Subject details

Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate a coherent, mature understanding of the nature and scope of the Australian law governing competition and consumer protection, including knowledge of its institutions, history, fundamental doctrines and principles, and theoretical underpinnings;
  2. use cognitive and creative skills to critically analyse the role, efficiency and effectiveness of the competition and consumer law in dealing with contemporary issues;
  3. use initiative and judgement to critically evaluate, synthesise, and consolidate legal concepts, values and rules of competition and consumer law to construct persuasive legal arguments and solutions for fact based problems; and
  4. demonstrate the ability to autonomously develop well-argued, clear and coherent written advice regarding competition and consumer law issues for a range of interested parties. 
    • Topics are available to enrolled students through the Moodle site for the unit.

In order to enrol in this subject, you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Headphones or speakers (may be required to listen to lectures and other media) Headset, including microphone (highly recommended) Webcam (may be required for participation in virtual classrooms and/or media presentations)
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    It is essential for students to have reliable internet access in order to participate in and complete their units.

    UNE's minimum requirements for all students in relation to the hardware and software a student requires to support their learning are found at:

This unit focuses on the law governing consumer protection in Australia. Close attention is paid to controls on restrictive practices - both horizontal and vertical - as well as the regulation of unconscionable conduct and unfair contracts, for example. We analyse the role and application of consumer protection provisions. We also explore the role and regulatory design of competition law in Australian, beginning with the primary concept of the misuse of market power. We look not only to how such regulation is applied in practice, but also to the design, history, economic theory and political thinking underpinning those protections. The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) is the key legislative framework which we will examine throughout the unit.

Assignment 1: Set Topics. 1500 words (approx). Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) LO: 1-4 Online Quizzes: Three quizzes. 450 words (approx). Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) LO: 1, 3, 4 Closed Book Examination: It is Mandatory to pass this final examination in order to pass the unit. Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) LO: 1-4 The Closed Book Examination is held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit. For more information about UNE examinations please go to: For more information about UNE online examinations please go to:

  • Assignment 1 - Set Topics (25%%)
  • Online Quizzes (15%%)
  • Closed Book Examination (60%%)