Applying for exemptions

Businesses that wish to engage in certain anti-competitive arrangements or conduct can seek an exemption from the ACCC. An exemption provides protection from legal action under the Competition and Consumer Act when such arrangements or conduct results in a net public benefit.

Authorisation

Authorisation enables businesses to engage in anti-competitive arrangements without the risk of legal action.

Applying for an authorisation

The ACCC can ‘authorise’ businesses to engage in anti-competitive arrangements or conduct when it is satisfied that the public benefit from the arrangements or conduct outweighs any public detriment. Authorisation provides protection from legal action under the Competition and Consumer Act.

Notifications

Notification is an alternative process to authorisation where parties that propose to engage in certain conduct may seek protection from legal action under the Competition and Consumer Act, if the conduct is in the public interest.

Fees & forms

A valid application for authorisation or notification must be lodged using the prescribed lodgement form/s and accompanied by the prescribed fee.

Export agreements

Statutory exemption for certain prohibitions is available under the Competition and Consumer Act for export agreements if specific notification requirements are met.

Certification trade marks

Under the Trade Marks Act 1995, the ACCC has responsibilities in relation to the approval of Certification Trade Marks.