This unit will provide students with an opportunity to understand the operation of the competition law provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, as well as the economic theory underlying the Act. Students will focus on the Restrictive Trade Practices provisions in Part IV of the Act.

Topics covered in this unit include:

  • Competition policy and objectives of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)
  • Exclusionary provisions
  • Cartel conduct
  • Misuse of market power and exclusionary provisions
  • Resale price maintenance and mergers
  • Remedies and enforcement.

This unit will also consider the policy debates and recent reforms that feature in this area of the law, as well as the restrictive trade practice provisions of comparative jurisdictions.

SCU lecturer, Dr Cristy Clark on the Competition Law unit.

Learning outcomes

  • Critically analyse the economic theory and policy objectives underpinning the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and assess the efficacy of the legislation in achieving these objectives
  • Apply advanced theoretical and technical competition law knowledge and skills to solve emerging and or advanced competition law problems
  • Identify and interpret the penalties and remedies available under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)
  • Assess the appropriateness and implications of the investigation and enforcement powers of the ACCC.

Unit assessor

Dr Cristy Clark
Lecturer at the SCU School of Law and Justice.


  • Quiz (due Week 1): 10%
  • Report (due Week 4): 40%
  • Exam, take-home (due Week 7): 50%.


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Laws (Business Law) and Master of Business Law.


Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 589 882 for more information based on your particular circumstances.