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Global Competition and Consumer Law

Resources for Australia, China, European Union and the United States of America

Australia

Quick Overviews
Major Commentary Sources
Legal Encyclopeadias
Competition Law

The central piece of legislation for Australian competition law is the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). Note that it was previously named the 'Trade Practices Act 1974'. The name officially changed on 1 January 2011.

Consumer Law

The full text of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) is set out in Schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth). Laws to apply the ACL as a law of each State and Territory have been enacted in all States and Territories. For transactions that occurred up to 31 December 2010, the previous national, State and Territory consumer laws will continue to apply. 

Jurisdiction

Principal Act

 ACT

 Fair Trading (Australian Consumer Law) Act 1992

 - previously called Fair Trading Act 1992 (72 of 1992)

 NSW

 Fair Trading Act 1987 (68 of 1987)

 Old

 Fair Trading Act 1989 (84 of 1989)

 NT

 Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading Act 1990 (49 of 1990)

 SA

 Fair Trading Act 1987 (42 of 1987)

 Tas

 Australian Consumer Law (Tasmania) Act 2010 (40 of 2010)

 Vic

 Australian Consumer Law and Fair Trading Act 2012 (21 of 2012)

 WA

 Fair Trading Act 1987 (108 of 1987)

 Fair Trading Act 2010 (57 of 2010)

 

Consumer Credit

Annotated Legislation

Annotated legislation materials are a good starting point for understanding the law. Note, that these resources may not always be current.

Selected Competition Law Cases
Case Citators

Search cases and find subsequent consideration of a particular case. Case citators also list parallel citations, litigation history, legislation and words and phrases judicially considered and cases cited. For Australian cases use:

Law Report Series

Please note that authorised reports should be used when citing cases. See the Authorised Law Reports Research Guide for a list of authorised reports in Australia. 

Library Catalogue Search

 

Search Library Catalogue for books using Keyword search or Subject search using these terms:

 

Antitrust law -- Australia

Restraint of trade -- Australia

Competition, Unfair -- Australia

Consumer Protection - Law and Legislation - Australia

 

You can narrow your results to Online Books only, however, the number of Australian competition law books in ebook format is limited.

Ebooks

You also can search across various Ebook platforms allowing you to search full text of books. 

Selected Ebooks on Australian Competition Law
Selected Books on Australian Competition Law
Major Commonwealth Agencies
Major State and Territory Competition Agencies
Major State and Territory Consumer Agencies

Please note, the references provided are not exhaustive of all the inquiries, reports and guidelines of the competition authorities in Australia.

Inquiries and Reports

The Australian Competition Law website provides a list of inquiries and reports from 1976 including links to full text documents. 

Merger Guidelines

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) Merger Guidelines were published November 2008 providing clarification on the assessments of acquisition under sections 50 and 50A of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act) formerly the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth).

The Informal Merger Review Process Guidelines 2013 supplement the Merger Guidelines 2008.

The ACCC Media Mergers publication from December 2010 provides guidance on the approach to media mergers.

The ACCC Draft Media Merger Guidelines have been published August 2016, submissions will close 14 October 2016.

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