Australia New Zealand Industrial Gas Association (ANZIGA)

Summary

On 13 September 2021, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) received an application for re-authorisation from the Australia New Zealand Industrial Gas Association (ANZIGA) (revocation and substitution).

ANZIGA is the peak industry body representing companies that produce and distribute industrial gases, including bulk and compressed gas, to industrial, medical, food, scientific and hospitality users in Australia and New Zealand.

ANZIGA lodged the application on behalf of itself, its current and future members, their related bodies corporate and other suppliers of medical oxygen notified to the ACCC. ANZIGA seeks re-authorisation for continued legal protection to exchange information and to make and give effect to contracts, arrangements and understandings to ensure security of supply of medical oxygen to hospitals and similar medical facilities in the event of significant demand increases or supply constraints during the COVID-19 pandemic (the Proposed Conduct).

ANZIGA has sought interim authorisation for the Proposed Conduct (as the previous authorisation will expire on 30 September 2021) and substantive authorisation for a period of 12 months from the date of the final determination.

On 29 September 2021, the ACCC granted interim authorisation with conditions. A copy of the interim authorisation decision is available below.

Further information on the application for authorisation, including the details of the Proposed Conduct, is available below.

The ACCC is currently accepting submissions in relation to ANZIGA's request for substantive authorisation by 7 October 2021.

A timetable is set out below for your information.

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

13 September 2021

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

16 September 2021

Public consultation process begins.

22 September 2021

Closing date for submissions on interim authorisation.

29 September 2021

ACCC decision regarding interim authorisation.

7 October 2021

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

October 2021

Applicants respond to issues raised in the public consultation process.

November  2021

Draft determination.

November 2021

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

December 2021

Final determination.

Applicant(s)

  • Australia New Zealand Industrial Gas Association

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000576-1

Applications

Document title Date

Decisions

Document title Date

Consultations

ACCC correspondence