• Offered by ANU Law School
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Areas of interest Law

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. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills 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; and
  4. Plan and complete a research project, with some independence.

Other Information

Classes may be offered in non-standard sessions and be taught on an intensive base with compulsory contact hours (a minimum of 36 hours). Please refer to the LLB timetable for dates. Please contact the ANU College of Law Student Administration Services to request a permission code to enrol in classes offered in non-standard sessions.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research take-home exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Exam (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Classes offered during semester periods are expected to have 3 contact hours per week (a minimum of 36 hours). Students are generally expected to devote at least 10 hours overall per week to this course.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be studying a: Bachelor of Laws (LLB, LLB(H)), have completed or be completing five 1000 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS1204 Contracts; OR Juris Doctor (7330XJD, 7330HJD or MJD) and completed or be completing five 1000 or 6100 level LAWS courses and have completed LAWS1204/LAWS6104 Contracts. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed LAWS8154 Competition Law.

Prescribed Texts

Students must rely on the approved Class Summary which will be posted to the Programs and Courses site approximately 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5460
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Spring Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9642 21 Sep 2020 21 Sep 2020 02 Oct 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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