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Resale Price Maintenance history


History of the RPM provision in Australia

The RPM provision has remained substantially the same since it was introduced in the Trade Practices Act 1974.

The key chan
ges made followed recommendations by the Hilmer Committee in 1993 (introduced in 1995):

  • to extend the prohibition of resale price maintenance to services (it was previously restricted to goods)
  • to enable parties to seek authorisation on public benefit grounds.