The ACCC has analysed the performance of the dairy industry and the structural and behavioural features which contribute to this performance. The dominant picture that has emerged is one of significant imbalances in bargaining power at each level of the dairy supply chain. This begins with the relationships between retailers and dairy processors, and progresses down to the relationship between processors and farmers.
The ACCC investigated a broad range of issues that were raised by the industry. Two key concerns raised by farmers were contract and pricing practices that lacked transparency and gave processors too much power, and the impact of $1 per litre private label milk on the industry.
This is the third interim report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) inquiry (‘the Inquiry’) into gas supply arrangements in Australia. The ACCC has continued its focus on the operation of the East Coast Gas Market, where there are immediate and longer-term concerns.
The Horticulture Code of Conduct is a mandatory industry code prescribed under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The Code aims to improve the clarity and transparency of trading arrangements between growers and traders in the horticulture sector.