Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)
Tribunal may order costs be awarded
(1) If the Tribunal is satisfied that it is appropriate to do so, the Tribunal may order that a person who has been made a party to proceedings for a review of a declaration under section 44K pay all or a specified part of the costs of another person who has been made a party to the proceedings.
(2) However, the Tribunal must not make an order requiring the designated Minister to pay some or all of the costs of another party to proceedings unless the Tribunal considers that the designated Minister’s conduct in the proceedings was engaged in without due regard to:
(a) the costs that would be incurred by the other party to the proceedings as a result of that conduct; or
(b) the time required by the Tribunal to make a decision on the review as a result of that conduct; or
(c) the time required by the other party to prepare their case for the purposes of the review as a result of that conduct; or
(d) the submissions or arguments made during the proceedings to the Tribunal by the other party or parties to the proceedings or by the Council.
(3) If the Tribunal makes an order under subsection (1), it may make further orders that it considers appropriate in relation to the assessment or taxation of the costs.
(4) The regulations may make provision for and in relation to fees payable for the assessment or taxation of costs ordered by the Tribunal to be paid.
(5) If a party (the first party) is ordered to pay some or all of the costs of another party under subsection (1), the amount of the costs may be recovered in the Federal Court as a debt due by the first party to the other party.