Description of Conduct

On 26 April 2024, the Australian Dental Association Inc (the ADA) lodged an application for revocation of authorisation AA1000638 and substitution of a new authorisation AA1000669.

The ADA is seeking authorisation for the making of and giving effect to contracts, arrangements and understandings between 2 or more dental practitioners as to the fees to be charged for dental services provided within shared practices.

Authorisation is sought for a period of 5 years.

The ADA also requested interim authorisation to allow shared practices to continue to engage in the conduct covered by the authorisation while the ACCC conducts its assessment of the substantive application and following expiration of the ACCC’s existing authorisation AA1000638 on 16 June 2024. 

On 6 June 2024, the ACCC granted interim authorisation to enable dental practitioners to continue to agree on the fees to be shared for dental services provided within a shared practice.

An indicative timeline for the ACCC's assessment is set out below.

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

26 April 2024

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

May 2024

Public consultation process on application and request for interim authorisation.

6 June 2024

Interim authorisation decision.

July 2024

Draft determination.

July/August 2024

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

September 2024

Final determination.

Applicant(s)

  • AUSTRALIAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION INC

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000669-1