Australian Competition Law, 4th edition

A clear and accessible guide to the regulation of competition in Australia

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ISBN/ISSN: 9780409353440
Release Date: July 02, 2021
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Australian Competition Law provides an engaging and authoritative treatment of Australian competition law and is an ideal text for both practitioners and students. The clear explanations of complex concepts foster a sound understanding of the legal principles and their economic underpinnings. It includes a chapter how to understand competition law cases to develop skill in area-specific case analysis. The work focuses on the contemporary situation and recent developments but also explains the historical context.

The fully revised new edition covers recent developments in case law, policy and legislation, including discussion on:

ACCC v Pacific National Pty Ltd (2020 – FCAFC) and Vodafone Hutchison Pty Ltd v ACCC (2020 – FCA) evaluating substantial lessening of competition in the context of alleged anticompetitive mergers
• the first interlocutory decision in B&K Holdings (Qld) Pty Ltd v Garmin Australasia Pty Ltd (2019 – FCA), considering the new ‘substantial lessening of competition’ threshold in s 46
ACCC v Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Ltd (2020 – FCA) on basic principles of market definition and evidentiary standards associated with the substantial lessening of competition test

ACCC v Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd (2018 – FCAFC) dismissing the ACCC’s appeal concerning misuse of market power and exclusive dealing.
• the ACCC’s revised Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Priorities


• Written in a lucid, accessible style with frequent examples and questions • Discusses contemporary situation, upcoming developments and historical context to encourage critical thinking about the law and options for reform • Includes chapter objectives and summaries to promote understanding and retention of content • Provides a chapter on analysis of competition law cases to develop skill in area-specific case analysis

Related Titles

• Bruce, Consumer Protection Law in Australia, 3rd ed, 2019
• Duns & Duke, Competition Law: Cases and Materials, 4th ed, 2015
• Steinwall, Annotated Competition and Consumer Legislation 2021, 2021


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Table of contents

  1. The Development of Competition Law

  2. Common Law Restraint of Trade Doctrine

  3. Market Definition

  4. Market Power and Substantial Lessening of Competition

  5. Understanding Competition Law Cases

  6. Application of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)

  7. Cartels and Anti-competitive Arrangements and Understandings

  8. Misuse of Market Power

  9. Exclusive Dealing

  10. Resale Price Maintenance

  11. Anti-Competitive Mergers and Acquisitions

  12. Authorisation and Notification

  13. Access Regimes

  14. Public Enforcement: Policies and Procedures of the ACCC

  15. Public Enforcement: Orders and Remedies Available to the ACCC

  16. Private Actions and Remedies