On 19 June 2020, the ACCC issued a notice to extend the period of the 2008 Interstate Access Undertaking until 30 June 2021. This notice is in response to ARTC's 5 May 2020 application to extend the period for which the 2008 IAU is in operation.

Superfast broadband network class exemption & deemed functional separation undertaking

The Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 25 May 2020. Among other provisions, it amends the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth) (Tel Act) to enable superfast fixed line broadband networks serving residential customers to operate on a functionally separated basis (rather than a structurally separated basis).

Elanco proposes divestments of some animal health products in Bayer acquisition

The ACCC is seeking views on a divestment undertaking offered by Elanco in relation to its proposed acquisition of Bayer Aktiengesellschaft’s animal health business.

The ACCC has preliminary competition concerns in relation to worming treatments commonly used for cats and dogs, as the acquisition would combine ownership of Elanco’s Milbemax and, Interceptor brands with Bayer’s Drontal, Profender and Droncit brands.

Similarly, the ACCC also identified preliminary concerns due to the consolidation in sheep lice products.