Authorisation and Notification
Authorisation is available for all forms of conduct prohibited by Part IV of the CCA, save for misuse of market power. Authorisation is granted either where public benefit can be demonstrated to outweigh any anti-competitive detriment or where the public benefit is such that the conduct should be permitted (although different tests apply to different conduct, in practice they seem to apply in the same way).
Notification is available for small business collective bargaining and for exclusive dealing.
See ACCC Video regarding collective bargaining (29 June 2009)
For merger authorisations see the merger page.
Re Medicines Australia Inc  ACompT 4 (27 June 2007)
Imposition of conditions for authorisation. Discretion of ACCC.
Re Queensland Independent Wholesalers Limited (1995) 132 ALR 225; (1995) ATPR 41-439
Merger authorisation case
Myer Pty Ltd - Revocation & Substitution - A91091 (2008)
"Myer sought ... authorisation to allow Myer to be able to continue to invite concession businesses operating within Myer Stores to participate in storewide and category wide discount promotions, bonus MYER one points offers, Myer Card and Myer Visa Card promotions, a Discount Price Matching Policy and other agreed bonuses."
Application by Co-operative Bulk Handling Limited (No 3)  ACompT 3
Appeal against revocation of exclusive dealing notification - public benefit v SLC
See reading room.
Dawson Report 2003 (Chapter 6 Authorisation)