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:

Competition assessments

We provide advice on the impacts of government policies and proposed regulation on competition and consumers.

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Targeted review of the Commerce Act 1986

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

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Commerce Act Fees review

The Commerce Act (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2017 were notified in the gazette on 24 August 2017, setting the new application fees payable to the Commerce Commission for clearances and authorisations.

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Cartel reform

A bill that reforms the law relating to cartels was passed in August 2017.

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Criminalisation of Cartels

The Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Bill was introduced to the House on 15 February 2018.

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Commerce Commission (International Cooperation and Fees) Bill

This Bill allows 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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