Council Solutions Application for Authorisation AA1000414

Business SA has provided a response to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission regarding an application by Council Solutions to jointly procure waste services. The ACCC invited Business SA, as an interested party, to comment on Council Solutions’ application. Business SA recognised some economic benefit could be achieved by Adelaide City Council and the Cities of Charles Sturt, Marion, and Port Adelaide Enfield jointly procuring waste collection services. However, we also noted certain elements could harm competition in the market. Our submission identified both positive and negative outcomes for the benefit of the ACCC.

Business SA lobbies on behalf of members to ensure the voice of South Australian business is heard and that we achieve the best environment in which to do business. A significant part of that lobbying effort is through written submissions we make to all levels of government and other organisations such as utility companies, either in response to formal reviews of for example, legislation, or proactively where we wish to progress a particular issue not high enough on the government’s agenda. This might include submissions before the State Budget or where say, the government is reviewing options to reduce red-tape. We also make regular submissions to the Fair Work Commission to advocate the interests of our members with respect to Modern Awards and other industrial matters.

Business SA’s policy team relies heavily on member input into our submissions to ensure that we have the most comprehensive and current perspective from members for any position we take on your behalf. So if you are asked to complete a survey, speak with a policy team member on the phone or participate in a member forum, we appreciate your involvement as it all helps to strengthen the case of business.

Council Solutions Application for Authorisation AA1000414

Date Published: May 2018

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