Title Schedule 9—Authorisations, notifications and class exemptions
Database Bills & Legislation
Long Title a Bill for an Act to amend the [itals]Competition and Consumer Act 2010[eitals], and for related purposes
Date 30-03-2017 09:31 AM
Source House of Reps
Parl No. 45
Bill Number 66/17
Bill Type Government
Portfolio Treasury
Reps Bill Code O
Status Act
System Id legislation/bills/r5851_first-reps/0009


Schedule 9—Authorisations, notifications and class exemptions

Schedule 9—Authorisations, notifications and class exemptions

Part 1—Main amendments

Competition and Consumer Act 2010

1  Section 88

Repeal the section, substitute:

88  Commission may grant authorisations

Granting an authorisation

             (1)  Subject to this Part, the Commission may, on an application by a person, grant an authorisation to a person to engage in conduct, specified in the authorisation, to which one or more provisions of Part IV specified in the authorisation would or might apply.

Note:          For an extended meaning of engaging in conduct, see subsection 4(2).

Effect of an authorisation

             (2)  While the authorisation remains in force, the provisions of Part IV specified in the authorisation do not apply in relation to the conduct to the extent that it is engaged in by:

                     (a)  the applicant; and

                     (b)  any other person named or referred to in the application as a person who is engaged in, or who is proposed to be engaged in, the conduct; and

                     (c)  any particular persons or classes of persons, as specified in the authorisation, who become engaged in the conduct.

Conditions

             (3)  The Commission may specify conditions in the authorisation. Subsection (2) does not apply if any of the conditions are not complied with.

             (4)  Without limiting subsection (3), the Commission may grant a merger authorisation on the condition that a person must give, and comply with, an undertaking to the Commission under section 87B.

Single authorisation may deal with several types of conduct

             (5)  The Commission may grant a single authorisation for all the conduct specified in an application for authorisation, or may grant separate authorisations for any of the conduct.

Past conduct

             (6)  The Commission does not have power to grant an authorisation for conduct engaged in before the Commission decides the application for the authorisation.

Withdrawing an application

             (7)  An applicant for an authorisation may at any time, by writing to the Commission, withdraw the application.

2  Subsection 90(2)

Repeal the subsection.

3  Subsections 90(5A) to (9)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

             (6)  Before making a determination in respect of an application for an authorisation, the Commission may do any one or more of the following:

                     (a)  give any persons who appear to the Commission to be interested a written notice inviting submissions in respect of the application within a specified period;

                     (b)  give the applicant a written notice requesting the applicant to give the Commission, within a specified period, additional information relevant to making its determination in respect of the application;

                     (c)  give a person a written notice requesting the person to give the Commission, within a specified period, particular information relevant to making its determination in respect of the application;

                     (d)  consult with such persons as it considers reasonable and appropriate for the purposes of making its determination in respect of the application.

          (6A)  In making a determination in respect of an application for an authorisation, the Commission must take into account:

                     (a)  any submissions or information received under paragraph (6)(a), (b) or (c) within the period specified in the notice mentioned in that paragraph; and

                     (b)  any information obtained from consultations under paragraph (6)(d)).

The Commission may, but need not, take into account any submissions or information received after the end of those periods.

Note:          Unless the application is for a merger authorisation, the Commission may instead rely on consultations undertaken by the AEMC: see section 90B.

             (7)  The Commission must not make a determination granting an authorisation under section 88 in relation to conduct unless the Commission is satisfied in all the circumstances:

                     (a)  that the conduct would not have the effect, or would not be likely to have the effect, of substantially lessening competition; or

                     (b)  that:

                              (i)  the conduct would result, or be likely to result, in a benefit to the public; and

                             (ii)  the benefit would outweigh the detriment to the public that would result, or be likely to result, from the conduct.

             (8)  Paragraph (7)(a) does not apply to the extent that any of the following provisions would (apart from an authorisation under section 88) apply to the conduct:

                     (a)  one or more provisions of Division 1 of Part IV (cartel conduct);

                     (b)  one or more of sections 45D to 45DB (secondary boycotts);

                     (c)  section 48 (resale price maintenance).

4  Subsection 90(9A)

Omit “In determining what amounts to a benefit to the public for the purposes of subsections (8A), (8B) and (9)”, substitute “In relation to the Commission’s consideration of an application for an authorisation to engage in conduct to which section 49 would or might apply or for a merger authorisation, in determining what amounts to a benefit to the public for the purposes of paragraph (7)(b)”.

5  Subsection 93(3)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (3)  If the Commission is satisfied that the engaging by a corporation in conduct or proposed conduct of a kind described in subsection 47(2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8) or (9) and referred to in a notice given by the corporation under subsection (1):

                     (a)  has or would have the purpose or has or is likely to have, or would have or be likely to have, the effect of substantially lessening competition within the meaning of section 47; and

                     (b)  in all the circumstances:

                              (i)  has not resulted or is not likely to result, or would not result or be likely to result, in a benefit to the public; or

                             (ii)  has resulted or is likely to result, or would result or be likely to result, in a benefit to the public that has not or would not outweigh the detriment to the public that has resulted or is likely to result from the conduct or would result or be likely to result from the proposed conduct;

the Commission may at any time give notice in writing to the corporation stating that the Commission is so satisfied and accompanied by a statement setting out its reasons for being so satisfied.

6  Subsection 93(3B)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

          (3B)  If:

                     (a)  a corporation or other person has notified the Commission under subsection (1) of conduct or proposed conduct; and

                     (b)  the Commission has given the corporation or other person a notice under subsection 93AAA(1) imposing conditions relating to the conduct or proposed conduct; and

                     (c)  the Commission is satisfied that the corporation or other person has failed to comply with those conditions;

the Commission may at any time give notice in writing to the corporation or other person stating that the Commission is so satisfied and accompanied by a statement setting out its reasons for being so satisfied.

