Rosters are an important part of providing sustainable health services to the community, particularly in rural and regional Australia. Some rostering arrangements may be considered anti-competitive and there are three criteria to satisfy to ensure arrangements do not breach the Act.
Doctors must set their fees in a manner consistent with their practice structure, which will determine how to set fees so they don’t breach the Act.
Output restrictions may also be thought of as supply or acquisition restrictions. They occur when competitors agree to prevent, restrict or limit the volume or type of particular goods or services available.
Section 45 of the Competition and Consumer Act prohibits contracts, arrangements, understandings or concerted practices that have the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially lessening competition in a market, even if that conduct does not meet the stricter definitions of other anti-competitive conduct such as cartels.
Read about cartel activities the ACCC has investigated.