GROCERYchoice Website

GROCERYchoice Website

18 November 2009

© Commonwealth of Australia 2009
ISBN 978-1-74229-168-0

View the report as a single document - (PDF 4522KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Membership of Committee (PDF 43KB)
Executive Summary (PDF 19KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction and background (PDF 21KB)

Terms of reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of the report

Chapter 2 - The ACCC's GROCERYchoice website (PDF 187KB)

Launch of the GROCERYchoice website
Evidence of the website's effect on grocery prices
Value of the website to consumers
Committee view
Data collection - Informed Sources and Retail*Facts
Committee view

Chapter 3 - The website's transfer to CHOICE (PDF 96KB)

Rationale for the ACCC ceasing to manage and operate the website
CHOICE's proposal to the Government
Events leading to the GROCERYchoice contract termination
A possible industry-run website?
Committee view

Chapter 4 - Issues and problems faced by CHOICE (PDF 59KB)

Survey methodology
Collecting price data
Cooperation from retailers
Cooperation from government

Chapter 5 - Concerns of the grocery retailers (PDF 105KB)

The ACCC website
Committee view
Committee view
The CHOICE website

Chapter 6 - Legal issues and trade practices concerns (PDF 53KB)

Should CHOICE have been allowed to take on GROCERYchoice?
Price accuracy and 'bait advertising'
ANRA's role in the GROCERYchoice negotiations
Committee view

Chapter 7 - Methods for comparison of grocery prices (PDF 32KB)

Participatory price sensing

Chapter 8 - The value and effectiveness of GROCERYchoice (PDF 50KB)

Relevance to consumers
Price transparency
An anti-competitive effect? 
Committee view

Labor Senators Dissenting Report (PDF 77KB)

History of GROCERYchoice
Criticisms of GROCERYchoice
Government Measures So Far to Improve Competition in the Sector
Emergence of New Technology

Additional Comments by Senator Xenophon (PDF 105KB)

Consumer behaviour
Implementation of GROCERYchoice
Limitations of GROCERYchoice

Submissions Received
Additional Information Received
APPENDIX 2 - Public Hearing and Witnesses (PDF 12KB)
APPENDIX 3 - schedule of Payments under the Grocerychoice contract to date (4 Nov 09) (PDF 43KB)

Treatment of GST

APPENDIX 4 - GROCERYchoice Website Contract* (PDF 3457KB)
APPENDIX 5 - GROCERYchoice subcontract arrangements (PDF 23KB)
APPENDIX 6 - 'Choice' Like for like product matching* (PDF 109KB)
APPENDIX 7 - 'Choice' Memorandum of Understanding 2009* (PDF 146KB)

*PDF Format Only

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Economics
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3540
Fax: +61 2 6277 5719