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Greenwashing, Digital Advertising and Platform Issues, Financial Services and Consumer Guarantees: What the ACCC’s 2022/23 Priorities Mean for Your Business

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has just published its compliance and enforcement priorities for FY 2022/23. For the first time, the ACCC has aligned its annual priorities to the financial year. It promises to be a significant year with the ACCC's leadership changing, with the baton soon to be passed from the outgoing Chair, Rod Sims (who has been at the ACCC's helm for over a decade), to the incoming and first female Chair, Gina Cass-Gottlieb, in late March 2022.

To help businesses digest the implication of the ACCC's priorities quickly and efficiently in this unique paradigm, we have prepared a one page summary that highlights the ACCC's most pressing consumer and competition law priorities and key 'to do's' for businesses (click here). The ACCC also continues to focus on enduring issues including cartel enforcement. 

The primary priorities of the ACCC are:

CONSUMER LAW

Environmental claims and sustainability (which top the ACCC's focus), manipulative/deceptive digital advertising and compliance with consumer guarantees.

COMPETITION LAW

Anti-competitive conduct in the financial services sector, enforcement issues relating to digital platforms and supply chain related issues are at the forefront of the ACCC's mind.

James Gray contributed to this article.

Copyright 2022 K & L GatesNational Law Review, Volume XII, Number 67
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Ayman Guirguis, KL Gates, Australian Competition Lawyer, Consumer Commission attorney
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Mr. Guirguis advises clients on all aspects of antitrust/competition law as well as consumer law.

He has a wealth of experience advising clients on merger clearance, joint ventures and on supply chain arrangements between suppliers and customers.

Mr. Guirguis regularly advises on, and responds to, regulatory investigations by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) alleging cartel conduct (price fixing, market sharing or bid rigging), including making immunity and leniency applications, competitor...

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Jessica Mandla, KL Gates Law Firm, Law Graduate
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Jessica Mandla is a Law Graduate at KL Gates Law Firm.

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Mei Gong Lawyer Sydney Antitrust, Competition & Trade Regulation
Lawyer

Ms. Gong advises clients on all aspects of competition law and consumer law.

Ms. Gong adopts a proactive, focused and client oriented approach to her work. She is passionate about achieving optimal and timely commercial outcomes for clients and assisting them with navigating regulatory barriers, and in particular, matters involving the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Ms. Gong has experience advising clients on:

  • merger clearance

  • cartel investigations

  • authorisations

  • consumer guarantees...

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Thomas Shaw Senior Associate Attorney Sydney Antitrust Trade K&L Gates LLP
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Thomas Shaw joins the Antitrust, Competition, and Trade Regulation team in the Sydney office. 

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