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Competition and Consumer Law


Australian Legal Research Guide

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Commentary Quick Overview

Major Commentary Sources

Legal Encyclopedias

Legislation - 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. 

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 Authorised Law Report Guide for a list of authorised reports in Australia:


Major Law Journal Databases

For more information on searching for journal articles see the: 

Australian Competition Law Journals


Other Competition Law Journals


Library Catalogue Search

Search Library Catalogue for books using Keyword search or Subject searchYou can narrow your results to Online Books only, however, the number of Australian competition law books in ebook format is limited. See below for the relevant results for:


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. 

Selected Books on Australian Competition Law

Major Commonwealth Agencies


Major State and Territories Competition Agencies

Major States and Territories Consumer Agencies

Inquiries & Reports

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

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).

Other Guidelines

The Australian Competition Law website provides links to ACCC guidelines, including in relation to: 

  • Cartels 
  • Exclusive dealing
  • Administration including use of s 155 notices
  • Authorisation and notification
  • Collective bargaining
  • Compliance
  • Investigations and enforcement
  • Leniency and immunity
  • Misuse of market power