Issues paper1 Sep 2011

The ACCC released an issues paper that set out the matters on which the ACCC sought information and industry views.

Confidentiality arrangements

The ACCC considers that all parties to the ACCC’s consultation process should be given an opportunity to consider, review and comment on confidential information provided to the ACCC in relation to the exemptions. The ACCC encourages providers of confidential information to establish confidentiality arrangements that allow other parties to view their confidential information.

A suggested confidentiality undertaking, which parties may wish to use as a basis for making appropriate confidentiality arrangements, is available. A version of the undertaking that was distributed on 19 September 2011 to parties to the ACCC’s previous consultation on exemptions has been amended to deal specifically with electronic records (see clause 7 of the suggested undertaking).

Extension of time - Telstra

On 23 September 2011 Telstra provided the ACCC with a letter seeking a two week extension to make its submissions to the exemptions variation inquiry. The ACCC agreed to Telstra's request and extended the submission deadline for all parties.

Submissions on the issues paper were due by 14 October 2011.

Any questions on the consultation process for the inquiry should be directed to Kevin Cheung at