they provide award wages and conditions to textile, clothing and footwear workers.

ACCC allows variations to access undertaking for AAT terminals

The ACCC has agreed to variations proposed by Australian Amalgamated Terminals Pty Ltd (AAT) and Qube Holdings Limited (Qube, ASX: QUB) to their 2016 undertaking to the ACCC.

The ACCC agreed, for a limited three-year period, to remove the open access conditions for AAT’s Appleton Dock general cargo facility at the Port of Melbourne, in relation to arrangements between AAT and shipping lines when AAT contracts directly with those shipping lines.