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Competition Law Guides and Guidelines

Below is a list of guidelines from the Australian competition regulator
and some key international guidelines



General guidelines and policies



Merger Guidelines (21 November 2008)

External linkInformal Merger Review Process Guidelines (26 September 2013)

External linkFormal merger review process guidelines 2008 (30 June 2008)

External linkMedia Mergers (9 August 2006) (note new draft version of updated Media Merger Guidelines released for comment in August 2016)




Boycotts (exclusionary provisions)


Misuse of market power


Exclusive dealing


Resale price mainenance




Collective bargaining


Authorisation and Notification


Investigation and enforcement


Leniency and Immunity

ACCC immunity and cooperation policy for cartel conduct (10 September 2014)
Includes policy and interpretation guidelines

Prosecution Policy of the Commonwealth
Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions
See Annexure B - Immunity from Prosecution in Serious Cartel Offences (updated 10 September 2014)





External linkACCC Guidelines - Use of s 155 Power (7 September 2016)

External linkCompliance and enforcement policy (ACCC)

External linkApplication of the Trade Practices Act to intellectual property: background paper (31 July 1991)
ACCC notes that the 'paper is outdated and is provided for research purposes only'

External linkExport agreements and the Competition and Consumer Act (2 May 2011)





United States

External linkHorizontal Merger Guidelines (August 2010 from DOJ site)

External linkHorizontal Merger Guidelines (August 2010, PDF from FTC site)