Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)
(a) the cartel provision:
(i) has the purpose, or has or is likely to have the effect, mentioned in subsection 44ZZRD(2); or
(ii) has the purpose mentioned in a paragraph of subsection 44ZZRD(3) other than paragraph (c); and
(b) the corporation has given the Commission a collective bargaining notice under subsection 93AB(1A) setting out particulars of the contract, arrangement or understanding; and
(c) the notice is in force under section 93AD.
Note: A defendant bears an evidential burden in relation to the matter in subsection (1) (see subsection 13.3(3) of the Criminal Code and subsection (2) of this section).
Operative: 24 July 2009
The insertion of this provision was part of the package of reforms introducing criminal penalties for cartel conduct. The reforms also created a parallel civil cartel prohibition, replacing the former s 45A which dealt directly with price-fixing.
The reforms were initially recommend by the Dawson Committee as part of its 2002-2003 inquiry into the Competition Law provisions of the Trade Practices Act.
See further information and resources on the cartel page.