On 5 December 2012, the Assistant Treasurer, the Hon David Bradbury MP released exposure drafts of the Commonwealth's proposed amendments to the single pricing ("component pricing") requirements in the Australian Consumer Law for restaurant and cafés. The exposure drafts comprise of draft amendments to the Australian Consumer Law in Schedule 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and draft amendments to the Competition and Consumer Regulations 2010.
These proposed amendments give effect to the Australian Government's response to a recommendation of the Productivity Commission (PC) in its 2010 Annual Review of Regulatory Burdens on Business: Business and Consumer Service (Report). The PC had recommended that "The Australian Government should amend the Trade Practices Act 1974 to have restaurant and café menu surcharges for specific days placed outside the scope of the component pricing provision of that legislation." A copy of the PC's Report is available on the PC's website.
On 1 January 2011, the Trade Practices Act 1974 was renamed the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, and the component pricing provision is now located in the Australian Consumer Law.