Description of Conduct

On 15 October 2021 the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) received an application for authorisation from The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia (together, the Applicants).

The Applicants sought authorisation under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (the Act) to enable universities and other education providers that have campuses in South Australia to jointly establish and effect travel and quarantine accommodation arrangements to facilitate the return of international students to study on-campus at premises in South Australia (the Proposed Conduct).

The Applicants also sought interim authorisation to allow them to engage in the Proposed Conduct prior to the ACCC’s final determination on the substantive application for authorisation, to enable the return of continuing students by early January 2022 in time for the commencement of the 2022 academic year.

On 5 November 2021, the ACCC granted interim authorisation.

On 15 February 2022, the Applicants withdrew their application for authorisation. Consequently, the interim authorisation granted on 5 November 2021 is no longer in effect. Please see ‘Applicant to ACCC re Withdrawal of Application’ below for further details.


  • The University of Adelaide
  • University of South Australia
  • Flinders University

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000585-1