Competitor Collaboration Guidelines

The Commission has released its guidelines for assessing collaborations between competitors to reflect the amendments to the law relating to cartels.

The Competitor Collaboration Guidelines outline the Commission’s approach to enforcing the new law introduced by the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Act 2017, including:

  • the new cartel prohibition (with exceptions for collaborative activities, vertical supply contracts and joint buying agreements)
  • the clearance regime for businesses that are proposing to enter into collaborative activities which risk breaching the law.

The Guidelines also describe the Commission’s collaborative activity clearance process.

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