Authorisations

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.

ACCC reauthorises brick levy to help with bricklayer shortage

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation to the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF), Think Brick Australia and the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia to continue to apply a small levy on the sale of clay brick and concrete masonry products.

The funds raised will support programmes to address shortages of trained bricklayers by promoting bricklaying apprenticeships to school leavers and bricklayers, and assisting apprentices to complete their training.

ACCC allows NSW poultry growers to collectively bargain

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation to enable members of the NSW Farmers’ Association who grow chicken, turkey and duck meat, to collectively bargain with processors.

Under the collective bargaining arrangements, poultry growers will form common interest ‘grower groups’ to collectively bargain the terms and conditions of contracts with the relevant poultry processor.