7  At the end of Subdivision A of Division 2 of Part VII

Add:

93AAA  Imposing conditions relating to notifications

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a corporation or other person gives the Commission a notice under subsection 93(1) relating to particular conduct, or proposed conduct, of a kind referred to in section 48; and

                     (b)  the Commission reasonably believes that:

                              (i)  apart from this section, the Commission would have grounds to give the corporation or other person a notice under subsection 93(3A) relating to that notice; and

                             (ii)  those grounds would not exist if particular conditions relating to the conduct or proposed conduct were complied with;

the Commission may give the corporation or other person a written notice imposing those conditions.

             (2)  The Commission must, at the time it gives the corporation or other person the notice under subsection (1), give the corporation or other person a written statement of its reasons for giving the notice.

8  Subsection 93AB(2)

Omit “another person (the target)”, substitute “one or more other persons (the target or targets)”.

9  Subsection 93AB(3) (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Second—making of contracts

10  Subsection 93AB(3)

After “the target” (first occurring), insert “, or with one or more of those targets,”.

11  Subsection 93AB(3)

Omit “the target” (last occurring), substitute “that target or those targets”.

12  Subsection 93AB(4) (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Third—price of contracts

13  Paragraphs 93AB(4)(a) and (b)

After “the target”, insert “or targets”.

14  After subsection 93AB(7)

Insert:

          (7A)  A collective bargaining notice for a group of contracting parties may be expressed to be given on behalf of persons who become members of the group after the notice is given, but only if those persons could have given the notice on their own behalf at the time they became members of the group. If the notice is so expressed, then it is also taken to have been given by those persons.

15  After subsection 93AC(2)

Insert:

Commission’s objection notice—non‑compliance with conditions

          (2A)  If:

                     (a)  a corporation gives the Commission a collective bargaining notice that relates (wholly or partly) to collective boycott conduct or proposed collective boycott conduct; and

                     (b)  the Commission has given the corporation a notice under subsection 93ACA(1) imposing conditions relating to the conduct or proposed conduct; and

                     (c)  the Commission is satisfied that the corporation has failed to comply with those conditions;

the Commission may give the corporation a written notice (the objection notice) stating that the Commission is so satisfied.

16  After section 93AC

Insert:

93ACA  Imposing conditions relating to collective boycott conduct

             (1)  If:

                     (a)  a corporation gives the Commission a collective bargaining notice that relates (wholly or partly) to collective boycott conduct or proposed collective boycott conduct; and

                     (b)  the Commission reasonably believes that:

                              (i)  apart from this section, the Commission would have grounds to give the corporation an objection notice relating to the collective bargaining notice; and

                             (ii)  those grounds would not exist if particular conditions relating to the conduct or proposed conduct were complied with;

the Commission may give the corporation a written notice imposing those conditions.

             (2)  The Commission must, in or with the notice under subsection (1), give the corporation a written statement of its reasons for giving the notice.

17  Paragraph 93AD(1)(a)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (a)  at the end of the period which is:

                              (i)  if the notice relates (wholly or partly) to collective boycott conduct or proposed collective boycott conduct—60 days or such other period as is prescribed by the regulations; or

                             (ii)  otherwise—14 days or such other period as is prescribed by the regulations;

                            starting on the day the corporation gave the Commission the notice; or

18  Paragraph 93AD(3)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  at the end of:

                              (i)  if subparagraph (ii) does not apply—the period of 3 years beginning on the day the corporation gave the collective bargaining notice; or

                             (ii)  the period determined under subsection (5).

19  Subsection 93AD(3) (note)

Repeal the note, substitute:

Note 1:       A collective bargaining notice is not in force, to the extent that it relates to collective boycott conduct, while a stop notice is in force in relation to the collective bargaining notice: see section 93AG.

Note 2:       Section 93AE deals with the withdrawal of a collective bargaining notice.

20  At the end of section 93AD

Add:

Commission may determine expiry of collective bargaining notice

             (5)  If the Commission is satisfied that:

                     (a)  the period provided for in subparagraph (3)(c)(i) is not appropriate in all the circumstances; and

                     (b)  another period, ending no later than the end of the period of 10 years beginning on the day the corporation gave the collective bargaining notice, is appropriate in all the circumstances;

the Commission may give to the corporation a written notice determining that other period for the purposes of subparagraph (3)(c)(ii).

             (6)  The Commission must, in or with the notice under subsection (5), give the corporation a written statement of its reasons for giving the notice.

21  At the end of Subdivision B of Division 2 of Part VII

Add:

93AG  Stop notice for collective boycott conduct

             (1)  The Commission may give a corporation a written notice (a stop notice) if:

                     (a)  the corporation has given the Commission a collective bargaining notice that relates (wholly or partly) to collective boycott conduct; and

                     (b)  the collective bargaining notice is in force under section 93AD; and

                     (c)  there has been a material change of circumstances since:

                              (i)  if the Commission has previously given the corporation notice under this subsection in relation to the collective boycott conduct—that notice was given; or

                             (ii)  in any other case—the collective bargaining notice came into force; and

                     (d)  the Commission reasonably believes that:

                              (i)  the collective boycott conduct has resulted in serious detriment to the public; or

                             (ii)  serious detriment to the public is imminent as a result of the collective boycott conduct.

             (2)  The Commission must, in or with the stop notice, give the corporation a written statement of its reasons for giving the stop notice.

             (3)  While the stop notice is in force, the collective bargaining notice is taken, for the purposes of this Act, not to be in force under section 93AD to the extent that the collective bargaining notice relates to collective boycott conduct.

             (4)  The stop notice comes into force at the time the Commission gives the corporation the stop notice.

             (5)  The stop notice ceases to be in force at the earliest of the following times:

                     (a)  at the end of the period provided under subsection (6);

                     (b)  if, before the end of that period, the Commission gives the corporation an objection notice under subsection 93AC(1) or (2) that relates to the collective bargaining notice—when that objection notice is given;

                     (c)  if, before the end of that period, the Commission gives the corporation a notice under subsection 93ACA(1) imposing conditions relating to conduct or proposed conduct that relates to the collective bargaining notice—when that notice under subsection 93ACA(1) is given;

                     (d)  if the Commission withdraws the stop notice—when it is withdrawn.

