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Position of major interest groups The Franchise Council of Australia has expressed concern that the Exposure Draft and thus the final form of the Bill as introduced to the Parliament does not deliver on stated policy objectives, and that it: Without additional exemptions the party to a contract with a small business will always have a potential claim hanging over its head will make lenders less willing to deal with small business either directly, as loan documentation will be included, or indirectly when financing transactions does not take into consideration the fact that third parties frequently rely on, or are affected by, business contracts.
Third parties can include financiers, landlords, suppliers, franchisees, contractors and employees will create additional disputation and steer parties towards the courts rather than towards mediation and other less costly alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and will see small business excluded from business opportunities, including opportunities such as tenders and major projects which typically operate on a standard form contract basis.
We remain concerned about the additional regulatory burden on business from new compliance costs, regulatory uncertainty, the increased risk of litigation, and disincentives to use standard form contracts. Conversely, while there may be benefits to some small businesses from the changes, these are unquantified and the decision Regulation Impact Statement RIS does not demonstrate that these benefits offset the costs of the new legislation.
The enforcement of the unfair contract terms law may require regulatory resources, including use of the court system, however it is expected that the majority of complaints will be resolved administratively and not through litigation.
The function of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission ASIC is to monitor and promote market integrity and consumer protection in the Australian financial system.
As stated above, the unfair contract provisions attach to a consumer contract for a financial product or to a contract for the supply, or possible supply, of services that are financial services.
Nature of a small business contract The Bill amends Part 2 of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act by adding a new class of contract; a small business contract.
In doing so, the Minister must consider any detriment to businesses of that kind resulting from prescribing the law, the impact on business generally resulting from prescribing the law and the public interest. Application of the Bill The amendments to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act which are contained in the Bill apply to contracts that are entered into on, or after, the commencement of those provisions.
In that case, the unfair contract protections will apply on and from the date of the renewal or variation.
The amendments extend to both the body of the Act and to Schedule 2 to the Act which contains the Australian Consumer Law.
The amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act are in near equivalent terms to those in the Australian Securities and Investments Act, so that: The amount limits for the upfront price payable under the contract are also the same.
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However, for a small business contract under the Competition and Consumer Act the amount of the upfront price payable will include any interest payable under the contract the unfair contract protections will not apply where a prescribed law of the Commonwealth, a state or a territory applies to the small business contract  before a regulation is made so prescribing a lawthe Commonwealth Minister must be satisfied that the law provides enforceable protections for businesses employing fewer than 20 persons equivalent to those provided by the Bill.
In doing so, the Commonwealth Minister  must consider any detriment to businesses of that kind resulting from prescribing the law, the impact on business generally resulting from prescribing the law and the public interest  and a court may declare that a term of a small business contract that is a standard form contract is an unfair term upon application from a party to the contract or the regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Application of the Bill The amendments by the Bill to the Competition and Consumer Act apply to contracts that are entered into on or after the commencement of those provisions.
The Financial Ombudsman Service recommends that, to ensure that the protections afforded to small business are applied consistently, the Bill should use the existing definition. For example an agency or dealer agreement may provide for a range of payments for different goods and services under the contract including a licence fee, advertising support fees and commission payments and second, it is not clear how the upfront price concept is intended to apply in circumstances where the total value of payments expected to be made under a contract is dependent upon the level of goods or services supplied or acquired under that contract.
This is because the upfront price of a contract or the unit price of a good or service may be low, but regular payments made over the contract period may make it a high-value contract.
Any notion that small business to small business contracts should be regulated should be emphatically ruled out. The only justification for regulating business to business contracts is an assessment that there is some aspect of market failure, such as an imbalance in bargaining power.
We are unaware of any evidence that suggests that there is a market failure in markets where small businesses are dealing with small businesses. Key issue—financial products and services The amendments to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission Act in relation to financial products and services provided to small business were not well received by stakeholders in the finance industry.
Because banks are subject to prudential oversight by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority APRAthere are special terms and conditions which are required to be included in credit contracts by the regulator.
Key issue—operation of the exclusions The exclusion of the unfair contract protections from small business contracts to which a prescribed law of the Commonwealth, a state or a territory applies is particularly relevant to the Competition and Consumer Act.
Currently Part IVB of that Act contains the definitions of industry code  and mandatory industry code.
While each of the Codes is stated to be for the purpose of regulating "conduct" between participants in the applicable industries, what they in fact regulate is the dealings between parties to specified contracts.
For example, the Franchising Code and the Oil Code each stipulate requirements or restrictions on the terms of respectively franchise agreements and fuel re-selling agreements in relation to conditions affecting assignment, termination, dispute resolution, limitations of liability and the conduct of marketing or cooperative funds; the Horticulture Code stipulates specific requirements for the terms of trade offered by traders and the provisions of horticulture produce agreements.
This is particularly the case in areas that cross-over with other regulated contractual relationships, most notably in the case of retail leases and franchise agreements.Bloomberg Tradebook Australia Pty Limited.
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