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It's your business to know the difference.

Learn how to spot, avoid and report illegal business cartels

Cartels in employment

Collusion between employers is illegal and there are significant financial and personal consequences for breaking the law.

Anti-competitive agreements can negatively impact labour markets, including:

  • reducing employees’ pay packets
  • reducing employee mobility and choice
  • limiting a business’s ability to expand

No-poaching – 

is where businesses agree not to hire each other’s employees.

Wage fixing –

is where businesses who compete for the same types of employees fix salaries; and information sharing about the terms and conditions of employees’ contracts.

Cartels related to employment and recruitment policy. View our advice for employers on how to avoid breaking competition law for more detail.

Report a business cartel

If you’ve witnessed an illegal business cartel or been involved in one, you can do the right thing by reporting it to us.

If the information you provide leads to an investigation, you may earn a reward.

If you’ve seen something:

If you have been involved:

Tell us and you may get leniency.

We can provide confidential guidance.

What next?