The Act implements the Government’s response to the Review of the Competition Provisions of the Trade Practices Act (Dawson Review).
It creates a voluntary formal merger clearance system, and provides for
changes to the existing merger authorisation process. The Act also
creates a new collective bargaining notification regime, for the
benefit of small business.
The Act makes a number of
important changes to existing notification and review processes, makes
improvements to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s
enforcement powers, and significantly increases the maximum penalty
that can be imposed in relation to serious breaches of Australia’s
trade practices laws.