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
Virgin Australia Holdings Limited and Tiger Airways - proposed joint venture to operate Tiger Airways Australia - Virgin Australia Holdings Limited - proposed acquisition of 60% of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd - 31 July 2013 ( PDF 192.48 KB ) 31 Jul 2013
H J Heinz Company Australia Limited - proposed acquisition of Rafferty's Garden Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 299.75 KB ) 26 Jul 2013
carsales.com Limited - proposed acquisition of interests associated with the Trading Post brand - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 306.96 KB ) 13 Jun 2013
Seven Group Holdings Limited - proposed acquisition of Consolidated Media Holdings Limited - Seven - CMH - PCA - 15 February 2013 ( PDF 130.92 KB ) 15 Feb 2013
APA Group - proposed acquisition of Hastings Diversified Utilities Fund - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 234.43 KB ) 14 Feb 2013
AGL Energy Limited - proposed acquisition of Great Energy Alliance Corporation Pty Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 120.11 KB ) 6 Jul 2012
FOXTEL - proposed acquisition of Austar United Communications Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 100.37 KB ) 14 Jun 2012
Proposed merger between Teys Bros (Holdings) Pty Limited and Cargill Beef Australia - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 115.49 KB ) 21 Sep 2011
Experian Australia Holdings Pty Ltd , Consortium of investors - proposed acquisition of Experian Australia Credit Services Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment - 19 September 2011 ( PDF 88.39 KB ) 19 Sep 2011
Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of P&N Beverages Australia Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 101.25 KB ) 13 Sep 2011
Asahi Holdings (Australia) Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of P&N Beverages Australia Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment - 13 September 2011 ( PDF 101.25 KB ) 13 Sep 2011
Wesfarmers Ltd - proposed acquisition of interests in Burrup Holdings Ltd and/or Burrup Fertilisers Pty Ltd - ( PDF 72.37 KB ) 19 Aug 2011
InvoCare Limited - proposed acquisition of Bledisloe Group Holdings Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 126.76 KB ) 14 Jul 2011
Woolworths Limited - proposed acquisition of The Cellarmasters Group - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 82.01 KB ) 27 May 2011
Sleepyhead - proposed acquisition of Sleepmaker and Dunlop Foams from Pacific Brands; Pacific Brands - proposed acquisition of Wonderlay from Sleepyhead - Sleepyhead - Pacific Brands - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 120.85 KB ) 4 May 2011
Fairfax Media Limited - proposed acquisition of Southern Independent Publishers Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 88.46 KB ) 3 May 2011
Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd - proposed acquisition of Sigma Pharmaceuticals (Australia) Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 134.59 KB ) 13 Apr 2011
AGL Energy Limited - proposed acquisition of certain electricity privatisation assets of the New South Wales Government - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 183.28 KB ) 17 Mar 2011
Origin Energy Limited - proposed acquisition of electricity privatisation assets of the New South Wales Government - New south wales electricity privatisation - public competition assessment - 17 march 2011 ( PDF 183.28 KB ) 17 Mar 2011
OneSteel Limited - proposed acquisition of Moly-Cop Group S.a.r.l - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 90.12 KB ) 28 Jan 2011