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Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)

Section 45AC
Extended meaning of party

Note: The Harper Reforms came into operation on 6 November 2017. This section has been re-numbered. It was originally numbered s 44ZZRC. This page reflects the renumbering brought about by the passage of the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Reform) Act 2017. Please visit section 44ZZRC for the provision immediately prior to the commencement of the Harper Reforms.


The provision

For the purposes of this Division, if a body corporate is a party to a contract, arrangement or understanding (otherwise than because of this section), each body corporate related to that body corporate is taken to be a party to that contract, arrangement or understanding.


Legislative history

Amended Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Reform) Act 2017 (Act 114 of 2017)

The content of this provision did not change - it was simply renumbered

Introduced by Trade Practices Amendment (Cartel Conduct and Other Measures) Act 2009

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.