Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

The ACCC promotes competition and fair trade in markets to benefit consumers, businesses, and the community. We also regulate national infrastructure services.

About the ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority whose role is to enforce the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and a range of additional legislation, promoting competition, fair trading and regulating national infrastructure for the benefit of all Australians.

ACCC Chair & Commissioners

The ACCC has a Chair, two Deputy Chairs, and four Commissioners. Their appointment to the ACCC involves participation by the Commonwealth, and state and territory governments.

Accountability

The ACCC exercises its powers as a competition, consumer and regulatory agency in a transparent and accountable manner.

Compliance & enforcement policy

This policy sets out the principles adopted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to achieve compliance with the law, and outlines the ACCC’s enforcement powers, functions, priorities and strategies.

Decision making processes

The ACCC members are collectively referred to as the Commission and meet regularly, usually weekly, to make decisions on matters investigated by the ACCC. The meetings are usually chaired by the Chairman and must include at least two of the full-time members. Matters include mergers, authorisations and notifications, whether to begin court proceedings, and decisions about access to infrastructure facilities.

Legislation

The ACCC is an independent statutory authority that enforces the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (previously the Trade Practices Act 1974) and other legislation.

Organisation structure

The ACCC is an independent statutory authority with the following organisational stucture:

Service Charter

Our Service Charter sets out the role of the ACCC and standard of service you can expect to receive from us.