Regulators switch focus in response to COVID-19

Key Australian regulators have moved to establish new initiatives and scale-back some existing programs as the COVID-19 crisis deepens.  Given the current crisis impacts both business and consumers alike, ASIC and the ACCC have prioritised their resources to ensure they are best placed to respond where necessary.  The key take-outs for businesses to consider are: … Read more

Food services franchise scorecard – ACCC unimpressed

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has revealed the key findings of its recent compliance checks of a sample of franchisors in the food services sector. The ACCC investigated 12 separate food services industry franchisors. The report outlines the following issues. 8/12 of the franchisors made it difficult to contact former franchisees The Franchising … Read more

CoOL challenge to “Australian-made” claims


Posted By on 14/11/18

There’s been a lot of coverage about country of origin labelling (CoOL) rules relating to labelling of food.  But what about complementary healthcare products? Claims about where complementary healthcare products are made or manufactured need to comply with the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).  Of course, compliance with the ACL is in addition to sponsors’ compliance … Read more

ACCC steps up country of origin prosecutions


Posted By on 12/11/18

It has been a ‘fine’ time for the ACCC this year – a fact to which Ozwear Connection (‘Ozwear’)and Birubi Art (‘Birubi’) will no doubt attest.  Both these entities have caught the attention of the regulator in relation to country of origin claims. Background Under the Australian Consumer Law (‘ACL’), businesses are prohibited from making … Read more

Collective bargaining – change is on the way

By Darrell Choong (Trainee Lawyer) and Paul Welling (Principal Solicitor) The gates of Troy have been breached!  At least, they might be soon. In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the ACCC is considering a class exemption for collective bargaining by eligible businesses, agribusinesses and franchisees.  Currently, collective bargaining is only allowed if a business … Read more