The Council’s media releases are listed in the left hand panel in order of year of publication.
Competition law - Harper reforms passed
On 18 October 2017, the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill was passed in Parliament following recommendations from the 2015 Harper Competition Policy Review.
The amendments to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 include changes to the National Third Party Access Regime to better target the lack of competition in markets for infrastructure services where third party access is required. It is anticipated that the amendments will come into effect in the coming weeks.
As a result of the legislative changes to Part IIIA, the National Competition Council has commenced updating its publications and guidelines. These will be made available for download in due course.
On 16 August 2017, the Federal Court handed down its judgment in the Port of Newcastle matter. The Court decided to dismiss the application from Port of Newcastle Pty Ltd for judicial review of the Australian Competition Tribunal’s decision to declare the shipping service at Port of Newcastle.