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Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)

Section 45AE
Meaning of expressions in other provisions of this Act

Note: The Harper Reforms came into operation on 6 November 2017 with the commencement of the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Reform) Act 2017. This section was re-numbered from section 44ZZRE.


The provision

In determining the meaning of an expression used in a provision of this Act (other than this Division, subsection 6(2C), paragraph 76(1A)(aa) or subsection 93AB(1A)), this Division is to be disregarded.


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 (from s 44ZZRE)

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.