ACCC guidelines - use of s. 155 powers

This publication provides guidance to the business community, their advisers and the public about the ACCC's procedures and approach in exercising its legal powers under section 155 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 to obtain information, documents and evidence in carrying out its functions.

This publication was updated in June 2019 to incorporate changes made to s.155 in the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Act 2017. In particular, we have updated the ACCC’s approach to:

  • the reasonable search defence
  • the written response
  • our preference for a declaration of search processes
  • guidance on electronic document production.