ACCC/AER Regulatory Conference

Held every winter, the ACCC/AER Regulatory Conference brings together industry participants, policy makers, academics, and regulators from around the world to hear and discuss the latest ideas about the theory and practice of regulation.

2018 conference

The conference will be held on Thursday 26th and the morning of Friday 27th July at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, South Bank, Brisbane.

The theme of the 2018 conference is New Frontiers in Regulation.

Conference program

The conference program contains full descriptions about each session:

ACCC and AER Regulatory Conference 2018 program ( PDF 293.79 KB )

Day 1: Thursday 26 July 2018

Times Details
8:30 to 8:55 Arrival, tea and coffee
8:55 to 9:10 Welcome by AER Chair, Paula Conboy

9:10 to 10:30

Plenary 1

International update, perspectives and implications for Australia

Chair: Cristina Cifuentes, Commissioner, ACCC

Speakers

  • Mar Beltran, Senior Director, Infrastructure Sector, S&P Global Ratings, Madrid
  • David Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Alberta
  • Bill Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, Professor of Law, and Director, Competition Law Center, George Washington University
10:30 to 11:00 Morning tea

11:00 to 12:30

Plenary 2

Regulation of digital and intangible assets

Chair: Roger Featherston, Commissioner, ACCC

Speakers:

  • Eliana Garcés, Principal, Washington, The Brattle Group
  • Peter Harris, Chair, Productivity Commission
  • Catherine de Fontenay, Associate Professor, Melbourne Business School
12:30 to 1:30 Lunch

1:30 to 3:00

Breakout 1A

Expanding the role of consumers in regulatory determinations

Chair: Jim Cox, Board Member, AER

Speakers:

  • Stephen Littlechild, Fellow, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, and Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham
  • Iain Walker, Executive Director, newDemocracy Foundation
  • Pat McCafferty, Managing Director, Yarra Valley Water
  • Rosemary Sinclair, CEO, Energy Consumers Australia

1:30 to 3:00

Breakout 1B

Economic regulation of PPP infrastructure

Chair: Anna Brakey, Executive Director, IPART

Speakers:

  • Mar Beltran, Senior Director, Infrastructure Sector, S&P Global Ratings, Madrid
  • David Greig, Strategy Director, New Zealand Ministry of Transport
  • Warwick Davis, Economist, Frontier Economics
3:00-3:30 Afternoon tea

3:30 to 5:00

Breakout 2A

What implications do the interplay of provider of “last resort” obligations and changing technology have for best-practice regulation?

Chair: Nerida O’Loughlin, Chair, ACMA

Speakers:

  • David Brown, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Alberta
  • Eliana Garcés, Principal, The Brattle Group, Washington
  • Gerard Brody, CEO, Consumer Action Law Centre

3:30 to 5:00

Breakout 2B

The role of regulators in contributing to regulatory public policy

Chair: Delia Rickard, Deputy Chair, ACCC

Speakers:

  • Bill Kovacic, Global Competition Professor of Law and Policy, Professor of Law, and Director, Competition Law Center, George Washington University
  • Alan Kirkland, CEO, Choice
  • Rose Webb, Commissioner, NSW Fair Trading

6:30 to 7:00

7:00 to 10:00

Pre-dinner drinks

Conference dinner

Day 2: Friday 27 July 2018

Time Details
8:30 to 9:00 Arrival tea and coffee

9:00-10:30

Plenary 3

After merits review – collaboration or expanded judicial review?

Chair: Paula Conboy, Chair, AER

Speakers:

  • Luigi Carbone, Judge of the Supreme Administrative Court of Italy, and former Commissioner at the Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity, Gas and Water
  • Ruth Higgins SC, Barrister, Banco Chambers
  • Leanne Hanna, Senior Legal Counsel, Simply Energy
10:30 to 11:00 Morning tea
11:00 to 12:30 Plenary 4

New Frontiers in Regulation - extended Q&A

Moderator: Michelle Groves, CEO, AER

Panellists: Conference speakers

(TBC pending topics of top voted questions)

12:30 to 1:30 Lunch

Register to attend

Registration for the conference is now open. The cost to attend the conference is $1500 per delegate, or $1400 per delegate for 3 or more people from the same organisation.

See: Online registrations

A full refund is available for cancellations notified no later than COB Monday 16 July. After that date, organisations are able to substitute another delegate in place of the person registered for the conference.

Please send details of any cancellations or change of delegate to regulatory.conference@accc.gov.au

Accommodation

Registration for the conference does not include accommodation.

Rydges Hotel South Bank (which is adjacent to the BCEC) is offering a 10% discount off its Best Flexible Rate at the time of booking. Bookings can be made directly via the Rydges website or by calling 07 3364 0800 (please let your Reservations Representative know the Conference Name and Venue you are attending). Rates are subject to availability at the time of booking and the discount may not be used in conjunction with any other offer. A 24 hour cancelation policy applies to all reservations. Any bookings cancelled after 2pm the day prior will incur a charge equivalent to one night’s accommodation.

There are also numerous other accommodation options within a 10 minute walk of the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Updates

Updates about the conference will be sent to the ACCC’s Regulatory Community email group. If you would like to be added to the group please email regulatorycommunity@accc.gov.au

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