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This unit will provide you with an understanding of the operation of the competition law provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, as well as the economic theory underlying the Act. You will focus on the Restrictive Trade Practices provisions in Part IV of the Act, and the unit will also consider policy debates and the restrictive trade practices provisions of comparative jurisdictions. 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 & Mergers
  • Remedies and enforcement

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.


You are assessed according to the following components, each with its own weighted value against your overall result:

  • Quiz: 10%
  • Report: 40%
  • Take-home exam: 50%.


You can study this unit as part of the Master of Laws (Business Law)Master of Business Law and Graduate Certificate in Business Law.   Please note, unit structure and content are subject to change. Contact your SCU Online student advisor on 1300 863 819 for more information based on your particular circumstances.