Under the Small Business Commissioner Act 2011 the South Australian Government has given the Small Business Commissioner the task of developing prescribed industry codes of conduct under the Fair Trading Act 1987. The first of these codes prepared by the Small Business Commissioner and Deputy Small Business Commissioner was the Fair Trading (Farming Industry Dispute Resolution Code)Regulations 2013 known as the Farming Industry Dispute Resolution Code.
The development of industry codes is in line with the Government’s intention to create a fairer and more competitive small business sector. The Code is a national first, and it gives South Australian farming participants the ability to access an enforceable mandatory dispute resolution framework to assist in dealing with a wide range of business to business disputes, as well as business to Local or State Government.
The then Minister for Small Business, Hon Tom Kenyon MP sought feedback from industry and small business in relation to the draft regulation before it was passed as law on 5 December 2013.
Please click on the link below to download the Farming Industry Dispute Resolution Code and additional information -
An Overview of the Farming Code (763 kb, PDF)
Where a farming participant seeks to have a dispute resolved under the Fair Trading (Farming Industry Dispute Resolution Code) Regulation 2013, a written application must first be submitted to the Office of the Small Business Commissioner.
The written application may be sent electronically via the Lodge a Farming Dispute Form here, or print the following Application to Lodge a Dispute form -
Application to Lodge a Dispute form (54 kb, PDF)
Send the completed form and copies of supporting documentation to the Office via -
Fax: 08 8303 0943, or
Post to -
Office of the Small Business Commissioner
GPO Box 1264
ADELAIDE SA 5001
For further enquiries, please contact the Office of the Small Business Commissioner on toll free 1800 072 722 or 08 8303 2026.