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
BP - proposed acquisition of Woolworths' retail service station sites - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 414.53 KB ) 6 Nov 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 - Word ( DOCX 78.29 KB ) 28 Mar 2017
PMP Limited - proposed merger with IPMG Group - Public Competition Assessment - PDF ( PDF 265.39 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
Royal Dutch Shell plc - proposed acquisition of BG Group plc - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 596.19 KB ) 11 Mar 2016
Foxtel - proposed acquisition arrangements with Ten Network Holdings Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 190.08 KB ) 2 Mar 2016
Foxtel - proposed acquisition arrangements with Ten Network Holdings Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 301.65 KB ) 2 Mar 2016
Elgas Limited - proposed acquisition of Wesfarmers Kleenheat Gas Pty Ltd's east coast LPG assets - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 301.9 KB ) 22 Dec 2015
Elgas Limited - proposed acquisition of Wesfarmers Kleenheat Gas Pty Ltd's east coast LPG assets - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 155.14 KB ) 22 Dec 2015
Federation Centres and Novion Property Group - proposed merger - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 215.09 KB ) 22 Dec 2015
Federation Centres and Novion Property Group - proposed merger - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 95.55 KB ) 22 Dec 2015
TPG Telecom Limited - proposed acquisition of iiNet Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 90.55 KB ) 22 Dec 2015