Competition policy

We provide policy advice on the Commerce Act and the application of competition policy to specific sectors. This ensures a competitive environment that supports innovative and efficient business enterprise. 

We also provide purchase advice on the Commerce Commission and the international dimensions of competition policy. 

Competition legislation and regulations administered by the Ministry:

Targeted review of the Commerce Act 1986

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is undertaking a targeted review of the Commerce Act 1986.

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Commerce Act Fees review

On 7 May 2014 the Ministry released a discussion document on the review of the clearance and authorisation application fees under the Commerce Act 1986.

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Cartel reform

A bill to criminalise hard core cartel behaviour was introduced to Parliament on 13 October 2011.

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Regulation of competition in international shipping

The Government has announced that international shipping to and from New Zealand will be regulated under the Commerce Act, improving oversight and delivering competitive outcomes for exporting industries.

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Commerce Commission (International Cooperation and Fees) Bill

This bill will allow for better trans-Tasman enforcement of competition and consumer laws.

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About the Commerce Commission

The Commerce Commission is an independent Crown entity that enforces legislation that promotes competition in New Zealand markets, and prohibits misleading and deceptive trading.

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Lay members of the High Court for Commerce Act cases

A list of lay members of the High Court appointed under the Commerce Act 1986.

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Part 4 of the Commerce Act

Submissions and other information about the review of regulatory control provisions of the Commerce Act.

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