Faculty of Business and Economics

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Business and Economics
OfferedClayton First semester 2012 (Day)
Australia (Other) First semester 2012 (Off-campus block of classes)
Coordinator(s)Dr Paola Labrecciosa


This unit addresses economic policy as it affects business, particularly in relation to its dealings with consumers, and with emphasis on Australian industry and regulation. Students use economic theory to analyse policies with respect to prices, monopolies, oligopolies and mergers, exclusive dealing, consumer protection and licensing, corporatisation, privatisation and deregulation. Methods for the practical analysis of the performance of industries and impact of policies are discussed in detail.


The learning goals associated with this unit are to:

  1. apply economic theory to understanding the basis for competition and rationale for regulation
  2. critically discuss the Australian privatisation experience in comparison with the experience in other countries
  3. understand the main features of National Competition Policy in Australia, including its impact on various segments of society
  4. evaluate the variety of approaches to competition policies, drawing on Australian and international examples
  5. critically evaluate attempts to increase competition in particular industries, such as aviation, electricity, telecommunications and other relevant industries, where there are ongoing reforms in Australia.


Within semester assessment: 40%
Examination (2 hours): 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Paola Labrecciosa

Contact hours

3 hours per week


Students must have passed units ECX9000, ECX9010