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
Rio Tinto Ltd - proposed acquisition of Alcan Inc - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 113.3 KB ) 8 Nov 2007
Wesfarmers Limited - proposed acquisition of Coles Group Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 105.44 KB ) 5 Nov 2007
Video Ezy Australasia Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of Blockbuster Australia Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 122.03 KB ) 18 Oct 2007
Woolworths Limited - proposed acquisition of Officeworks and Kmart - Public Competition Assessment - proposed acquisition of Kmart and Officeworks 17 October 2007 ( PDF 144.69 KB ) 17 Oct 2007
Singapore Power, Babcock and Brown Limited - proposed acquisition of Alinta Ltd - Public Competition Assessments ( PDF 119.15 KB ) 19 Sep 2007
Healthscope Limited, Ironbridge Capital and Archer Capital - proposed acquisition of Symbion Health Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 1.08 MB ) 19 Sep 2007
PMP Limited and McPherson's Limited book printing businesses - proposed joint venture - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 110.39 KB ) 27 Aug 2007
Tattersall's Limited - proposed acquisition of Golden Casket Lottery Corporation Limited - Public Competition Assessments ( PDF 1.18 MB ) 8 Aug 2007
Woolworths Limited - proposed acquisition of Jindabyne IGA Supermarket, Festival IGA Liquor, and Porter's Liquor licence - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 95.66 KB ) 26 Jun 2007
OneSteel Limited - proposed acquisition of Smorgon Steel Group Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 141.55 KB ) 22 Jun 2007
BlueScope Steel Ltd - proposed acquisition of Smorgon Steel Distribution - Public Competition Assessments ( PDF 141.55 KB ) 22 Jun 2007
Fairfax Media Limited - proposed acquisition of Rural Press Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 951.59 KB ) 27 Apr 2007
AGL and TRUenergy - proposed swap of South Australian electricity assets - Public Competition Assessments ( PDF 109.88 KB ) 20 Apr 2007
Transurban Group - proposed acquisition of Sydney Roads Group Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 579.4 KB ) 20 Mar 2007
George Weston Foods Limited - proposed acquisition of Rabkal Pty Ltd t/as Good Stuff Bakery - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 91.1 KB ) 16 Mar 2007
Pacific Terminals (Australia) Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of bulk liquid terminals from Craig Mostyn & Co Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 112.21 KB ) 15 Mar 2007
Mater Misericordiae Hospital Townsville Ltd - proposed acquisition of The Wesley Hospital Townsville - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 109.59 KB ) 14 Mar 2007
Santos Limited - proposed acquisition of Queensland Gas Company Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 182.77 KB ) 7 Mar 2007
Consortium including Macquarie Bank Limited - proposed acquisition of Qantas Airways Limited - Public Competition Assessments ( PDF 137.8 KB ) 1 Mar 2007
A&R Whitcoulls Group Holdings Pty Limited (Angus & Robertson) - proposed acquisition of Borders Australia Pty Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 121.84 KB ) 27 Feb 2007