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Guidelines on use of s 155 powers

24 October 2018 | Updated 12 June 2019



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On 24 October 2018 the ACCC published guidelines on the procedures and approach it will take when exercising legal powers under s 155 to obtain information, documents and evidence.

The Guidelines were updated in June 2019 to incorporate changes made by the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Act 2017 - specifically, the ACCC site indicates changes were made in relation to:

  • the reasonable search defence
  • the written response
  • the ACCC's preference for a declaration of search processes
  • guidance on electronic document production.