Description of Conduct

On 4 April 2024, the Copping Refuse Disposal Site Joint Authority trading as Southern Waste Solutions (SWS) applied for authorisation in relation to a proposed project to design, build and operate a contained organic waste facility in Copping, Tasmania. SWS have applied on behalf of itself and the City of Clarence, Sorrell Council, Tasman Council and Kingborough Council as members of SWS and on behalf of the successful contractor determined as a result of the proposed request for tender process.

SWS is seeking authorisation for:

  • undertaking a request for tender process to appoint a contractor to design, build and operate an organics processing facility in Copping, Tasmania
  • negotiating and entering into a contract with the successful contractor for the design, building and operation of the organics processing facility, and
  • the operation of the facility.

Authorisation is sought for a period of 26 years from the execution of the contract with the contractor for the provision of the services. This includes the construction of the facility (approximately 12 months), an initial term of 15 years and one option to extend the services by 10 years.

SWS have also requested interim authorisation to conduct the request for tender process, but not to enter into any contracts resulting from the process (as entry into contracts is conditional on final authorisation being granted). Interim authorisation is sought to allow SWS to progress the tender process in line with the project's timeline.

The ACCC invites the views of interested parties on both the request for interim authorisation and on the substantive application. Submissions are requested by 7 May 2024.

If you wish to make a submission in relation to this matter, please lodge it via this web form.

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

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

4 April 2024

Lodgement of application.

16 April 2024

Public consultation process begins.

7 May 2024

Closing date for submissions.

August 2024

Interim and Draft determination.

September 2024

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

October 2024

Final determination.


  • Copping Refuse Disposal Site Joint Authority

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000667-1