Authorisations

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.

ACCC proposes to reauthorise collective bargaining by Victorian lottery agents

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft determination proposing to reauthorise the Lottery Agents Association of Victoria to collectively bargain on behalf of its members with Victorian lotteries providers for ten years.

The authorisation covers collective negotiations with Tattersall’s Sweeps Pty Ltd (Tatts), Intralot Australia Pty Ltd (Intralot) and any other public lottery provider who may become licensed to operate a public lottery in Victoria during the term of the authorisation.

ACCC grants authorisation to Melbourne councils for joint organic waste tender

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation for Metropolitan Melbourne Waste Management Group and eight metropolitan Melbourne councils to jointly tender and enter into contracts for the supply of organic waste processing services.

The councils are Bayside City Council, Cardinia Shire Council, Casey City Council, Frankston City Council, Glen Eira City Council, Greater Dandenong City Council, Kingston City Council and Monash City Council.

ACCC grants authorisation for construction of affordable housing

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has granted authorisation for Renewal SA to sell a section of a development site in Bowden, South Australia to Investec.

The authorisation is granted on the condition that 40 per cent of the dwellings are developed as ‘affordable housing’ supplied at below market rates.

This housing is to be made available to people in the ‘moderate’ income category who are often employed in health care, social services and administrative support occupations.

ACCC proposes to reauthorise ATM sub-network fee free agreement

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has proposed to reauthorise an agreement between members of the FeeSmart ATM sub-network to not charge each other’s cardholders a fee for transactions at ATMs owned by members.

Since 2009, the Reserve Bank of Australia’s reforms to Australia’s ATM system meant that customers can be charged directly by ATM operators for withdrawals. Most banks do not charge their own cardholders for withdrawals.

ACCC authorises plant breeders' collective bargaining arrangements

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a determination that allows royalty managers for plant breeders to collectively negotiate with the grain buyers they engage to collect royalties on their behalf.

The authorisation allows Seedvise, as an agent for royalty managers, to enter into collective negotiations with individual grain buyers.

Under the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act 1994, plant breeders are able to register their grain varieties to protect the intellectual property associated with variety research and development.

ACCC requires improved dispute resolution in performing rights arrangements

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has reauthorised the Australasian Performing Right Association’s (APRA) arrangements for the acquisition and licensing of performing rights in music, subject to certain conditions.

APRA holds the rights for the performance of almost all music in Australia.  A large number of businesses, including retail businesses, hospitality venues and broadcasters, must purchase a licence from APRA to broadcast music.  APRA collects and distributes the royalties to its member composers, songwriters and music publishers.