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Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)

Section 44CA
Meaning of declaration criteria

 

The provision

(1) The declaration criteria for a service are:

(a) that access (or increased access) to the service, on reasonable terms and conditions, as a result of a declaration of the service would promote a material increase in competition in at least one market (whether or not in Australia), other than the market for the service; and

Note: Market is defined in section 4E.

(b) that the facility that is used (or will be used) to provide the service could meet the total foreseeable demand in the market:

(i) over the period for which the service would be declared; and

(ii) at the least cost compared to any 2 or more facilities (which could include the first-mentioned facility); and

(c) that the facility is of national significance, having regard to:

(i) the size of the facility; or

(ii) the importance of the facility to constitutional trade or commerce; or

(iii) the importance of the facility to the national economy; and

(d) that access (or increased access) to the service, on reasonable terms and conditions, as a result of a declaration of the service would promote the public interest.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1)(b):

(a) if the facility is currently at capacity, and it is reasonably possible to expand that capacity, have regard to the facility as if it had that expanded capacity; and

(b) without limiting paragraph (1)(b), the cost referred to in that paragraph includes all costs associated with having multiple users of the facility (including such costs that would be incurred if the service is declared).

(3) Without limiting the matters to which the Council may have regard for the purposes of section 44G, or the designated Minister may have regard for the purposes of section 44H, in considering whether paragraph (1)(d) of this section applies the Council or designated Minister must have regard to:

(a) the effect that declaring the service would have on investment in:

(i) infrastructure services; and

(ii) markets that depend on access to the service; and

(b) the administrative and compliance costs that would be incurred by the provider of the service if the service is declared.

 

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