             (6)  For the purposes of paragraph (5)(a), the period is:

                     (a)  the period of 90 days beginning on the day the Commission gives the corporation the stop notice; or

                     (b)  if the Commission extends it under subsection (7)—that period as so extended.

             (7)  Before the end of the period referred to in paragraph (6)(a), the Commission may extend the period by up to a further 90 days:

                     (a)  if satisfied that in all the circumstances it is reasonable to do so; and

                     (b)  by giving written notice of the extended period to the corporation.

             (8)  The Commission must, in or with the notice under subsection (7), give the corporation a written statement of its reasons for giving the notice.

22  Division 3 of Part VII

Repeal the Division, substitute:

Division 3—Class exemptions

95AA  Commission may determine class exemptions

             (1)  The Commission may, by legislative instrument, determine that one or more specified provisions of Part IV do not apply to a kind of conduct specified in the determination, if the Commission is satisfied in all the circumstances:

                     (a)  that conduct of that kind would not have the effect, or would not be likely to have the effect, of substantially lessening competition; or

                     (b)  that conduct of that kind would result, or would be likely to result, in a benefit to the public that would outweigh the detriment to the public that would result, or would be likely to result, from conduct of that kind.

Note:          For variation and revocation, see subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  The Commission may specify in the determination any one or more of the following limitations:

                     (a)  a limitation to persons of a specified kind;

                     (b)  a limitation to circumstances of a specified kind;

                     (c)  a limitation to conduct that complies with specified conditions.

             (3)  The determination must specify the period, ending no later than the end of the period of 10 years beginning on the day it is made, for which it is to be in force.

             (4)  The determination:

                     (a)  enters into force on the day it is made or on such later day (if any) as is specified in the determination; and

                     (b)  ceases to be in force at the earlier of the following times:

                              (i)  if the determination is revoked—at the time the revocation takes effect;

                             (ii)  at the end of the period specified under subsection (3) of this section.

             (5)  While the determination remains in force, but subject to section 95AB and any limitations specified under subsection (2), the provisions of Part IV specified in the determination do not apply in relation to conduct of the kind specified in the determination.

95AB  Commission may withdraw the benefit of class exemption in particular case

             (1)  The Commission may give a person a written notice if:

                     (a)  a determination in force under section 95AA specifies a kind of conduct; and

                     (b)  the Commission is satisfied that particular conduct of that kind engaged in by the person:

                              (i)  would have the effect, or would be likely to have the effect, of substantially lessening competition; and

                             (ii)  would not result or be likely to result in a benefit to the public that would outweigh the detriment to the public that would result, or would be likely to result, from the conduct.

Note:          For variation and revocation, see subsection 33(3) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901.

             (2)  The Commission must, in or with the notice under subsection (1), give the person a written statement of its reasons for giving the notice.

             (3)  While a notice under subsection (1) is in force, the determination does not apply to the conduct specified in the notice engaged in by the person.

             (4)  The notice under subsection (1):

                     (a)  comes into force at the time the Commission gives the person the notice; and

                     (b)  ceases to be in force at the earliest of the following times:

                              (i)  if the Tribunal sets it aside under subsection 102(5G)—at the end of the day on which the Tribunal sets it aside;

                             (ii)  if the Commission revokes the notice—when it is revoked;

                            (iii)  the time the determination under section 95AA ceases to be in force.

23  After section 101A

Insert:

101B  Application for review of notice under section 95AB

             (1)  A person dissatisfied with the giving of a notice under section 95AB may, as prescribed and within the time allowed by or under the regulations, apply to the Tribunal for a review of the giving of the notice.

             (2)  If the person is the person to whom the notice was given or the Tribunal is satisfied that the person has a sufficient interest, the Tribunal must review the giving of the notice.

24  After subsection 102(5)

Insert:

    (5AAA)  Upon a review of the giving of a notice by the Commission under subsection 93(3B):

                     (a)  if the person who applied for the review satisfies the Tribunal that the corporation or other person on whom the conditions relating to the conduct or proposed conduct have been imposed has not failed to comply with those conditions—the Tribunal must make a determination setting aside the notice; or

                     (b)  if the person who applied for the review does not so satisfy the Tribunal—the Tribunal must make a determination affirming the notice.

     (5AAB)  Upon a review of the giving of a notice by the Commission under subsection 93AAA(1):

                     (a)  if the person who applied for the review satisfies the Tribunal that:

                              (i)  apart from section 93AAA, the Commission would not have had grounds referred to in subparagraph 93AAA(1)(b)(i); or

                             (ii)  compliance with the conditions imposed by the notice would not ensure those grounds would not exist;

                            the Tribunal must make a determination setting aside the notice; or

                     (b)  if the person who applied for the review does not so satisfy the Tribunal—the Tribunal must make a determination affirming the notice.

25  After subsection 102(5AB)

Insert:

     (5ABA)  Upon a review of the giving of a notice by the Commission under subsection 93AC(2A):

                     (a)  if the person who applied for the review satisfies the Tribunal that the corporation on whom the conditions relating to the conduct or proposed conduct have been imposed has not failed to comply with those conditions—the Tribunal must make a determination setting aside the notice; or

                     (b)  if the person who applied for the review does not so satisfy the Tribunal—the Tribunal must make a determination affirming the notice.

26  After subsection 102(5C)

Insert:

          (5D)  Upon a review of the giving of a notice by the Commission under subsection 93ACA(1):

                     (a)  if the person who applied for the review satisfies the Tribunal that:

                              (i)  apart from section 93ACA, the Commission would not have had grounds referred to in subparagraph 93ACA(1)(b)(i); or

                             (ii)  compliance with the conditions imposed by the notice would not ensure those grounds would not exist;

                            the Tribunal must make a determination setting aside the notice; or

                     (b)  if the person who applied for the review does not so satisfy the Tribunal—the Tribunal must make a determination affirming the notice.

