This course will consider the role and function of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (“the CCA”) in contributing to Australia's National Competition Policy. On 1 January 2011, the former Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) was replaced by the CCA as part of the most significant review of the TPA was enacted in 1974.
While the amendments introduced by the Trade Practices Amendment (Australian Consumer Law) (No 2) Act 2010 (Cth) introduced the Australian Consumer Law, they did not change the anti-competitive provisions of the former TPA and these provisions continue to operate in Part IV of the CCA.
The CCA aims to preserve competition by prohibiting conduct that prevents or eliminates competition. The course principally involves a consideration of the various anti-competitive trading practices that are prohibited by Part IV of the CCA and cartel conduct in particular. The CCA is enforced by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (‘the ACCC') and significant civil penalties, criminal fines and even jail terms can be imposed for contraventions of the CCA. In addition, private parties may seek a variety of remedies for loss or damage suffered as a result of a contravention of Part IV of the CCA.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Students who satisfactorily complete this course will be able to:
1. define, describe and apply in a coherent fashion an advanced knowledge of the NCP and Part IV of the CCA, and other ways in which the law regulates and enforces anti-competitive conduct, to provide solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence;
2. analyse and interpret complex statutory provisions and case law interpreting them;
3. outline, summarise and/or synthesise a clear and coherent body of knowledge in ways that can be comprehended by peers and the course lecturer;
4. Plan and complete a research project, with some independence.
Indicative AssessmentResearch take-home exam (50%)
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WorkloadThree contact hours per week. Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.
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