Australia: The Harper heat map: Retail sector

Introduction

The Harper Review concluded on 31 March 2015. The panel reported comprehensively on the current standing of competition law and policy in Australia, and made 56 recommendations to the Federal Government for reform.

Quick snapshot

In this update, we outline the potential implications of the Harper Review recommendations for the retail sector.

Recomendation Implications for retailers (if adopted)
Reforms to planning and zoning laws 
  • more competitive land use
  • fewer barriers to market entry
  • local government discretion decreased
  • potential for more larger format retailers in areas where previously prohibited
Removal of retail trading hour restrictions