Business Law in Australia 2018-06-08T15:34:22+00:00

In every country, there are certain laws and regulation put in place that govern how businesses operate. Commerce, in general, is not left out when it comes to these laws. These laws are usually endorsed by a particular body of law and this is what business law is.

Without such laws, the world of trade would be faced with quite a number of challenges. For instance, companies would exploit their employees, there would be an evasion of tax and this would lead to reduced development, a range of harmful products would find their way into the market, and the environment would be left out.

These laws take charge of corporate contracts, that is, before approval of a certain deal is done there is confirmation if both parties agree to the terms. hiring and firing practices in various organizations are closely monitored by these commercial laws.

In Australia, business law is what has been guiding and streamlining the business practices in the country.  Here these laws are referred to as fair trading laws. They ensure that every competition in the market is healthy and that the customers are well informed about every market aspect and are fully protected from any business malpractice.

With an emphasis on competition regulation, there is the competition and consumer act.  This act promotes fair business or commercial practices, and this creates an efficient marketplace. The reason as to why this law covers the consumers is that consumer exploitation is always a negative result of unhealthy and premature competition.

This tendency to exploit consumers explains why consumer safety is given the highest priority in the country. Every service availed to any consumer is questioned by both the law and the consumer. Every business person is mandated to provide information on the goods and services handled, free of charge.

Also included in the business laws in Australia are business standards. These are a set of standards which aim at specifying how businesses should conduct their operations, with the sole purpose of producing safe and reliable products or services. These can be either mandatory or voluntary.

Mandatory standards are set and adhered to by the businesses within a particular industry or in the line of producing a certain good or service. These standards are usually compulsory and set by the government.

Voluntary standards, on the other hand, are the ones which represent best business practices but are not specific legal requirements. They usually guide the various businesses in the country on what is best to do and what to avoid. Any entrepreneur can set the standards for herself.

These standards promote efficiency in businesses.

Another concept in Australian business law is the collective bargaining. This is simply a process where individuals can liaise or agree to purchase or sell products together. In case the demand for the buyer is higher than the supply, the supplier can cut a deal with another supplier in order to meet the customer’s needs without compromising with the quality. How to do this is well defined by the current set of commercial laws.

Finally, development in the country has been orchestrated by these well-defined laws and strict adherence to them is what ensures a smooth running of the businesses, and the government provides the businesses with a conducive business environment.