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
Scandinavian Tobacco Group A/S - proposed acquisition of Swedish Match AB - Scandinavian Tobacco Group Swedish Match - Public competition asessment - 25 October 2010 ( PDF 96.46 KB ) 25 Oct 2010
Swift Australia Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of Rockdale Beef Pty Ltd - Public competition assessment ( PDF 145.69 KB ) 19 Oct 2010
7-Eleven Stores Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of retail assets of Mobil Oil Australia Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 404.88 KB ) 18 Oct 2010
Peregrine Corporation - proposed acquisition of retail assets of Mobil Oil Australia Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 404.88 KB ) 18 Oct 2010
Jetset Travelworld Limited - proposed acquisition of Stella Travel Services Holdings Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 112.11 KB ) 28 Sep 2010
National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB) - proposed acquisition of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 181.81 KB ) 9 Sep 2010
AMP Limited - proposed acquisition of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings' Australian and New Zealand businesses - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 181.81 KB ) 9 Sep 2010
National Australia Bank Limited - proposed acquisition of AXA Asia Pacific Holdings Limited - proposed undertakings - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 181.81 KB ) 9 Sep 2010
Novartis AG - proposed acquisition of Alcon Laboratories Inc - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 1.2 MB ) 31 Aug 2010
Cargill Australia Ltd - proposed acquisition of Goodman Fielder's commercial fats and oils business - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 144.42 KB ) 11 May 2010
Agilent Technologies Inc - proposed acquisition of Varian Inc - Public Competition Assessments ( PDF 112.38 KB ) 30 Apr 2010
Link Market Services Limited - proposed acquisition of Newreg Pty Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 118.2 KB ) 21 Apr 2010
Caltex Australia Limited - proposed acquisition of the retail assets of Mobil Oil Australia Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 426.59 KB ) 9 Feb 2010
GUD Holdings Limited - proposed acquisition of Breville Group Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 129.8 KB ) 22 Jan 2010
Woolworths Limited - proposed acquisition of Danks Holdings Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 143.69 KB ) 14 Jan 2010
Gunns Limited - proposed acquisition of ITC Timber Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 121.81 KB ) 24 Dec 2009
Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Limited - proposed acquisition of Ernst & Young's tax compliance software products - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 164.6 KB ) 19 Nov 2009
Pfizer Inc - proposed merger with Wyeth Corp - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 172.47 KB ) 18 Nov 2009
National Australia Bank Ltd (NAB) - proposed acquisition of mortgage management business from Challenger Financial Services Group Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 163.81 KB ) 13 Nov 2009
POTA NSW Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of Maritime Container Services Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 181.96 KB ) 15 Sep 2009