ACCC submissions

On occasion, the ACCC provides submissions to external consultations.

Agriculture

Submission title Description
Senate Inquiry into the Australian dairy industry ( PDF 110.59 KB | DOCX 361.47 KB )

Senate Inquiry into the Australian dairy industry

On 12 October 2016, the ACCC provided a submission to the Senate Economics References Committee’s inquiry into the Australian dairy industry.

Senate Inquiry into anticompetitive conduct in the retail wine industry and the ACCC's role ( PDF 360.85 KB | DOCX 106.75 KB ) - 29 April 2016

Senate Inquiry into anti-competitive conduct in the retail wine industry and the ACCC's role

On 29 April 2016, the ACCC provided a submission to the Senate Inquiry into anti-competitive conduct in the retail wine industry and the ACCC’s role.

 

Productivity Commission Inquiry into regulation of the Australian agricultural sector ( PDF 265.15 KB | DOCX 104.73 KB ) - 18 August 2016

Submission in response to the draft report

On 18 August 2016, the ACCC provided a submission to the Productivity Commission's draft report on the regulation of the Australian agriculture.

Australian Consumer Law model

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ACCC submission to the Productivity Commission’s Consumer Law Enforcement ( PDF 446.25 KB | DOCX 138.42 KB )

Productivity Commission study into Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration

On 31 August 2016, the ACCC provided a submission to the Productivity Commission’s study into Consumer Law Enforcement and Administration.

Competition policy review

Submission title Description

Reinvigorating Australia’s Competition Policy: ACCC Submission to the Competition Policy Review ( PDF 1.44 MB | DOCX 452.2 KB ) - 25 June 2014

ACCC supplementary submission to the Competition Policy Review ( PDF 543.15 KB | DOCX 170.68 KB ) - 8 August 2014

ACCC supplementary submission to the Competition Policy Review: Further matters ( PDF 468.53 KB | DOCX 1.16 MB ) - 15 August 2014

Harper Review - supplementary submission - Letter from Mr Rod Sims to Pr ( PDF 576.39 KB | DOCX 2.26 MB ) - 22 August 2014

Competition Policy Review - ACCC submission to the Draft Report ( PDF 1.33 MB | DOCX 603.59 KB ) - 26 November 2014

Letter and Competition Policy Review Submission to Treasury ( PDF 757.15 KB | DOCX 128.28 KB ) - 29 May 2015

ACCC Letter to Treasury - Submission on Harper Exposure Draft Consultation on Competition Law amendments ( PDF 4.29 MB | DOCX 141.24 KB ) - 5 October 2016

ACCC submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics - Misuse of Market Power Bill ( PDF 247.44 KB | DOCX 375.8 KB ) - 10 January 2017

 

Competition Policy Review

The Australian Government has initiated a comprehensive review of Australia’s competition laws and policy (the “Harper Review”) —the first in more than 20 years. The competition policy review panel, established by the Government, released an issues paper on 14 April 2014.

In June 2014, the ACCC provided its submission in response to the issues paper.

The ACCC provided a submission in response to the Draft Report on 26 November 2014.

The ACCC provided a submission to the Government’s public consultation on the Final Report on 29 May 2015.

In October 2016, the ACCC made a submission on the changes the Government proposes to make to the CCA following the Harper Review.   

In January 2017, the ACCC made a submission to the Economics Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2016.   

Communications

Submission title Description
ACCC submission on the draft NBN Migration Assurance Policy – 26 August 2015 ( PDF 347.66 KB | DOCX 366.32 KB )

NBN Migration Assurance Policy

In August 2015 the ACCC made a submission on the draft policy of the Department of Communications that is designed to facilitate an improved experience for consumers migrating to the NBN.

ACCC submission to the Regional Telecommunications Review ( PDF 155.49 KB | DOCX 365.19 KB ) - July 2015

Regional Telecommunications Review

In July 2015 the ACCC made a submission to the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee’s issues paper.

ACCC submission to the BCR consultation paper - 1 June 2015 ( PDF 490.54 KB | DOCX 66.13 KB ) - June 2015

ACCC submission to the BCR final consultation paper ( PDF 203.98 KB | DOCX 87 KB ) - November 2015

BCR review of NBN non-commercial services funding options

The review by Bureau of Communications Research of the funding arrangements for NBN fixed wireless and satellite services follows the Government’s response to the Vertigan review.

