Authorisations

ACCC proposes to grant authorisation to Jewellers Association to establish a retail tenancies database

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to the Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA) and its current and future members to establish a retail tenancy database.

Authorisation is proposed to be granted for a period of five years.

ACCC allows Catholic health providers to collectively bargain with Funding Organisations and suppliers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation to the Catholic Negotiating Alliance (CNA), a network of nine hospital and aged care service providers, to collectively negotiate with Funding Organisations (including private health funds) and suppliers of various goods and services.

These goods and services include medical goods, cleaning, catering, banking and energy. CNA members can also share aggregated information for benchmarking to aid ongoing performance improvements.

ACCC allows new levy to combat oyster mortality syndrome

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted interim authorisation for Australian Seafood Industries (ASI) to collect a levy, in conjunction with hatcheries, on the purchase of Pacific oyster spat.

The levy will enable ASI to undertake research into developing spat with resistance to the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS), which has a 90-100 per cent mortality rate in infected Pacific oysters.

ACCC proposes to grant authorisation to owner drivers to collectively bargain with Toll

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to owner driver members of the Transport Workers’ Union in Queensland to engage in collective bargaining with Toll for air freight courier transport services.

The application relates to owner drivers engaged by Toll in Queensland who provide freight services from the Toll Priority Brisbane depot located near Brisbane Airport.

ACCC proposes to re-authorise collective bargaining by TAB Agents Association of NSW

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to re-authorise the TAB Agents Association of NSW (Association) to collectively bargain on behalf of its members with TAB Limited (Tabcorp) for ten years. The Association currently has 164 specialised TAB agents appointed by Tabcorp.

ACCC re-authorises collective bargaining by Victorian Newsagents

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has authorised the Victorian Association of Newsagents (VANA) to continue to negotiate on behalf of its members. The ten year authorisation covers collective negotiations with six major newspaper and magazine publishers.

VANA has around 460 member newsagents across Victoria, which represents around 65 per cent of all Victorian newsagents. VANA currently negotiates with a variety of magazine and newspaper publishers on behalf of its members.

ACCC proposes to grant authorisation to Perth councils for joint waste tender

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation for the Cities of Wanneroo, Joondalup and Swan to jointly tender and enter into contracts for the supply of services to process dry commingled recyclables collected by them through their yellow lid kerbside collection service.

“The ACCC considers that having the council’s combine to tender for these services is likely to be more efficient than each council running their own separate tender,” ACCC Commissioner Jill Walker said.