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ACCC Discussion Paper – potential class exemption for collective bargaining

The submission to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission relation to the Discussion Paper on a potential class exemption for collective bargaining was prepared by the Competition and Consumer Committee of the Business Law Section. 

The Committee acknowledges that the availability of a class exemption for certain collective bargaining conduct may result in a number of potential benefits - particularly the reduction of compliance and administrative costs associated with individual notifications and authorisations, given the ACCC’s current approach to granting immunity under those processes.

The availability of a class exemption therefore has the potential to create greater certainty for businesses, and reduce transaction costs for those businesses. However, it is also important to ensure that exemptions from the operation of Australia's competition laws are clear as to their application and do not compromise competition to the detriment of consumers.

You can read the full submission below.

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