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Are you on the ACCC’s radar?


Posted By on 7/04/17

Christmas comes but once a year, and so does the ACCC’s list of enforcement targets. In his annual address to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), ACCC Chairman Rod Sims has revealed the ACCC’s naughty list for 2017. The ‘always on the hit list’ list The following are classified as ‘enduring priorities’ (meaning … Read more

Proposed Australian workplace law changes affecting franchisors

By Jessica McNamara (Associate) and Iain Irvine (Principal) The 7-Eleven scandal, which involved unlawful conduct by franchisees such as requiring employees to pay back a significant amount of their wages and falsely recording data, sparked a thorough investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman. Following the release of the Ombudsman’s report, the Australian government announced its … Read more

Advertising regulation and influencers – AANA revises Code of Ethics

Advertising in Australia is regulated by various laws and codes, including the Australian Association of National Advertisers (AANA) Code of Ethics. The Code is administered by the AANA, the advertising industry’s self-regulatory body. Influencer marketing has exploded in recent years, as brands seek new ways to reach target audiences and ‘tell a story’. And where … Read more

New kilojoule laws: a killer headache for food retailers?


Posted By on 6/03/17

The Food Amendment (Kilojoule Labelling Scheme and Other Matters) Act 2017 (‘Scheme’) became law in Victoria earlier this month, creating obligations on “chain food premises” and “chain supermarkets” to display kilojoule content statements on food labels and internal store displays. Retailers will glad to hear they have until July 2018 to ensure compliance with the … Read more

Why use a Heads of Agreement?

By James Lainas and David Krolikowski What is a Heads of Agreement (HOA)? An HOA is a written document that records two (or more) parties’ intentions to enter into a more comprehensive agreement in the future. It sets out the main commercial terms and other arrangements that the parties agree to include in the agreement, … Read more