          (5E)  Upon a review of the giving of a notice by the Commission under subsection 93AD(5):

                     (a)  if the person who applied for the review satisfies the Tribunal that:

                              (i)  the period provided for in subparagraph 93AD(3)(c)(i) in relation to the relevant collective bargaining notice is appropriate in all the circumstances; or

                             (ii)  the other period determined by the Commission under subsection 93AD(5) is not appropriate in all the circumstances;

                            the Tribunal must make a determination setting aside the notice under subsection 93AD(5); or

                     (b)  if the person who applied for the review does not so satisfy the Tribunal—the Tribunal must make a determination affirming the notice.

           (5F)  Upon a review of the giving of a notice by the Commission under subsection 93AG(7) extending a period for a further period:

                     (a)  if the person who applied for the review satisfies the Tribunal that in all the circumstances it is not reasonable to extend the period for the further period, the Tribunal must make a determination setting aside the notice; or

                     (b)  if the person who applied for the review does not so satisfy the Tribunal—the Tribunal must make a determination affirming the notice.

          (5G)  Upon a review of the giving of a notice under section 95AB:

                     (a)  if the person who applied for the review satisfies the Tribunal that conduct of the kind specified in the notice:

                              (i)  would not have the effect, or would not be likely to have the effect, of substantially lessening competition; or

                             (ii)  would result, or would be likely to result, in a benefit to the public that would outweigh the detriment to the public that would result, or would be likely to result, from conduct of that kind;

                            the Tribunal must make a determination setting aside the notice under section 95AB; or

                     (b)  if the person who applied for the review does not so satisfy the Tribunal—the Tribunal must make a determination affirming the notice.

Part 2—Other amendments

Competition and Consumer Act 2010

27  Subsection 4(1) (definition of authorisation)

Repeal the definition, substitute:

authorisation means an authorisation under Division 1 of Part VII granted by the Commission or by the Tribunal on a review of a determination of the Commission.

28  Subsection 4(1) (definition of clearance)

Repeal the definition.

29  Subsection 4(1)

Insert:

collective boycott conduct means conduct that has a purpose referred to in subsection 44ZZRD(3) in relation to a contract, arrangement or understanding.

merger authorisation means an authorisation that:

                     (a)  is an authorisation for a person to engage in conduct to which section 50 or 50A would or might apply; but

                     (b)  is not an authorisation for a person to engage in conduct to which any provision of Part IV other than section 50 or 50A would or might apply.

overseas merger authorisation means a merger authorisation that is not an authorisation for a person to engage in conduct to which section 50 would or might apply.

30  Subsection 8A(6)

Omit “or a clearance”.

31  Subsection 8A(6)

Omit “subsection 93(3) or (3A) or 93AC(1) or (2)”, substitute “subsection 93(3), (3A) or (3B) or 93AC(1), (2) or (2A)”.

32  Subsection 25(1)

Omit “or a clearance”.

33  Section 29P

Repeal the section.

34  Paragraph 44ZZRR(1)(b)

Omit “subsection 88(8A)”, substitute “section 88”.

35  Subsection 44ZZRS(1)

Omit “or 88(8) or section 93”, substitute “or section 88 or 93”.

36  Paragraph 44ZZRS(2)(a)

Omit “or 88(8) or section 93”, substitute “or section 88 or 93”.

37  Subparagraph 44ZZRS(2)(b)(i)

Omit “subsection 88(8)”, substitute “section 88”.

38  Paragraphs 44ZZRT(1)(b) and (2)(b)

Omit “subsection 88(8B)”, substitute “section 88”.

39  Paragraph 45(6)(a)

Omit “or 88(8) or section 93”, substitute “or section 88 or 93”.

40  Subparagraph 45(6)(b)(i)

Omit “subsection 88(8)”, substitute “section 88”.

41  Subsection 45(6A)

Omit “subsection 88(8B)”, substitute “section 88”.

42  Subsection 45(9)

Omit “subsection 88(1) applies”, substitute “the corporation intends to apply for an authorisation under section 88”.

43  Subsection 45D(1) (note 1)

Omit “subsection 88(7)”, substitute “section 88”.

44  Subsection 45DA(1) (note 1)

Omit “subsection 88(7)”, substitute “section 88”.

45  Subsection 45DB(1) (note 1)

Omit “subsection 88(7)”, substitute “section 88”.

46  Subsection 45E(8) (note)

Omit “subsection 88(7A)”, substitute “section 88”.

47  Section 45EA (note)

Omit “subsection 88(7A)”, substitute “section 88”.

48  Subsection 46A(6)

Omit “or clearance”.

49  Subsection 49(1) (note)

Omit “subsection 88(8B)”, substitute “section 88”.

50  Subsections 50(1) and (2) (note)

Omit “a clearance or an authorisation for the acquisition under Division 3 of Part VII: see subsections 95AC(2) and 95AT(2)”, substitute “an authorisation for the acquisition under section 88”.

51  Paragraphs 50(4)(b) and (c)

Omit “a clearance or”.

52  Paragraph 50(4)(d)

Omit “clearance or”.

53  Subsection 50(5)

Repeal the subsection.

54  Subsection 75B(1)

Omit “95AZN”, substitute “92”.

55  Subparagraph 76(1)(a)(iii)

Omit “95AZN”, substitute “92”.

56  Paragraphs 76(1A)(c) and (1B)(a)

Omit “95AZN”, substitute “92”.

57  Section 76A (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

76A  Defence to proceedings under section 76 relating to a contravention of section 92

58  Subsection 76A(2)

Omit “95AZN”, substitute “92”.

59  Section 76B (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

76B  What happens if substantially the same conduct is a contravention of Part IV or section 92 and an offence?

60  Subsections 76B(2) to (4)

Omit “95AZN”, substitute “92”.

61  Paragraph 76B(5)(a)

Omit “95AZN”, substitute “92”.

62  Section 80AC (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

80AC  Injunctions to prevent mergers if authorisation granted on the basis of false or misleading information

63  Subsection 80AC(1)

Omit “(1)”.

64  Paragraph 80AC(1)(b)

Omit “, under Division 3 of Part VII (mergers), a clearance or an authorisation”, substitute “a merger authorisation”.

65  Paragraphs 80AC(1)(d) and (e)

Omit “clearance or”.

