Herbert River District Cane Growers Organisation Ltd
Innisfail District Cane Growers Organisation Ltd
Mackay Canegrowers Ltd
Maryborough Canegrowers Ltd
Mossman Canegrowers Ltd
Proserpine District Cane Growers Cooperative Ltd
Queensland Cane Growers Organisation Ltd
Tableland Canegrowers Ltd
Authorisation number(s)/Date lodged
23rd September 2016
Queensland Cane Growers Organisation Ltd (Canegrowers) seeks authorisation for the collective bargaining of the terms and conditions of supply of sugarcane and making of cane supply and related contracts between sugarcane growers, processors and sugar marketers. The proposed terms include terms relating to the following matters:
a) harvesting of cane
b) delivering cane to the mill or delivery points
c) transport and handling of cane by the mill
d) acceptance and crushing of cane by the mill
e) payment to growers by the mill owner
f) forward pricing terms
g) essential terms governing the supply of GEI ('grower economic interest') sugar to the GEI sugar marketers
h) capturing the value of the by-products and related products from the sugarcane and
i) any other contracts or arrangements relating to the supply of or processing of sugar cane.
The proposed collective bargaining will be undertaken by local Canegrower organisations on behalf of their current and future members. Authorisation is sought across three levels - namely, within each growing region with local processors and marketers; across growing regions with a common processor and marketer; and across growing regions with any processor or marketer.
On 15 December 2016 the ACCC issued a draft determination proposing to grant authorisation to the proposed collective bargaining arrangements for ten years. The ACCC's draft determination is available from the Decisions link. Submissions in response to the draft determination were due by 30 January 2017.
On 10 February 2017 a pre-decision conference was held in Brisbane to discuss the draft determination. A summary of the issues discussed at the conference is available from the 'Pre-decision conference' link.
The ACCC will accept further submissions from interested parties. Submissions should be made by 24 February 2017.