Western Australia Private Healthcare COVID-19 arrangements

Summary

On 28 April 2020 the Western Australian Department for Health (the Department), on behalf of the State of Western Australia, applied for authorisation on behalf of itself, specified owners of private healthcare facilities, public hospitals and healthcare facilities and the Australian Medical Association (WA) Inc., Day Hospitals Australia, Australian Private Hospitals Association as represented by its Western Australian branch, and Catholic Health Australia (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 29 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.

On 13 August 2020, the ACCC granted conditional authorisation to the Department until 30 September 2021. The final determination document can be found below.

If no application for review of the determination is made to the Australian Competition Tribunal, the authorisation will come into force on 4 September 2020.

Further information on the application for authorisation and the ACCC’s decision is available through the link below.

An indicative timetable is set out below for your information.

28 April 2020

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

29 April 2020

Interim decision.

29 April 2020

Public consultation process begins.

22 May 2020

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

9 July 2020

Draft determination.

July 2020

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

13 August 2020

Final Determination.

4 September 2020

Authorisation comes into effect.

Applicant(s)

  • The State of Western Australia as represented by the Department of Health

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000505-1