Unit description

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

Part 1: Competition Law
Topic 1 Introduction to Competition and Consumer Law 
Topic 2 Applicability of the Act, key concepts and definitions 
Topic 3 Anti-competitive contracts, arrangements and understandings, cartels, & 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 Penalties and fines
Part 2: Consumer Protection Law
Topic 7 Introduction to the consumer provisions & unconscionable conduct 
Topic 8 Misleading and deceptive conduct
Topic 9 False and misleading representations, & unfair practices
Topic 10 Consumer guarantees
Topic 11 Liability of retailers and manufacturers 
Topic 12 Remedies

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • Bruce, A, 2013, Australian Competition Law, 2nd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths. ISBN: 9780409332827.
  • Bruce, A, 2014, Consumer Protection Law in Australia, 2nd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths. ISBN: 9780409334005.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Structured online learning 1 hour (11 weeks)
Exam: take home40%
Exam: open book60%

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