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COMPETITION AND CONSUMER ACT 2010 - SECT 44G

Limits on the Council recommending declaration of a service

             (1)  The Council cannot recommend declaration of a service that is the subject of an access undertaking in operation under Division 6.

          (1A)  While a decision of the Commission is in force under subsection 44PA(3) approving a tender process, for the construction and operation of a facility, as a competitive tender process, the Council cannot recommend declaration of any service provided by means of the facility that was specified under paragraph 44PA(2)(a).

             (2)  The Council cannot recommend that a service be declared unless it is satisfied of all of the following matters:

                     (a)  that access (or increased access) to the service would promote a material increase in competition in at least one market (whether or not in Australia), other than the market for the service;

                     (b)  that it would be uneconomical for anyone to develop another facility to provide the service;

                     (c)  that the facility is of national significance, having regard to:

                              (i)  the size of the facility; or

                             (ii)  the importance of the facility to constitutional trade or commerce; or

                            (iii)  the importance of the facility to the national economy;

                     (e)  that access to the service:

                              (i)  is not already the subject of a regime in relation to which a decision under section 44N that the regime is an effective access regime is in force (including as a result of an extension under section 44NB); or

                             (ii)  is the subject of a regime in relation to which a decision under section 44N that the regime is an effective access regime is in force (including as a result of an extension under section 44NB), but the Council believes that, since the Commonwealth Minister's decision was published, there have been substantial modifications of the access regime or of the relevant principles set out in the Competition Principles Agreement;

                      (f)  that access (or increased access) to the service would not be contrary to the public interest.

             (6)  The Council cannot recommend declaration of a service provided by means of a pipeline (within the meaning of a National Gas Law) if:

                     (a)  a 15-year no-coverage determination is in force under the National Gas Law in respect of the pipeline; or

                     (b)  a price regulation exemption is in force under the National Gas Law in respect of the pipeline.

             (7)  The Council cannot recommend that a service be declared if there is in force a decision of the designated Minister under section 44LG that the service is ineligible to be a declared service.



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