ACCC authorises collective bargaining by retail tenants

The ACCC has issued two final determinations granting conditional authorisation to the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) and the National Retail Association (NRA) and other participating industry associations.

The ARA and NRA each requested authorisation to enable their tenant members who have been adversely affected by the COVID‑19 pandemic to collectively negotiate with landlords regarding the support to be provided to tenants by landlords. The NRA also requested authorisation for NRA landlord members to co-ordinate the provision of rent relief to their small and medium enterprise tenants. Neither authorisation permits the sharing of sensitive rent information.

The ACCC has granted authorisation until 1 September 2021 for both applications. Authorisation is subject to certain reporting obligations.

Further information about the ACCC’s determination is available on the ACCC public register at Australian Retailers Association and National Retail Association respectively.


Published date: 
6 August 2020