On 27 March 2019, the Government released its response to the Independent Review of the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct.
The Government is now consulting on draft amendment regulations, Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes–Food and Grocery) Amendment Regulations 2019.
The draft regulations aim to give effect to the Government response by making amendments to the Food and Grocery Code of Conduct (Code). These amendments include:
- enhancing the good faith obligations in the Code to make it clearer and more user friendly for the industry;
- strengthening the dispute resolution procedures to give suppliers more confidence in raising their complaints and having them resolved;
- prohibiting retailers or wholesalers from varying grocery supply agreements with retrospective effect under any circumstances; and
- setting limits on acceptable conduct during price rise negotiations between the parties to restore trust and cooperation between them.
Stakeholder views are sought on whether the amendments appropriately give effect to the Government response and whether there are any unintended consequences for the industry.
Public consultation will be open until 3 June 2019.
For further queries or comments on the amendments to the Code, please contact FGC@treasury.gov.au
You can submit responses to this consultation up until 03 June 2019.
Interested parties are invited to comment on this consultation.
While submissions may be lodged electronically or by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.
All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment.
Legal requirements, such as those imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may affect the confidentiality of your submission.
How To Respond
Address written submissions to:
Structural Reform Division
PARKES ACT 2600