66  Subsection 80AC(2)

Repeal the subsection (including the example).

67  Section 81A (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

81A  Divestiture where merger done under authorisation granted on false etc. information

68  Paragraph 81A(1)(b)

Omit “, under Division 3 of Part VII (mergers), a clearance or an authorisation”, substitute “a merger authorisation”.

69  Paragraph 81A(1)(d)

Omit “95AZN”, substitute “92”.

70  Paragraphs 81A(1)(e) and (f)

Omit “clearance or”.

71  Subsections 81A(3) and (6)

Repeal the subsections.

72  Subsection 86C(4) (paragraph (a) of the definition of contravening conduct)

Omit “95AZN”, substitute “92”.

73  Subsection 87B(1A)

Omit “a clearance or an authorisation under Division 3 of Part VII”, substitute “a merger authorisation”.

74  Part VII (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Part VII—Authorisations and notifications

75  Division 1 of Part VII (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Division 1—Authorisations

76  Subsection 87ZP(1) (definition of authorisation)

Repeal the definition.

77  Paragraph 89(1)(a)

Omit “prescribed by the regulations”, substitute “approved by the Commission in writing”.

78  After subsection 89(1)

Insert:

       (1AA)  Without limiting paragraph (1)(a), the form may require an application for a merger authorisation to contain an undertaking under section 87B that the applicant will not make the acquisition to which the authorisation relates while the Commission is considering the application.

79  At the end of section 89

Add:

             (7)  The Commission may disclose information excluded under this section from the register kept under subsection (3) to such persons and on such terms as it considers reasonable and appropriate for the purposes of making its determination on the application concerned.

80  Subsection 90(5)

Omit “authorization”, substitute “authorisation other than a merger authorisation”.

81  Subsection 90(10)

Omit “an authorisation under subsection 88(9)”, substitute “a merger authorisation”.

82  After subsection 90(10A)

Insert:

        (10B)  Subject to subsections (12) and (13), if:

                     (a)  the Commission does not determine an application for a merger authorisation within the 90‑day period beginning on the day the Commission received the application; and

                     (b)  the application is not an application for an overseas merger authorisation;

the Commission is taken to have refused, at the end of that period, to grant the authorisation applied for.

83  Subsection 90(11)

Omit “an authorisation under subsection 88(9)”, substitute “an overseas merger authorisation”.

84  Subsection 90(12)

Omit “subsection (11) (in this subsection and in subsection (13) referred to as the base period)”, substitute “subsection (10B) or (11) (the base period)”.

85  Subsection 90(12)

Omit “subsection (11)” (last occurring), substitute “that subsection”.

86  Subsection 90(13)

Omit “subsection (11)” (wherever occurring), substitute “subsection (10B) or (11)”.

87  Subsection 90(15)

Omit “an authorisation under subsection 88(9)”, substitute “a merger authorisation”.

88  Subsection 90A(1)

Omit “an authorisation under subsection 88(9)”, substitute “a merger authorisation”.

89  Paragraph 90B(2)(c)

Omit “subsection 90(2)”, substitute “subsection 90(6A)”.

90  Paragraph 90B(2)(c)

After “State”, insert “or Territory”.

91  Subsection 91(2A)

Omit “(9)”, substitute “(7)”.

92  Subsections 91A(3) to (5)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

          (2A)  Subsection 90(6) (other than paragraph 90(6)(a)) applies in relation to an application for a minor variation of an authorisation in a corresponding way to the way in which it applies in relation to an application for an authorisation.

             (3)  The Commission may make a determination in writing varying the authorisation or dismissing the application after taking into account the following:

                     (a)  the application;

                     (b)  any submissions that are received within the period specified under paragraph (2)(b);

                     (c)  any information received under paragraph 90(6)(b) or (c) (as that paragraph applies because of subsection (2A) of this section) within the period specified in the notice mentioned in that paragraph;

                     (d)  any information obtained from consultations under paragraph 90(6)(d) (as that paragraph applies because of subsection (2A) of this section).

The Commission may, but need not, take into account any submissions or information received after the end of those periods.

             (4)  The Commission must not make a determination varying an authorisation in relation to conduct unless the Commission is satisfied in all the circumstances that:

                     (a)  if, in making the determination to grant the authorisation in relation to conduct, the Commission was satisfied that the conduct would not have the effect, or would not be likely to have the effect, of substantially lessening competition—the variation would not have the effect, or would not be likely to have the effect, of increasing the extent to which the conduct lessens competition; or

                     (b)  if paragraph (a) does not apply—the variation would not result, or would not be likely to result, in a reduction in the extent to which the benefit to the public of the authorisation outweighs any detriment to the public caused by the authorisation.

          (4A)  For the purposes of subsection (4), the Commission need not have regard to conduct that is unaffected by the variation.

             (5)  Subsections 90(10B), (12) and (13) apply in relation to an application for a minor variation of a merger authorisation that is not an overseas merger authorisation in a corresponding way to the way those subsections apply in relation to an application for a merger authorisation that is not an overseas merger authorisation.

Note:          Those subsections deem the Commissioner to have refused to grant the application if the Commission does not determine the application within 90 days (or an extended period in some cases).

93  Subsections 91B(4) and (5)

Repeal the subsections, substitute:

          (3A)  Subsection 90(6) (other than paragraph 90(6)(a)) applies in relation to an application for a revocation of an authorisation in a corresponding way to the way in which it applies in relation to an application for an authorisation.

          (3B)  Subsection 90(6) (other than paragraphs 90(6)(a) and (b)) applies in relation to a proposal for a revocation of an authorisation in a corresponding way to the way in which it applies in relation to an application for an authorisation.

             (4)  The Commission may make a determination in writing revoking the authorisation, or deciding not to revoke the authorisation, after taking into account the following:

                     (a)  if subsection (2) applies—the application;

                     (b)  any submissions that are received within the period specified under paragraph (2)(c) or (3)(f);

                     (c)  any information received under paragraph 90(6)(b) (as it applies because of subsection (3A) of this section) within the period specified in the notice mentioned in that paragraph;

                     (d)  any information received under paragraph 90(6)(c) (as it applies because of subsection (3A) or (3B) of this section) within the period specified in the notice mentioned in that paragraph;

                     (e)  any information obtained from consultations under paragraph 90(6)(d) (as it applies because of subsection (3A) or (3B) of this section).

