Professional services

Professionals and their associations must compete fairly and comply with the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. Some professional service restrictions are imposed by legislation and therefore allowed as overseen by the National Competition Council, however, other privately imposed restrictions have no legislative protection and could be considered anti-competitive behaviour.

Competing fairly in professional services

Like all businesses, professionals and their associations must compete fairly and avoid engaging in anti-competitive behaviour such as cartels, exclusive dealing, unfair dealing or unconscionable conduct.

Medical professionals

Medical professionals must comply with laws to ensure fair competition and protect consumers.

Professional associations

While professional associations help educate members and maintain high standards and ethical behaviour, they must ensure their membership criteria, voluntary codes and advice to members comply with the Competition and Consumer Act.