Northern Territory Private Healthcare COVID-19 arrangements - re-authorisation


On 31 August 2021, the Northern Territory of Australia as represented by the Department of Health (the Department) lodged an application seeking the revocation of authorisation AA1000499 (the Existing Authorisation) and substitution with a new authorisation on the same terms. The Existing Authorisation is set to expire on 30 September 2021.

The Department on behalf of itself, specified private healthcare providers operating in the Northern Territory, and all Northern Territory public hospitals and other healthcare facilities seeks to negotiate and enter into agreements with each participating private healthcare provider, under which the Department will provide funding and those providers will provide resources and services to the overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Northern Territory being coordinated by the Department.

The Department also seeks authorisation on behalf of other private healthcare providers notified to the ACCC from time to time.

On 28 September 2021, the ACCC issued a draft determination proposing to re-authorise for a further 18 months. The ACCC also granted interim authorisation to allow the arrangements to continue while the ACCC assesses the application for re-authorisation.

The ACCC now invites submissions in response to its draft determination. Details on how to make a submission are set out below.

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

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

31 August 2021

Lodgement of application and supporting submissions.

28 September 2021

Draft determination with interim authorisation.

September/ October 2021

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

21 October 2021

Closing date for submissions from interested parties.

November 2021

Applicant responds to issues raised in the draft determination and public consolation

November 2021

Final determination.


  • The Northern Territory of Australia as represented by the Department of Health

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000570-1


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