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
News Limited - proposed acquisition of certain community style newspapers and magazines of FPC Community Media Group - Public Competition Assessments ( PDF 130.04 KB ) 20 Feb 2007
Linde AG - proposed acquisition of the BOC Group plc and proffered section 87B undertaking - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 81.49 KB ) 16 Feb 2007
Wesfarmers Ltd - proposed acquisition of Linde Gas Pty Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 81.49 KB ) 16 Feb 2007
Healthe Care Australia Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of five private hospitals from Healthscope Limited - Public Competition Assessment - Healthe Care Australia Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of Brisbane Waters private hospital from Healthscope Limited ( PDF 105.29 KB ) 22 Jan 2007
Suncorp Metway Limited - proposed acquisition of Promina Group Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 117.83 KB ) 12 Jan 2007
Hexion Specialty Chemicals Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of Orica Australia Limited's formaldehyde resins business - Public Competition Assessments ( PDF 86.75 KB ) 10 Jan 2007
Alinta-AGL Joint Merger Proposal - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 221.55 KB ) 9 Jan 2007
Origin Energy Ltd - proposed acquisition of Sun Gas - Public Competition Assessments ( PDF 86.97 KB ) 18 Dec 2006
Tabcorp Holdings Ltd - proposed acquisition of UNITAB Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 82.96 KB ) 16 Nov 2006
Britax Childcare Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of BabyLove Products Pty Ltd - ACCC Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 101.48 KB ) 17 Oct 2006
Victorian Livestock Exchange Limited - acquisition of Sale and Korumburra Saleyard businesses and Yarram saleyard property in the Gippsland region - ACCC Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 116.46 KB ) 16 Oct 2006
ABC Learning Centres Limited - proposed acquisition of Hutchison's Child Care Services Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 892.24 KB ) 11 Oct 2006
Linde AG - proposed acquisition of the BOC Group plc and proffered section 87B undertaking - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 1.1 MB ) 21 Sep 2006
Barloworld - proposed acquisition of Wattyl Limited - ACCC Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 108.36 KB ) 11 Aug 2006
Johnson & Johnson - proposed acquisition of Pfizer Inc's consumer healthcare business - Public Competition Assessment. ( PDF 598.14 KB ) 22 Feb 2006
Alinta Ltd - acquisition of Australian Pipeline Trust - Public Competition Assessments ( PDF 221.55 KB ) 9 Jan 2006
Alinta Ltd - proposed acquisition of AGL - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 221.55 KB ) 9 Jan 2006
BUPA Australia Pty Ltd - proposed merger with MBF Australia Limited - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 132.01 KB )
Pact Group Pty Ltd - proposed acquisition of Brickwood Holdings Pty Ltd - Public Competition Assessment ( PDF 129.37 KB )
Nestle - proposed acquisition of Pfizer Nutrition - Pfizer Inc - Public Competition Assessment - PDF version ( PDF 172.05 KB )