Grocery Unit Pricing Code Review

Closed 28 Feb 2019

Opened 20 Nov 2018


The Retail Grocery Industry (Unit Pricing) Code of Conduct (the Code) is a mandatory industry code of conduct prescribed under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The Code requires certain grocery retailers to use unit pricing when selling particular grocery items to consumers.

Why we are consulting

The Code was introduced on 1 July 2009 and is scheduled to sunset (lapse) on 1 October 2019, unless legislative action is taken to continue its operation.

The Government will assess the effectiveness of the Code through the consultation and, if appropriate, remake the Code before its scheduled sunset date.

What is unit pricing?

Unit pricing is a comparison tool of convenience for consumers, allowing shoppers to make accurate and timely price comparisons between different brands and sizes based on weight, volume or unit.

How can I contribute?

Consumer Survey

Members of the public can complete a short consumer survey.

The survey is designed to obtain information from the general public on: when and how you use unit prices, whether it saves you time and/or money, as well as how unit prices are displayed.

Provide a submission

Interested parties are invited to comment on this consultation. You can submit responses to this consultation up until 28 February 2019.

While submissions may be lodged by post, electronic lodgement is preferred. For accessibility reasons, please submit responses sent via email in a Word or RTF format. An additional PDF version may also be submitted.

All information (including name and address details) contained in submissions will be made available to the public on the Treasury website unless you indicate that you would like all or part of your submission to remain in confidence. Automatically generated confidentiality statements in emails do not suffice for this purpose. Respondents who would like part of their submission to remain in confidence should provide this information marked as such in a separate attachment.

Legal requirements, such as those imposed by the Freedom of Information Act 1982, may affect the confidentiality of your submission.


  • Businesses
  • Businesses - large
  • Businesses - medium
  • Businesses - small /micro
  • Consumer groups
  • Food & Grocery sector
  • Individuals
  • Industry bodies
  • Industry association


  • All interests
  • Food
  • Competition and Consumer Act
  • Consumer Law
  • Consumer Policy
  • Consumer Prices
  • Consumer Products and Retail