What the ACCC does

  • We can review mergers that have the potential to substantially lessen competition.
  • We can apply to the court to prevent or unwind a merger if we consider it would be likely to substantially lessen competition in breach of the law.
  • We assess applications for merger authorisation. If granted, authorisation enables mergers to be exempt from action under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.
  • We keep a register of mergers that are publicly considered during the informal merger review or merger authorisation process.

What the ACCC can't do

  • We can't oppose mergers in court that reduce competition unless the effect is likely to be substantial.
  • We can’t oppose a merger for reasons that aren’t competition related, such as community preferences or national interest considerations.
  • We can’t grant merger authorisation unless we are satisfied that the merger is not likely to substantially lessen competition, or that the merger would be likely to result in a net benefit to the public.
  • We can’t give legal advice or recommend that merger authorisation is necessary.

About mergers

Merger reviews and authorisations

ACCC action on mergers

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