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
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
Victoria Quay International RoRo Terminal Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of Automotive and Ro-Ro Terminal at the Port of Fremantle - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 253.09 KB ) 14 Oct 2015
Victoria Quay International RoRo Terminal Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of Automotive and Ro-Ro Terminal at the Port of Fremantle - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 111.7 KB ) 14 Oct 2015
Australian Amalgamated Terminals Pty Ltd (AAT) - proposed acquisition of Automotive and Ro-Ro Terminal at the Port of Fremantle - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 253.09 KB ) 14 Oct 2015
Australian Amalgamated Terminals Pty Ltd (AAT) - proposed acquisition of Automotive and Ro-Ro Terminal at the Port of Fremantle - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 111.7 KB ) 14 Oct 2015
CSR Limited and Boral Limited - proposed clay brick joint venture - Public Competition Assessment - 6 August 2015 ( DOCX 71.89 KB ) 6 Aug 2015
CSR Limited and Boral Limited - proposed clay brick joint venture - Public Competition Assessment - 6 August 2015 ( PDF 212.39 KB ) 6 Aug 2015
Expedia Inc - proposed acquisition of Wotif.com Holdings Limited - Expedia, Inc. - proposed acquisition of Wotif.com Holdings Limited - 13 January 2015 ( DOCX 107.28 KB ) 13 Jan 2015
Expedia Inc - proposed acquisition of Wotif.com Holdings Limited - Expedia, Inc. - proposed acquisition of Wotif.com Holdings Limited - 13 January 2015 ( PDF 299.57 KB ) 13 Jan 2015
Peregrine Corporation - proposed acquisition of 25 BP Australia petrol retail sites in South Australia - Peregrine corporation - proposed acquisition of 25 bp australia petrol retail sites in South Australia -15 December 2014 ( PDF 1.35 MB ) 15 Dec 2014
Peregrine Corporation - proposed acquisition of 25 BP Australia petrol retail sites in South Australia - Peregrine corporation - proposed acquisition of 25 bp australia petrol retail sites in South Australia - 15 December 2014 ( DOCX 3.39 MB ) 15 Dec 2014
Healthscope Limited - proposed acquisition of Brunswick Private Hospital - Healthscope - Brunswick Private Hospital - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 655.26 KB ) 27 Aug 2014
Healthscope Limited - proposed acquisition of Brunswick Private Hospital - Healthscope - Brunswick Private Hospital - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 361.25 KB ) 27 Aug 2014
BlueScope Steel Ltd - proposed acquisition of Orrcon Steel - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 279.97 KB ) 4 Aug 2014
BlueScope Steel Ltd - proposed acquisition of Fielders Australia Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 172.36 KB ) 4 Aug 2014
BlueScope Steel Ltd - proposed acquisition of Fielders Australia Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 293.56 KB ) 4 Aug 2014
BlueScope Steel Limited - proposed acquisition of OneSteel Sheet & Coil business from Arrium Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 154.61 KB ) 4 Aug 2014