Competition and Consumer Act 2010

Guideline for Part XIC declaration provisions for telecommunication services

A guideline to the declaration provisions for telecommunications services under Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Part IIIA access undertaking guidelines

The Part IIIA access undertaking guidelines provide information on submitting, varying or withdrawing an access undertaking pursuant to Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

 

 

ACCC warns businesses time is running out to review their standard form contracts for unfair contract terms

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper says that he is concerned that many sectors remain unprepared for changes coming into effect in November when existing unfair contracts provisions for consumers are extended to include small businesses.

ACCC Chairman reports on key court actions, mergers and market studies

There is a wide range of court cases underway, our merger review record is strong, and market studies are now a core part of our work, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said this evening at the Law Council of Australia’s workshop in Sydney.

With Australia’s first criminal cartel charges now before the court, Mr Sims said the ACCC wants to lay strong foundations for a continuing program of cases.

“We have ten to twelve in-depth criminal investigations and we are aiming for a steady stream of one to two criminal cases per year.”

Privatisation needs smarter regulation

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims says he looks forward to a continuing debate on the regulation of monopolies and privatisation today as part of a panel session at the annual ACCC/AER Regulatory Conference in Brisbane.

The panel session will consider the appropriate regulatory framework for monopoly infrastructure, including when it is privatised.

Small business concerns continue to rise

Small business enquiries and complaints to the national competition agency continue to grow, topping more than 7,600 contacts in the first half of 2016.

"We're continuing to see an increasing number of contacts from the Australian SME sector. These contacts have been particularly concerned about misleading conduct by other firms, consumer guarantees, and agricultural issues," ACCC Deputy Chairman Dr Michael Schaper said.

Full Court upholds unconscionable conduct finding against AMI

The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has dismissed an appeal by NRM Corporation Pty Ltd and NRM Trading Pty Ltd (together, NRM), and NRM director Jacov Vaisman, against the decision of Justice North that NRM had engaged in unconscionable conduct through its Advanced Medical Institute business promoting and supplying medical services and medications for men suffering from sexual dysfunction.

New law on unfair contract terms to provide protections for farmers and agriculture businesses

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging businesses in the agriculture sector to review the standard form contracts that are provided to farmers and other small businesses. 

From 12 November 2016 a new law comes into place that will protect farmers and small businesses from unfair contract terms.

Sea Swift’s acquisition of Toll Marine’s NT and FNQ marine freight assets authorised by the Australian Competition Tribunal

The Australian Competition Tribunal has granted authorisation for Sea Swift Pty Ltd’s (Sea Swift) proposed acquisition of the Northern Territory and Far North Queensland marine freight assets of Toll Marine Logistics Australia (Toll)

The Tribunal has granted the authorisation subject to conditions imposing a cap on future prices and requiring Sea Swift to continue to operate scheduled services to remote communities for up to 5 years, and providing for access by other marine freight firms to the roll-on roll-off ramp at Gove (Nhulunbuy).