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.
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.
Fair Trading (Australian Consumer Law) Act 1992 - previously called Fair Trading Act 1992 (72 of 1992)
Fair Trading Act 1987 (68 of 1987)
|Qld||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)|
Annotated legislation materials are a good starting point for understanding the law. Note, that these resources may not always be current.
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:
Please note that authorised reports should be used when citing cases.
You can narrow your results to Online Books only, however, the number of Australian competition law books in ebook format is limited.
You also can search across various Ebook platforms allowing you to search the full text of books. Click on the eBooks link on the left-hand side of the page to navigate to the eBook databases.
Please note, the references provided are not exhaustive of all the inquiries, reports and guidelines of the competition authorities in Australia.
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 October 2017 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.
The Australian Competition Law website provides links to ACCC guidelines, including in relation to: