How the cartel reform came to be
This page covers key milestones in the 8-year reform of the Commerce Act's cartel provisions.
Key cartel reform milestones
In October 2010, Cabinet considered the outcome of consultation on the discussion document on Cartel Criminalisation. It agreed to release an exposure draft that would include proposals for reform.
In September 2011, Cabinet agreed to the introduction of the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.
The regulatory impact statement (RIS) for the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill analyses the impact of different options, including the recommended option of cartel criminalisation.
In December 2015 the then Minister of Commerce, Paul Goldsmith, tabled a supplementary order paper to remove the criminal offence for cartels from the Bill in 2015.