Public competition assessments

The ACCC provides a public competition assessment outlining the basis for reaching its final conclusion in an informal merger review where:

  • a merger is rejected
  • a merger is subject to enforceable s. 87B undertakings
  • the merger parties seek such disclosure or
  • a merger is approved but raises important issues that the ACCC considers should be made public.

Public competition assessments aim to provide the market with a better understanding of the ACCC's analysis of various markets and associated merger and competition issues. Assessments will also alert the market to the circumstances where the ACCC's assessment of the competitive conditions in particular markets is changing, or is likely to change, because of developments — for example — in technological change or previous mergers in those particular markets.

The ACCC will endeavour to publish public competition assessments on the website shortly after making a decision, recognising that more complex matters that raise significant competition issues may require more time to ensure the reasons are in a publishable form, taking into account any legal and commercial sensitivities.

The ACCC has put in place processes to protect confidential information provided either by the merger parties or information arising from market inquiries. This includes protecting the identity of market participants who provide sensitive market intelligence. The ACCC believes that in the majority of cases it will be possible to provide an appropriately detailed explanation of the basis for the ACCC reaching its finalised view while protecting confidential information and its sources. Where this is not possible, maintaining confidentiality will be the ACCC's paramount concern.

Public competition assessments are provided for informal merger reviews only. Determinations for applications for merger authorisation may be found on the ACCC's merger authorisations register.

Document Date
B&J City Kitchen Pty Ltd - Jewel Fine Foods business and assets held by the entities set out below - B&JCK Jewel - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 301.9 KB ) 23 Jul 2020
Asahi Group Holdings - Carlton & United Breweries (owned by Anheuser Busch InBev SA/NV) - Asahi-CUB - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 217.71 KB ) 18 May 2020
ANZ Terminals Pty Ltd proposed acquisition of GrainCorp Liquid Terminals Australia Pty Ltd - ANZ Terminals GLT - Public Competition Assessment - 23 December 2019 ( PDF 319.2 KB ) 23 Dec 2019
Landmark - proposed acquisition of Ruralco - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 422.65 KB ) 4 Oct 2019
Gebr. Knauf KG - proposed acquisition of USG Corporation and Armstrong World Industries Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 283.12 KB ) 13 May 2019
Bingo Industries Limited - proposed acquisition of Dial-a-Dump Industries Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 621.35 KB ) 11 Apr 2019
Thales S.A - proposed acquisition of Gemalto N.V - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 295.79 KB ) 11 Feb 2019
BP - proposed acquisition of Woolworths' retail service station sites - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 414.53 KB ) 6 Nov 2018
CK Consortium - proposed acquisition of APA Group - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 560.53 KB ) 24 Oct 2018
Sydney Transport Partners Consortium (including Transurban) - proposed acquisition of WestConnex interest - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 557.41 KB ) 11 Oct 2018
Caltex Australia Petroleum Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of assets from Milemaker Petroleum - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 390.38 KB ) 25 Jul 2018
Saputo Dairy Australia Pty Ltd proposes to acquire Murray Goulburn's operating assets - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 371.35 KB ) 17 May 2018
PMP Limited - proposed merger with IPMG Group - Public Competition Assessment - PDF ( PDF 265.39 KB ) 28 Mar 2017
PMP Limited - proposed merger with IPMG Group - Public Competition Assessment - Word ( DOCX 78.29 KB ) 28 Mar 2017
Metcash Ltd - proposed acquisition of Home Timber and Hardware Group - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 229.09 KB ) 26 Aug 2016
Consortium comprising Brookfield, Qube & Others - proposed acquisition of Asciano Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 365.88 KB ) 21 Jul 2016
Iron Mountain Incorporated - proposed acquisition of Recall Holdings Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 73.44 KB ) 19 Apr 2016
Iron Mountain Incorporated - proposed acquisition of Recall Holdings Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 198.77 KB ) 19 Apr 2016
GPC Asia Pacific Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of Covs Parts from Automotive Holdings Group Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 224.91 KB ) 23 Mar 2016
GPC Asia Pacific Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of Covs Parts from Automotive Holdings Group Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 82.14 KB ) 23 Mar 2016