South Australia Private Healthcare COVID-19 arrangements

Summary

On 15 April 2020 the Department for Health and Wellbeing (the Department), on behalf of the State of South Australia, applied for authorisation on behalf of itself, specified owners of private healthcare facilities, and public hospitals and healthcare facilities (the Applicants). The Applicants are seeking authorisation to discuss, enter and give effect to contracts, arrangements or understandings which have the broad purpose of maximising healthcare capacity and ensuring the State-wide coordination of healthcare services to facilitate the most efficient and effective allocation of healthcare during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic (the Proposed Conduct).

The Department seeks authorisation for 12 months from the date of the ACCC’s final determination.

On 17 April 2020, the ACCC granted interim authorisation, subject to conditions which require the Department to provide regular updates to the ACCC regarding the implementation of the Proposed Conduct, and notify the ACCC of any other private healthcare providers who are to engage in the Proposed Conduct.

On 9 July 2020, the ACCC issued a draft determination proposing to grant conditional authorisation until 30 September 2021.

The ACCC is now seeking submissions in relation to the draft determination, by 24 July 2020. For further information about the application, and how to provide a submission to the ACCC, please refer to the links below.

An indicative timetable is set out below for your information.

15 April 2020

Lodgement of application and supporting submission, including request for interim authorisation.

17 April 2020

Interim decision.

17 April 2020

Public consultation process begins.

8 May 2020

Closing date for submissions on the substantive application for authorisation from interested parties.

9 July 2020

Draft determination.

24 July 2020

Closing date for submissions on the draft determination.

August 2020

Conference, if called.

August 2020

Final determination.

Applicant(s)

  • The State of South Australia as represented by the Department for Health and Wellbeing

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000498-1

Applications

Document title Date

Decisions