By Clyde Mooney – editor Australian Hotelier

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued an invitation for submissions relevant to the application by the Australasian Performing Right Association Ltd (APRA) for a new six-year authorisation.

The review process seeks comment and submissions on the public benefits or detriments of APRA’s standard arrangements for the acquisition and licensing of the performing rights in its music repertoire. 

Music venue operators and APRA licensees have expressed concerns surrounding APRA’s fees, which amount to many times those of similar overseas bodies, and its lack of transparency on how monies are collected and distributed.

The ACCC has extended the deadline on submissions from today (24 May) until next Friday – 31 May.

Interested parties can find supporting documents concerning the consultation process and material exclusion at the ACCC website here.

Address submissions to the General Manager, at or call (03) 9290 1835 for further information.

A draft determination will be issued in June/July with opportunity for public consultation in July/August, before the ACCC makes a final determination in September/October.

The Shout Team

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