National Farmers' Federation

Statement on ACCC supermarket inquiry

Comments attributable to NFF President, David Jochinke 

We welcome the announcement today of an ACCC probe into the supermarkets. 

This is good news for farmers who have long called for greater transparency from the big retailers. 

It’s appropriate the ACCC lead this inquiry, using its powers to compel information to form a clear picture of paddock to plate pricing, and whether that’s fair for both farmers and consumers. 

We need the ongoing commitment of Government to act on any outcomes from this inquiry. We’ve seen past reports collect dust on shelves in Canberra. Reports and recommendations don’t make our food system fairer. We need sustained political leadership and action. 

While we await the ACCC’s findings, we call on the Government to maintain its momentum on broader competition reforms which will create a fairer policy environment for farmers. 

We congratulate the Albanese Government for taking this first step and look forward to engaging with the ACCC on behalf of our members. 

The NFF and its members have been calling for this for a long time. It shows the power of advocacy on behalf of farmers.