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COMPETITION AND CONSUMER ACT 2010 - SECT 44XA

Time limit for Commission's final determination

Commission to make final determination within 180 days

             (1)  The Commission must make a final determination within the period of 180 days (the expected period ) starting at the start of the day the application is received.

Stopping the clock

             (2)  In working out the expected period in relation to a final determination, in a situation referred to in column 1 of an item of the following table, disregard any day in a period:

                     (a)  starting on the day referred to in column 2 of the item; and

                     (b)  ending on the day referred to in column 3 of the item.

 

Stopping the clock

Item

Column 1

Situation

Column 2

Start day

Column 3

End day

1

An agreement is made in relation to the arbitration under subsection (4)

The first day of the period specified in the agreement

The last day of the period specified in the agreement

2

A direction is given under subsection 44ZG(1) to give information or make a submission within a specified period

The first day of the period specified for the giving of the information or the making of the submission

The last day of the period specified for the giving of the information or the making of the submission

3

A decision is published under subsection 44ZZCB(4) deferring consideration of the dispute while the Commission considers an access undertaking

The day on which the decision is published

The day on which the Commission makes its decision on the access undertaking under subsection 44ZZA(3)

4

The Commission, under subsection 44ZZCBA(1) or (2), defers arbitrating the dispute while a declaration is under review by the Tribunal

The day on which the Commission gives the notice to defer arbitrating the dispute

The day the Tribunal makes its decision under section 44K on the review

             (3)  Despite subsection (2), do not disregard any day more than once.

Stopping the clock by agreement

             (4)  The Commission and the parties to the access dispute may agree in writing that a specified period is to be disregarded in working out the expected period.

             (5)  The Commission must publish, by electronic or other means, the agreement.

Deemed final determination

             (6)  If the Commission does not publish under section 44ZNB a written report about a final determination within the expected period, it is taken, immediately after the end of the expected period, to have:

                     (a)  made a final determination that does not impose any obligations on the parties or alter any obligations (if any) that exist at that time between the parties; and

                     (b)  published a written report about the final determination under section 44ZNB.



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