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
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
BlueScope Steel Limited - proposed acquisition of OneSteel Sheet & Coil business from Arrium Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 283.57 KB ) 4 Aug 2014
BlueScope Steel Ltd - proposed acquisition of Orrcon Steel - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 151.84 KB ) 4 Aug 2014
BlueScope Steel Ltd - proposed acquisition of Orrcon Steel - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 279.97 KB ) 4 Aug 2014
Sonic Healthcare Limited - proposed acquisition of assets of Delta Imaging Group - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 247.6 KB ) 30 Jul 2014
Sonic Healthcare Limited - proposed acquisition of assets of Delta Imaging Group - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 120.94 KB ) 30 Jul 2014
Melbourne International RoRo & Auto Terminal Pty Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS of Norway) - proposed acquisition of automotive terminal at the Port of Melbourne - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 861.59 KB ) 21 Jul 2014
Melbourne International RoRo & Auto Terminal Pty Ltd (a wholly owned subsidiary of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics AS of Norway) - proposed acquisition of automotive terminal at the Port of Melbourne - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 142.57 KB ) 21 Jul 2014
Gallagher Group - proposed acquisition of Country Electronics Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 199.03 KB ) 14 Jul 2014
Gallagher Group - proposed acquisition of Country Electronics Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( DOCX 110.11 KB ) 14 Jul 2014
iSentia Pty Limited - proposed acquisition of Australian Associated Press Pty Limited's media monitoring business - iSentia - proposed acquisition of AAP s media monitoring business - Public Competition Assessment - 16 April 2014 ( PDF 149.77 KB ) 16 Apr 2014
iSentia Pty Limited - proposed acquisition of Australian Associated Press Pty Limited's media monitoring business - Public Competition Assessments ( DOCX 85.4 KB ) 16 Apr 2014
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc - proposed acquisition of Life Technologies Corporation - Public Competition Assessment ( DOC 155.5 KB ) 25 Feb 2014
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc - proposed acquisition of Life Technologies Corporation - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 234.45 KB ) 25 Feb 2014
Woolworths Limited and Lowe's Companies Inc (Joint Venture) - proposed acquisition of G Gay & Co hardware stores - Woolworths Limited and Lowe's Companies Inc (JV) proposed acquisition of G Gay & Co hardware stores - Public Competition Assessment - 5 December 2013 ( PDF 208.7 KB ) 5 Dec 2013
Perpetual Limited - proposed acquisition of The Trust Company Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 236.98 KB ) 3 Dec 2013
Baxter International Inc - proposed acquisition of Gambro AB - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 214.13 KB ) 28 Nov 2013
Westfield Group and Westfield Retail Trust - proposed acquisition of Karrinyup Shopping Centre - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 134.5 KB ) 28 Nov 2013