Country Press Australia (CPA)


On 22 April 2021, Country Press Australia (CPA) lodged an application, on behalf of itself and its current and future members, to collectively bargain with each of Facebook and Google concerning payment for content produced by those members and featuring on those platforms, and to make and give effect to agreements arising from the collective negotiations, and to engage in discussions and exchange information regarding those negotiations (the Proposed Conduct).

On 29 April 2021, the ACCC granted urgent interim authorisation allowing CPA to engage in the Proposed Conduct. The Interim Authorisation Decision, public submissions and a copy of the application for authorisation are available below.

The ACCC will progress its assessment of the application in a timely manner. An indicative timetable is set out below for your information.

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

22 April 2021

Lodgement of application

23 April 2021

Public consultation process beings

29 April 2021

Interim authorisation granted, public consultation process continues

21 May 2021

Closing date for submissions from interested parties

June 2021

CPA responds to issues raised in the public consultation process

June/July 2021

Draft determination

July 2021

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called

July/August 2021

Final determination


  • Country Press Australia

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000551-1


Document title Date


Document title Date


Submissions - before draft decision