• The ACCC proposes to allow St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney to join other members of the St Vincent’s Health Australia Group (these other members being related bodies corporate) in the collective and joint activity of the group, effectively enabling them to operate as a single economic entity.
  • The ACCC granted interim authorisation to the Victorian Potato Growers Council (comprising 289 Victorian potato growers) and its members to continue to collectively negotiate contracts and keep doing business through contracts negotiated under the previous authorisation granted in 2007.
  • The ACCC is consulting on its draft determination granting conditional authorisation to prospective members of the Private Hospital Collective Bargaining Group (PHCBG) to bargain collectively with suppliers and health funds.  The ACCC proposes placing a condition limiting the size of the bargaining group to 50 hospitals with no more than ten hospitals in any one state or territory.
  • The ACCC granted interim authorisation to allow Cockatoo Coal and Stanmore Coal to commence collective negotiations with the Surat Basin Rail joint venture.  Access to the Surat Basin Rail Line is necessary for coal to be transported to the new Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal being built at the Port of Gladstone, QLD.
  • The ACCC authorised truck owner drivers in Queensland to bargain as a group with car carrier CEVA over contract terms, with Transport Workers’ Union assistance.
  • The ACCC authorised the Lottery Agents’ Association of Tasmania and its current and future members to collectively bargain with Tatts Group and Intralot Australia Pty Ltd for five years.
  • The ACCC authorised SA broiler chicken growers to collectively bargain with Inghams for ten years.