The Commission may, but need not, take into account any submissions or information received after the end of those periods.

             (5)  If an objection to revoking the authorisation is included in any submission or information:

                     (a)  referred to in subsection (4); and

                     (b)  received by the Commission within the period (if any) referred to in that subsection;

the Commission must not make a determination revoking the authorisation unless the Commission is satisfied that it would, if the authorisation had not already been granted, be prevented under subsection 90(7) from granting the authorisation.

          (5A)  Subsections 90(10B), (12) and (13) apply in relation to an application for a revocation of a merger authorisation that is not an overseas merger authorisation in a corresponding way to the way those subsections apply in relation to an application for a merger authorisation that is not an overseas merger authorisation.

Note:          Those subsections deem the Commissioner to have refused to grant the application if the Commission does not determine the application within 90 days (or an extended period in some cases).

94  Subsection 91C(4)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

          (3A)  Subsection 90(6) (other than paragraph 90(6)(a)) applies in relation to an application for a revocation and substitution of an authorisation in a corresponding way to the way in which it applies in relation to an application for an authorisation.

          (3B)  Subsection 90(6) (other than paragraphs 90(6)(a) and (b)) applies in relation to a proposal for a revocation and substitution of an authorisation in a corresponding way to the way in which it applies in relation to an application for an authorisation.

             (4)  The Commission may make a determination in writing revoking the authorisation and granting a substitute authorisation that it considers appropriate, or deciding not to revoke the authorisation, after taking into account the following:

                     (a)  if subsection (2) applies—the application;

                     (b)  any submissions that are received within the period specified under paragraph (2)(c) or (3)(f);

                     (c)  any information received under paragraph 90(6)(b) (as it applies because of subsection (3A) of this section) within the period specified in the notice mentioned in that paragraph;

                     (d)  any information received under paragraph 90(6)(c) (as it applies because of subsection (3A) or (3B) of this section) within the period specified in the notice mentioned in that paragraph;

                     (e)  any information obtained from consultations under paragraph 90(6)(d) (as it applies because of subsection (3A) or (3B) of this section).

The Commission may, but need not, take into account any submissions or information received after the end of those periods.

95  Subsection 91C(5)

Omit “an authorization”, substitute “an authorisation other than a merger authorisation”.

96  Paragraph 91C(6)(a)

Omit “an authorization under subsection 88(9)”, substitute “a merger authorisation”.

97  Paragraph 91C(6)(a)

Omit “an authorization granted on an application granted under subsection 88(9)”, substitute “a merger authorisation”.

98  Subsection 91C(7)

Omit “subsection 90(5A), (5B), (5C), (5D), (6), (7), (8), (8A), (8B) or (9)”, substitute “subsection 90(7)”.

99  After subsection 91C(7)

Insert:

          (7A)  Subsections 90(10B), (12) and (13) apply in relation to an application for a revocation and substitution of a merger authorisation that is not an overseas merger authorisation in a corresponding way to the way those subsections apply in relation to an application for a merger authorisation that is not an overseas merger authorisation.

Note:          Those subsections deem the Commissioner to have refused to grant the application if the Commission does not determine the application within 90 days (or an extended period in some cases).

100  At the end of Division 1 of Part VII

Add:

92  Providing false or misleading information

             (1)  A person must not give information to the Commission or Tribunal under this Division or Part IX in connection with any of the following if the person is negligent as to whether the information is false or misleading in a material particular:

                     (a)  an application for a merger authorisation;

                     (b)  an application for a minor variation of a merger authorisation;

                     (c)  an application for, or the Commission’s proposal for, the revocation of a merger authorisation;

                     (d)  an application for, or the Commission’s proposal for, the revocation of a merger authorisation and the substitution of another merger authorisation;

                     (e)  a review of a determination in relation to an application or proposal referred to in paragraph (a), (b), (c) or (d).

Note:          Under section 76, the Court may order a person who contravenes this section to pay a pecuniary penalty. See also sections 80AC, 81A and 86C for other related remedies.

             (2)  For the purposes of subsection (1), proof that the person knew, or was reckless as to whether, the information was false or misleading in a material particular is taken to be proof that the person was negligent as to whether the information was false or misleading in a material particular.

101  Paragraph 93(1A)(a)

Omit “prescribed by the regulations”, substitute “approved by the Commission in writing”.

102  Subsection 93(3A)

After “so satisfied”, insert “and accompanied by a statement setting out its reasons for being so satisfied”.

103  Subsections 93(4) to (6)

Omit “subsection (3) or (3A)”, substitute “subsection (3), (3A) or (3B)”.

104  Paragraph 93(7A)(b)

After “subsection (3A)”, insert “or (3B)”.

105  Subparagraph 93(7B)(b)(ii)

Omit “subsection (3A)”, substitute “subsection (3A) or (3B)”.

106  At the end of subsection 93(7C)

Add:

               ; or (c)  if the Commission gives the corporation or other person a notice under subsection (3B)—on the 31st day after the Commission gave the notice under subsection (3B) or on a later day specified in writing by the Commission.

107  Subsection 93(9)

Omit “subsection (3) or (3A), a reference in subsection (7) or paragraph (7C)(b)”, substitute “subsection (3), (3A) or (3B), a reference in subsection (7) or paragraph (7C)(b) or (7C)(c)”.

108  Paragraph 93(10)(a)

Omit “subsection (3) or (3A)”, substitute “subsection (3), (3A) or (3B)”.

109  Section 93AA (definition of objection notice)

Omit “subsection 93AC(1) or (2)”, substitute “subsection 93AC(1), (2) or (2A)”.

110  Subsection 93AB(1) (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Notice to Commission—competition provisions

111  Paragraph 93AB(6)(a)

Omit “prescribed by the regulations”, substitute “approved by the Commission in writing”.

