Car rental operators at Cairns Airport


A group of car rental operators seek authorisation to collectively bargain with Cairns Airport in relation to the acquisition of airport space associated with the provision of car rental services at Cairns Airport. The Applicants include Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Thrifty, Avis and Enterprise (the Applicants). The Applicants seek authorisation for a period of 10 years.

The Applicants have also requested interim authorisation in order to begin engaging in the negotiation processing, including collectively negotiating to 'hold over' existing agreements on the basis of existing terms because the majority of the Applicants' existing agreements expire in early 2020. The Applicants do not propose to enter into collectively negotiated agreements until the ACCC has made a final decision.

The ACCC invites submissions on interested parties on the application for authorisation and request for interim authorisation. Submissions are requested by 17 December 2019.

An indicative timetable is set out below for your information.

28 November 2019

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

3 December 2019

Public consultation process begins.

17 December 2019

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

January 2020

ACCC decision regarding interim authorisation.

January/February 2020

Applicant responds to issues raised in the public consultation process.

March 2020

Draft determination.

March/April 2020

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

May/June 2020

Final determination.


  • Budget Rent a Car Australia Pty Ltd
  • Redspot Head Office Pty Ltd trading as Enterprise, Alamo, National and Redspot
  • Kingmill Pty Ltd trading as Thrifty Car Rental and Dollar Car Rental
  • WTH Pty Ltd trading as Avis Australia
  • CLA Trading Pty Ltd trading as Europcar
  • Hertz Australia Pty Limited

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000460-1


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ACCC correspondence

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Submissions - before draft decision

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