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 is undertaking consultation on the draft report to test its recommendations and findings with the industry and other stakeholders. Submissions on the draft report are due by 1 August 2018.
Comments provided as part of this consultation will inform the refinement of the report, including its recommendations and findings. The report will then be finalised and presented to the Government in September 2018.
You can submit responses to this consultation up until 1 August 2018.
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 stakeholder submissions and feedback to the Review is treated as confidential and will not be made public. Submissions that explicitly state consent to be released publically will be published below. Stakeholders are welcome to publish their submissions to the Review via their own platform.
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:
Food and Grocery Code of Conduct Review
PARKES ACT 2600
No submissions are currently available.