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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

Introduce students to the laws relating to competition, marketing and consumer protection with particular reference to Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) and the Australian Consumer Law.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction to trade practices law 
Topic 2 Applicability of the Act, key concepts and definitions 
Topic 3 Cartels, anti-competitive contracts, arrangements and understandings and price fixing and signalling Topic 4 Misuse of market power and exclusive dealing 
Topic 5 Resale price maintenance and arrangements that affect competition 
Topic 6 Introduction to the consumer provisions and unconscionable conduct 
Topic 7 Misleading and deceptive conduct 
Topic 8 Unfair practices, false and misleading representations 
Topic 9 Liability of retailers and manufacturers 
Topic 10 Enforcement, remedies and defences

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify and interpret the main provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) which relate to restrictive trade practices (Part IV of the Act);
2 identify and interpret the main provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) which relate to consumer protection law.
3 recognise those circumstances which give rise to the application of different sections of the Act.
4 apply the relevant provisions of the Act to determine whether a breach has occurred in given factual situations.
5 recognise provisions of the Act concerning authorisations and mergers.
6 explain the penalties and remedies that are available for breaches of the Act.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify and interpret the main provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) which relate to restrictive trade practices (Part IV of the Act);
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  2. identify and interpret the main provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) which relate to consumer protection law.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. recognise those circumstances which give rise to the application of different sections of the Act.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. apply the relevant provisions of the Act to determine whether a breach has occurred in given factual situations.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  5. recognise provisions of the Act concerning authorisations and mergers.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  6. explain the penalties and remedies that are available for breaches of the Act.
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Bruce, A, 2011, Consumer Protection Law in Australia, LexisNexis.
  • Miller, RV, 2012, Miller's Australian Competition Law and Policy, 2nd edn, Thomson Lawbook Co.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.