11 November 2022

Digital platform services inquiry 2020-25

On 11 November 2022, the ACCC released the fifth interim report for the Digital Platform Services inquiry. The ACCC has recommended a range of new measures to address harms from digital platforms to Australian consumers, small businesses and competition.

ACCC calls for new competition and consumer laws for digital platforms

The ACCC has recommended a range of new measures to address harms from digital platforms to Australian consumers, small businesses and competition.

Business Basic Grants return with $5M to assist Queensland small businesses

The Palaszczuk Government has announced a new round of its popular Business Basics grants will open soon, with $5 million available to small businesses.

Acting President appointed to the Fair Work Commission

Today I announce the appointment of Adam Hatcher SC as the Acting President to the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

Driver licence numbers safeguarded by verification change

The Palaszczuk Government is safeguarding Queensland drivers’ licences, with the introduction of the two-factor verification system.

Extended retail trading hours to increase Christmas convenience

Western Australian shoppers are being urged by the State Government to be cyber safe this Christmas by being vigilant to scams while shopping online.

COMPETITION AND CONSUMER (INDUSTRY CODES-FRANCHISING) AMENDMENT (ADDITIONAL INFORMATION) REGULATIONS

This instrument amends the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes-Franchising) Regulation 2014 to correct a number of minor issues recognised after the recent establishment of the Register. This includes ensuring the Secretary may, by legislative instrument, determine the additional information franchisors must provide for inclusion on the Register, and additional information or documents that may be removed from the Register, ensuring a franchisor’s logo can be included on the Register, and clarifying when a franchisor is required to provide information for inclusion in the Register on an ongoing basis. 

Protecting your business from scams

The ACCC is urging all small businesses to protect their information when using digital and online tools.