ACCC commissioner Mick Keogh announced the launch of the tool on Thursday while addressing the Horticulture Branch of the NSW Farmers Association but said farmers in the horticulture and viticulture industries “have expressed concerns about potential retribution from others in the supply chain if they contact the ACCC”.
“This easy-to-use, secure and anonymous channel allows farmers to report potential breaches of laws the ACCC enforces. This could include, for example, suspected breaches of the new Horticulture Code of Conduct.
“People can now contact our agriculture team from any Web-enabled device such as a PC, smart phone, laptop or tablet. The tool encrypts the information and removes the person’s IP address so their identity is kept anonymous. The ACCC won’t know who is contacting us.”
The ACCC says it will use the information it receives to form the basis of potential investigations into the conduct reported to them.
“I encourage anyone in the agriculture sector with concerns about negative consequences from contacting the ACCC about fair trading or competition issues to use this new tool,” Keogh said.
To access the ACCC’s new tool click here.