Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)
When clearance must not be granted
(1) The Commission must not grant a clearance in relation to a proposed acquisition of shares or assets unless it is satisfied that the acquisition would not have the effect, or be likely to have the effect, of substantially lessening competition (within the meaning of section 50).
(2) To avoid doubt, a clearance cannot be granted for an acquisition that has occurred.
Division 3 of Part VII of the Act was introduced in 2006 following recommendations by the Dawson Committee. Subdivision B allows parties to apply for 'formal clearance' of their mergers. There is no mandatory pre-merger notification regime operating in Australia and the ACCC may still provide informal advice to parties regarding the legality of their proposed merger.
See mergers page.