02 November 2016

ACCC release report revealing ineffectiveness of the Horticulture Code of Conduct

MEDIA RELEASE - ACCC

ACCC report identifies competition and fair trading issues in horticulture and viticulture

27 October 2016

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report into the competition and fair trading issues facing the horticulture and viticulture industries has identified a number of areas of concern, particularly about the Horticulture Code of Conduct.

“The report, which follows a series of workshops held around regional Australia, reflects the views of growers and the broader industries. Despite the diversity of markets in horticulture and viticulture, there were a number of common concerns,” ACCC Commissioner Mick Keogh said.

Key issues raised by stakeholders included:

  • The ineffectiveness of the current Horticulture Code of Conduct.
  • Concerns about late and non-payment of growers by wholesalers.
  • A fear of raising complaints due to concerns about retribution.
  • Uncertainty in contracting practices across both industries.

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