Cattle Council of Australia’s industry advocacy and leadership skills are to be put to good use in competition and consumer law concerns related to the agricultural sector.

CCA chief executive officer Jed Matz has been appointed for a two-year term on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Agricultural Consultative Committee.   The committee was established to provide advice and information on issues affecting the agriculture sector falling within the scope of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.   It also provides a forum for competition and consumer law concerns related to agriculture can be considered and addressed collaboratively.   The committee meetings are to be held twice a year and chaired by Agricultural Commissioner, Mick Keogh.   Members have been drawn from peak industry bodies, industry associations, and advisors.   Mr Matz said members would provide input on emerging issues or market developments of concern to the agricultural sector.

The first committee meeting is due to be held on May 27.

The ACCC’s Agricultural Enforcement and Engagement Unit is undertaking a market study of the cattle and beef sector, examining competition, efficiency, transparency and trading issues.

Submissions on the study’s issues paper close on May 6 with public consultation forums to be held in June.

Submissions are being sought on sales channels, saleyards, contract based sales, transport, closeness of processing competition, availability of services, market entry barriers and processed beef markets.

Draft findings are due to be published in September followed by a consultation period in October and the final report from the ACCC in November.


For further details contact Jed Matz on or 0407124479.