Our Enforcement Response Guidelines describe how the Commission enforces New Zealand’s fair trading, competition and credit contract laws.
The Guidelines explain what enforcement responses are available to the Commission, and what factors are taken into account when deciding which response to use.
Where the Commission considers that a person or business may have breached the law, the Commission will take into account the extent of the harm, the seriousness of the conduct and the public interest when determining the most efficient use of taxpayer resources.
If the Commission decides to take enforcement action, it will select a response aimed at stopping the unlawful conduct, deterring future breaches and remedying the harm.
The Enforcement Response Guidelines include (as an attachment) the Criminal Prosecution Guidelines, and should be read alongside our published Enforcement Criteria and Model Litigant Policy.