CLUBS across the country have been given permission to collectively bargain with their goods and services suppliers for the next five years.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission on Thursday confirmed the Clubs Australia application would be approved, which could result in "cost savings" for clubs around the country.
Under the new arrangements, the 6500 licensed sporting, cultural and RSL clubs around the country will be able to negotiate as a single force with energy and insurance providers.
While the approval does not force clubs to be involved, commission deputy chairman Dr Michael Schaper said it would give all clubs "more effective input" into such negotiations.
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