In November 2020 we commenced a year-long study to look at whether competition in the grocery sector is working well, and if not, what can be done to improve it.
In ordering the study, the Government asked the Commission to look at a range of things including:
how retailers deal with their suppliers such as manufacturers, producers, farmers and growers
competition at the supplier level of the grocery market
who consumers buy groceries from and who supplies those retailers
competition between retailers when selling groceries to consumers
what retailers charge consumers for groceries and how they decide on their prices, as well as the associated levels of service, product ranges and quality of groceries.
The full terms of reference for the study can be found here.
Outcomes of the Commission’s work may range from a ‘clean bill of health’ for the sector to recommendations to industry and/or the Government for changes to make competition in the market work better.
The Commission is due to release its draft report for consultation in mid-2021 and a final report to Government by 23 November 2021.
Preliminary Issues Paper
On 10 December 2020, we released our Preliminary Issues paper. The paper outlines the preliminary issues we may explore and the proposed scope for the study.
Submissions on the paper have now closed. The paper and submissions received on it can be downloaded from the ‘Documents’ tab below.
How the Commission conducts the study
We are gathering information from a range of stakeholders including grocery retailers, suppliers, farmers, growers, wholesalers, importers, consumer organisations, consumers, and potential new competitors.
Our market study guidelines describe our general processes to all market studies, including our approach to confidential information and our information gathering powers.
We understand that some of the information stakeholders may want to share with us could be commercially sensitive and highly confidential. Anyone who has information relevant to the study can ask us to keep their identity and/or the information provided confidential and we can discuss any available protections with them.
If confidentiality is a concern, it should be raised when people first contact us so we can discuss their concerns as early as possible.
We will be seeking feedback from interested stakeholders throughout the study.
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Information relating to the study, including our Statement of Process paper, Preliminary Issues paper, submissions, media releases, our draft report, and a timeline for our current and planned consultation steps will be available through the links below.
Note: Dates shown below are indicative only and subject to change. A further update on planned dates for release of the Draft report will be provided closer to its release.
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Note: these dates are indicative only and are subject to change.