Authorisations

About mergers

Mergers and acquisitions can be important for the efficient functioning of the economy. However, the Competition and Consumer Act prohibits those mergers that would have the effect, or be likely to have the effect, of substantially lessening competition in a market.

Fees & forms

Your application for authorisation or notification should be in a form approved by the ACCC and accompanied by the relevant fee unless a waiver is in place.

Notification

Notification is an alternative process to authorisation that is available where parties propose to engage in small business collective bargaining, exclusive dealing or resale price maintenance.

Applying for authorisation

Authorisation is a public process which commences once a valid application is lodged. The ACCC must issue a final determination in writing either granting or dismissing an application for authorisation (of non-merger conduct) within six months of receiving a valid application, unless extended.