112  Subsections 93A(1), (3), (4) and (10A)

Omit “subsection 93(3) or (3A) or 93AC(1) or (2)”, substitute “subsection 93(3), (3A) or (3B) or 93AC(1), (2) or (2A)”.

113  Paragraph 95(1)(ga)

After “93(7C)(b)”, insert “or (c)”.

114  Division 1 of Part IX (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

Division 1—Applications for review

115  Subsection 101(1A)

Omit “subsection 90(5A), (5B), (5C), (5D), (6), (7), (8), (8A), (8B) or (9)”, substitute “subsection 90(7)”.

116  Paragraph 101(1B)(a)

Omit “an authorization under subsection 88(9)”, substitute “an overseas merger authorisation”.

117  After subsection 101(1B)

Insert:

          (1C)  The regulations may make it a requirement that a person applying under subsection (1) for review of a determination relating to a merger authorisation give an undertaking under section 87B that the person will not make the acquisition to which the authorisation relates while the Tribunal is considering the application.

118  Subsection 101(2)

Repeal the subsection, substitute:

             (2)  A review by the Tribunal is a re‑hearing of the matter, unless it is a review of a determination by the Commission:

                     (a)  in relation to an application for a merger authorisation or a minor variation of a merger authorisation; or

                     (b)  in relation to the revocation of a merger authorisation, or the revocation of a merger authorisation and the substitution of another merger authorisation.

             (3)  Subsections 90(7), 91A(4) and (4A), 91B(5) and 91C(7) apply in relation to the Tribunal in like manner as they apply in relation to the Commission.

119  Section 101A (heading)

Repeal the heading, substitute:

101A  Application for review of notices under Division 2 of Part VII

120  Section 101A

Omit “subsection 93(3) or (3A) or 93AC(1) or (2)”, substitute “subsection 93(3), (3A) or (3B), 93AAA(1), 93AC(1), (2) or (2A), 93ACA(1), 93AD(5) or 93AG(7)”.

121  At the end of subsection 102(1)

Add:

Note:          Subsections (9) and (10) contain limitations in relation to determinations relating to merger authorisations.

122  After subsection 102(1)

Insert:

       (1AA)  If a person applies to the Tribunal for review of a determination of the Commission relating to:

                     (a)  the grant of a merger authorisation (a domestic merger authorisation) that is not an overseas merger authorisation; or

                     (b)  the minor variation, or the revocation, of a domestic merger authorisation; or

                     (c)  the revocation of a domestic merger authorisation and the substitution of another domestic merger authorisation;

the Tribunal must make its determination on the review within the period applying under subsection (1AC) (the relevant period).

       (1AB)  If the Tribunal has not made its determination on the review of a determination of the Commission mentioned in subsection (1AA) within the relevant period, the Tribunal is taken to have made a determination affirming the Commission’s determination.

       (1AC)  The period applying under this subsection is as follows:

                     (a)  unless paragraph (b) or (c) applies—90 days;

                     (b)  if the Tribunal allows new information, documents or evidence under subsection (9), and paragraph (c) does not apply—120 days;

                     (c)  if an extended period is determined under subsection (1AD)—that extended period;

beginning on the day the Tribunal receives the application for review.

       (1AD)  Before the end of the period (the initial period) otherwise applying under paragraph (1AC)(a) or (b) for the review, the Tribunal may determine in writing that:

                     (a)  the matter cannot be dealt with properly within the initial period, either because of its complexity or because of other special circumstances; and

                     (b)  an extended period applies for the review, which consists of the initial period and a further specified period of not more than 90 days.

The Tribunal must, before the end of the initial period, notify the applicant and the Commission of any determination under this subsection.

123  Paragraph 102(1A)(a)

Omit “an authorisation under subsection 88(9)”, substitute “an overseas merger authorisation”.

124  Paragraph 102(1A)(b)

Omit “authorization granted under that subsection”, substitute “overseas merger authorisation”.

125  Paragraph 102(1A)(c)

Repeal the paragraph, substitute:

                     (c)  the revocation of an overseas merger authorisation and the substitution of another overseas merger authorisation;

126  Sub‑subparagraph 102(4)(a)(ii)(B)

Omit “constituted by any lessening of competition”.

127  Subsection 102(5AC)

Omit “subsection 93AC(1) or (2)”, substitute “subsection 93AC(1), (2) or (2A)”.

128  At the end of section 102

Add:

             (8)  Subsections (9) and (10) apply to a review of a determination of the Commission in relation to:

                     (a)  an application for a merger authorisation; or

                     (b)  an application for a minor variation of a merger authorisation; or

                     (c)  an application for, or the Commission’s proposal for, the revocation of a merger authorisation; or

                     (d)  an application for, or the Commission’s proposal for, the revocation of a merger authorisation and the substitution of another merger authorisation.

             (9)  For the purposes of the review, the Tribunal may allow a person to provide new information, documents or evidence that the Tribunal is satisfied was not in existence at the time the Commission made the determination.

           (10)  Despite subsection (1), the Tribunal must not, for the purposes of the review, have regard to any information, documents or evidence other than:

                     (a)  information that was referred to in the Commission’s reasons for making the determination; and

                     (b)  any information or report given to the Tribunal under subsection (6); and

                     (c)  the information, documents or evidence referred to in subsection (7); and

                     (d)  information given to the Tribunal as a result of the Tribunal seeking such relevant information, and consulting with such persons, as it considers reasonable and appropriate for the sole purpose of clarifying the information, documents or evidence referred to in subsection (7); and

                     (e)  any information, documents or evidence referred to in subsection (9).

129  Section 102A

Repeal the section.

130  Subsection 109(1A)

Omit “subsection 93(3) or (3A) or 93AC(1) or (2)”, substitute “subsection 93(3), (3A) or (3B) or 93AC(1), (2) or (2A)”.

131  Division 3 of Part IX

Repeal the Division.

132  Section 150J

Omit “, clearance”.

133  Subparagraph 155(2)(b)(iv)

Omit “93(3) or (3A) or 93AC(1) or (2)”, substitute “93(3), (3A) or (3B) or 93AC(1), (2) or (2A)”.

