Unit Pricing Code - Australian Government


You must comply with this code if you intend to operate as a store-based or online grocery retailer. The code makes it compulsory for certain grocery retailers to use unit pricing when selling non-exempt grocery items to consumers.

The code applies to grocery retailers who fall within one of the following categories:

  • store-based grocery retailer
  • online grocery retailer
  • participating grocery retailer.

A store based grocery retailer is described as one that:

  • sells a minimum range of food based grocery items
  • has more than 1000 square metres of floor space for displaying grocery items
  • the retail premises are used primarily for the sale of food based grocery items.

An online grocery retailer is a grocery retailer that sells a minimum range of food based grocery items online.

A participating grocery retailer is a retailer that:

  • sells the minimum range of food based grocery items
  • voluntarily displays a unit price for one or more grocery items required under the code.

You sell the minimum range of food-based grocery items if you sell items from all the following categories:

  • bread
  • breakfast cereal
  • butter
  • eggs
  • flour
  • fresh fruit and vegetables
  • fresh milk
  • meat
  • rice
  • sugar
  • packaged food, other than the food mentioned above.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Competition and Consumer Act 2010 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Trade Practices (Industry Codes - Unit Pricing) Regulations 2009 Australian Government

Administering agency

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Infrastructure Regulation Division

Contact details

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