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The Australian Lottery and Newsagents’ Association (ALNA) is the peak industry body representing Australian newsagencies and lottery agents. There are 4000 individually owned and operated newsagencies in the country and together they make up Australia's largest retail and home delivery group.
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ALNA Membership

Through strength and size, the ALNA has the necessary means to achieve outcomes difficult to achieve by a single business.

For just $876 per annum*, your ALNA membership gives you access to industry representation, complimentary advice on industrial relations and leasing matters, discounts on insurance, access to accredited industry training courses, and so much more.

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*Membership prices vary by state. Membership fee is capped at $876 per annum.

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ACCC re-authorises newsagents to collectively bargain

On Friday 1 August, 2014 the ACCC granted the Australian Newsagents' Federation authorisation to collectively bargain on behalf of its current and future members. The ACCC have determined that the ANF will operate under this authorisation until 22 August 2024.

The previous authorisation was for a period of five years and allowed the ANF to collectively bargain with publishers and distributors, these were referred to as 'authorisation targets'. The terminology has changed and these targets are now referred to as counterparties.

Prior to lodging an application for the revocation of authorisation A91134 and the substitution of authorisation A91407 for the one revoked (re-authorisation) on 3 February, 2014 the ANF identified the need to diversify the range of counterparties to accommodate the changes our industry will experience over the life of this authorisation.

As a result of this forward planning the ANF included 104 counterparties covering 17 different areas of our members business.

  • Insurance brokers
  • New business opportunities
  • Phone cards
  • Greeting cards & wrap
  • Stationery
  • Banks
  • Publishers
  • Distributors
  • Marketing group/ franchisors
  • Tobacco
  • Confectionery
  • Shopfitters
  • POS providers
  • Electricity providers
  • Service stations
  • Transport companies
  • ATM service providers

New counterparties can be added to this list any time over the life of the authorisation should they decide to be included.

"Importantly, participation in the collective bargaining arrangements will be voluntary. If a newsagent wishes to deal directly with a supplier they remain free to do so. Suppliers can also deal directly with newsagents," ACCC Commissioner Dr Jill Walker said.

Authorisation provides immunity from court action for conduct that might otherwise raise concerns under the competition provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

The authorisation will allow the ANF to represent members in negotiations concerning the following matters. (The sector the counterparty belongs to determines which of these matters can be collectively negotiated)

  • Price of product
  • Terms of supply
  • Settlement discounts
  • Product development
  • Joint advertising and marketing
  • Distribution
  • Termination rights
  • Supply contracts generally

In the absence of authorisation newsagents are offered standard form contracts on a 'take it or leave it' basis and that these contracts are weighted in favour of the supplier.

Alf Maccioni, ANF CEO, highlighted to the ACCC that the likely benefits to our members would include transaction cost savings, improved input into contracts, improved retail competition by newsagents and that there would be a positive flow-on effect which will result in a likely benefit to our customers.

The ANF has already received congratulations and acknowledgements from industry suppliers such as this correspondence from Jason McLeod, COO GNS Wholesaler Stationers.

"Well done on continually pursuing the collective approach for newsagents. Think what opportunities would be realised for our industry if all newsagents, not just ANF members, gave the ANF their collective support.

"I just wanted to take the time in acknowledging the work you guys are doing. Congratulations!"

Jason understands the importance for each individual newsagent to speak with one voice through membership of their industry association.

This determination was made on 1 August, 2014 and if there is no application for review it will come into force on 23 August, 2014.

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