Submission on Market Study into the grocery sector
Posted August 26, 2021
- The Salvation Army welcomes the draft report of the Market Study into the grocery sector. It provides an evidence base from which robust sector regulatory reforms can be made. The report’s findings align with the experience and analysis of the people and communities The Salvation Army works with.
- Reforms to increase competition in the market will not, on their own, bring more competitive pricing or affordable access to basic food for those on low incomes. Further work is needed to identify specific ways the market regulator can ensure changes to market regulation will assist wider government wellbeing objectives to achieve greater food security and reduced hardship.
- Reforms to make it easier for new market participants to enter the wholesale and retail markets need to include creating space for community-owned initiatives focused on supporting local economies to achieve food security at affordable prices.