Restaurant Surcharge for Public Holidays


The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings against four cafés and restaurants for alleged breaches of the component pricing law by failing to include Sunday and/or public holiday surcharges in their menu prices.

The ACCC has produced specific guidance for restaurants, hotels and cafes to explain their obligations under section 53C of the Trade Practices Act 1974 and has been working with relevant industry bodies to ensure that information reaches their members. As part of its continuing education campaign, the ACCC recently wrote to a number of state and national industry bodies to remind them, and their members, of the requirements of section 53C ahead of the coming September and October public holidays.

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