On 2 July 2018 the Review released its draft report for public consultation. The report is a comprehensive overview of the Grocery Code that has been informed by the Review’s initial public consultations. The draft report makes a total of 14 recommendations to ensure the Grocery Code continues working effectively for the food and grocery industry.
Key recommendations include:
- calling for all significant wholesalers and retails to be bound by the Grocery Code, including Metcash Ltd (the only national wholesaler), to create further cultural change;
- strengthening and elevating the good faith provision to allow for a greater application of fairness to be considered; and
- enhancing the role of the code compliance manager (a key feature of dispute resolution under the Grocery Code) to become an independent adjudicator to address suppliers’ fear of retribution for making a complaint against a signatory.
The Review undertook consultation on the draft report to test its recommendations and findings with the industry and other stakeholders. Submissions on the draft report closed on 1 August 2018.
Comments received as part of the consultation process were considered by the Review to help refine the report, including its recommendations and findings.