134  Paragraph 157(1)(a)

Omit “or Subdivision B of Division 3 of Part VII”.

135  Paragraph 157(1)(ba)

Repeal the paragraph.

136  Section 157AA

Repeal the section.

137  Subsection 163(5)

Omit “118,”.

138  Paragraph 165(1)(a)

Omit “or section 95AH”.

139  Subsection 165(3A)

Repeal the subsection.

140  Paragraph 170(3)(a)

Omit “or a clearance under Division 3 of Part VII”.

141  Subparagraph 170(3)(b)(ii)

Repeal the subparagraph.

142  Subsection 172(2B)

Omit “an authorisation under subsection 88(9)”, substitute “a merger authorisation”.

143  Subsection 172(3)

After “prescribed”, insert “or approved”.

144  Section 174

Before “In”, insert “(1)”.

145  At the end of section 174

Add:

             (2)  A reference in this Division to subsection 88(1A) or paragraph 88(1A)(b) is a reference to that subsection or paragraph as in force before the commencement of Schedule 9 to the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Act 2017.

146  Paragraph 44ZZRR(1)(b) of Schedule 1

Omit “subsection 88(8A)”, substitute “section 88”.

147  Subsection 44ZZRS(1) of Schedule 1

Omit “or 88(8) or section 93”, substitute “or section 88 or 93”.

148  Paragraph 44ZZRS(2)(a) of Schedule 1

Omit “or 88(8) or section 93”, substitute “or section 88 or 93”.

149  Subparagraph 44ZZRS(2)(b)(i) of Schedule 1

Omit “subsection 88(8)”, substitute “section 88”.

150  Paragraphs 44ZZRT(1)(b) and (2)(b) of Schedule 1

Omit “subsection 88(8B)”, substitute “section 88”.

151  Paragraph 45(6)(a) of Schedule 1

Omit “or 88(8) or section 93”, substitute “or section 88 or 93”.

152  Subparagraph 45(6)(b)(i) of Schedule 1

Omit “subsection 88(8)”, substitute “section 88”.

153  Subsection 45(6A) of Schedule 1

Omit “subsection 88(8B)”, substitute “section 88”.

154  Subsection 45(9) of Schedule 1

Omit “subsection 88(1) applies”, substitute “the person intends to apply for an authorisation under section 88”.

155  Subsection 45D(1) of Schedule 1 (note 1)

Omit “subsection 88(7)”, substitute “section 88”.

156  Subsection 45DA(1) of Schedule 1 (note 1)

Omit “subsection 88(7)”, substitute “section 88”.

157  Subsection 45E(8) of Schedule 1 (note)

Omit “subsection 88(7A)”, substitute “section 88”.

158  Section 45EA of Schedule 1 (note)

Omit “subsection 88(7A)”, substitute “section 88”.

159  Subsection 49(1) of Schedule 1 (note)

Omit “subsection 88(8B)”, substitute “section 88”.

160  Subsection 50(1) of Schedule 1 (note)

Omit “a clearance or an authorisation for the acquisition under Division 3 of Part VII: see subsections 95AC(2) and 95AT(2)”, substitute “an authorisation for the acquisition under section 88”.

161  Paragraphs 50(4)(b) and (c) of Schedule 1

Omit “a clearance or”.

162  Paragraph 50(4)(d) of Schedule 1

Omit “clearance or”.

163  Subsection 50(5) of Schedule 1

Repeal the subsection.

Radiocommunications Act 1992

164  Section 68A

Repeal the section, substitute:

68A  Authorisation under spectrum licence taken to be an acquisition of an asset and conduct

             (1)  For the purposes of the provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 mentioned in subsection (2), the authorisation under subsection 68(1) of this Act of a person to operate radiocommunications devices under a spectrum licence is taken to be:

                     (a)  an acquisition by the person of an asset of another person; and

                     (b)  conduct engaged in by the person.

             (2)  The provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 are:

                     (a)  section 50 and subsections 81(1) and (1A); and

                     (b)  Parts VII and IX, to the extent that those provisions relate to section 50 of that Act.

165  Section 71A

Repeal the section, substitute:

71A  Issue of spectrum licence taken to be an acquisition of an asset and conduct

             (1)  For the purposes of the provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 mentioned in subsection (2), the issue of a spectrum licence to a person is taken to be:

                     (a)  an acquisition by the person of an asset of another person; and

                     (b)  conduct engaged in by the person.

             (2)  The provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 are:

                     (a)  section 50 and subsection 81(1); and

                     (b)  Parts VII and IX, to the extent that those provisions relate to section 50 of that Act.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the re‑issue of a spectrum licence under section 82.

166  Section 106A

Repeal the section, substitute:

106A  Issue of apparatus licence taken to be an acquisition of an asset and conduct

             (1)  For the purposes of the provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 mentioned in subsection (2), the issue of an apparatus licence to a person is taken to be:

                     (a)  an acquisition by the person of an asset of another person; and

                     (b)  conduct engaged in by the person.

             (2)  The provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 are:

                     (a)  section 50 and subsection 81(1); and

                     (b)  Parts VII and IX, to the extent that those provisions relate to section 50 of that Act.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not apply to a transmitter licence issued under section 102 or to an NBS transmitter licence.

             (4)  Subsection (1) does not apply to the issue of an apparatus licence if the licence is issued under Division 7 by way of renewal of an existing apparatus licence.

167  Section 114A

Repeal the section, substitute:

114A  Authorisation under apparatus licence taken to be an acquisition of an asset and conduct

             (1)  For the purposes of the provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 mentioned in subsection (2), the authorisation under subsection 114(1) of this Act of a person to operate radiocommunications devices under an apparatus licence is taken to be:

                     (a)  an acquisition by the person of an asset of another person; and

                     (b)  conduct engaged in by the person.

             (2)  The provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 are:

                     (a)  section 50 and subsections 81(1) and (1A); and

                     (b)  Parts VII and IX, to the extent that those provisions relate to section 50 of that Act.