Tell ACCC about your dairy trade ex­pe­ri­ence

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THE Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion says its dairy in­dus­try in­quiry will ex­am­ine com­pe­ti­tion be­tween milk pro­ces­sors, con­tracts be­tween pro­ces­sors and farm­ers, global sup­ply mar­kets, and the prof­itabil­ity of dairy farms.

In its Dairy In­quiry Is­sues Pa­per pub­lished Tues­day, the ACCC has laid out the key is­sues it will look at as part of its 12-month in­quiry, which it has been di­rected to carry out by the Aus­tralian Govern­ment.

“The ACCC is seek­ing feed­back from in­ter­ested par­ties on is­sues across all prod­uct and ge­o­graph­i­cal mar­kets in the Aus­tralian dairy in­dus­try. This in­quiry will closely ex­am­ine the key com­pe­ti­tion and fair trad­ing is­sues af­fect­ing the dairy in­dus­try,” ACCC Chair­man Rod Sims said.

“As a for­mal in­quiry, the ACCC will also have the abil­ity to com­pel in­for­ma­tion from par­ties in­clud­ing pro­ces­sors and re­tail­ers. Our aim is to present a really clear pic­ture of the is­sues fac­ing the mar­ket to­day, and make any rec­om­men­da­tions to en­sure it re­mains fair and com­pet­i­tive.”

Key is­sues in­clude:

■ Com­pe­ti­tion be­tween milk pro­ces­sors

■ Con­tract­ing prac­tices

■ The avail­abil­ity of price and other mar­ket in­for­ma­tion

■ The ef­fect of pri­vate la­bel prod­ucts, in­clud­ing pric­ing, on the in­dus­try

■ Op­tions for sup­ply into global mar­kets

■ The key fac­tors in­flu­enc­ing the prof­itabil­ity of dairy farms.

“The ACCC will hold pub­lic fo­rums in a num­ber of dairy pro­duc­ing re­gions so we can speak with dairy farm­ers about their con­cerns, and we will re­lease fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about these fo­rums in the com­ing months,” ACCC Com­mis­sioner Mick Keogh said.

The ACCC must pro­vide its fi­nal re­port to the Trea­surer by Novem­ber 1, 2017.

The Is­sues Pa­per, Terms of Ref­er­ence and more are avail­able at accc.gov.au.

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