The ACCC made a submission to the first BCR discussion paper on 5 June 2015.

The ACCC made a second submission to BCR's final consultation paper on 6 November 2015.

ACCC submission to the review of the TCP Code ( PDF 459.85 KB | DOCX 91.74 KB ) - November 2014

Communications Alliance consultation on revised draft Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code and Operation Codes

In November 2014 the ACCC made a submission to Communications Alliance's review of the TCP Code and Operation Codes.

ACCC submission on ACMA’s proposed reductions in telecommunications reporting requirements ( PDF 401.3 KB | DOCX 59.08 KB ) - 5 May 2014

ACMA consultation on Reductions in Telecommunications Reporting Requirements

In May 2014, the ACCC provided a submission in response to the Australian Communications and Media Authority consultation paper on Proposals for Reductions in Telecommunications Reporting Requirements.

ACCC submission to the Vertigan Committee Review of Regulation Framing Paper - March 2014 ( PDF 546.83 KB | DOCX 96.79 KB ) - 14 March 2014

ACCC submission to the Vertigan Committee Review of Telecommunications Regulatory Arrangements Consultation Paper - April 2014 ( PDF 594.8 KB | DOCX 114.73 KB ) - 14 April 2014

The Independent Cost Benefit Analysis and Review of Regulation

The Independent Cost Benefit Analysis and Review of Regulation incorporates a legislative review of the telecommunications access regime in Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. An initial regulatory issues framing paper was released on 14 February 2014.

The ACCC provided a submission in response to the issues paper on 14 March 2014.

A second consultation paper regarding telecommunications regulatory arrangements was released on 24 March 2014. The ACCC provided a submission in response to the consultation paper on 14 April 2014.

ACCC submission to the Mobile Coverage Programme discussion paper ( PDF 80.6 KB | DOCX 49.65 KB ) - 28 February 2014

Department of Communications mobile coverage program discussion paper

In February 2014, the ACCC provided a submission to the Department of Communications’ Mobile Coverage Programme discussion paper.

ACCC submission to the Department of Communications review of digital radio - 6 February 2014

Department of Communications review of digital radio

The ACCC provided a submission to the Department of Communications’ review of digital radio on the 5 February 2014.

ACCC submission to ALRC issues paper - 16 November 2012

ACCC submission to ALRC discussion paper - 31 July 2013

Australian Law Reform Commission review of copyright in the digital economy

The ACCC provided two submissions to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s review on the 16 November 2012 and 31 July 2013.

ACCC submission to the Convergence Review Framing Paper ( PDF 104.05 KB | DOC 125 KB ) - June 2011

ACCC submission to the Convergence Review Interim Report ( PDF 52.93 KB | DOC 75.5 KB ) - February 2012

Convergence review

The Convergence Review was an independent review established by the Australian Government in 2010 to examine the policy and regulatory frameworks that apply to the media and communications sectors. The final report of the review was released in April 2012.

The ACCC provided submissions to the Convergence Review Framing Paper in June 2011 and to the Convergence Review Interim Report in February 2012.

ACCC submission to DBCDE on the review of Universal Service Policy - November 2010 ( PDF 73.73 KB ) - November 2010

DBCDE review of universal service policy - 2010

The ACCC provided a submission to the 'Implementation of Universal Service Policy for the transition to the National Broadband Network environment - Discussion Paper' in November 2010.

ACCC regulatory reform submission - June 2009 ( PDF 1.72 MB ) - June 2009

DBCDE regulatory reform review - 2009

The ACCC provided a submission to the 'National Broadband Network: Regulatory Reform for 21st Century Broadband - Discussion paper' in June 2009.

ACCC letter to Anne Hurley - 25 Feb 08 ( PDF 114.04 KB ) - November 2007

Communications Alliance

Submissions to Communications Alliance processes

ACCC USO Public submission 2007 ( PDF 77.07 KB ) - 23 August 2004

DBCDE review of the universal service obligation - USO

The ACCC provided a submission to the USO review in November 2007.

ACCC submission on multichannelling ( PDF 220.03 KB ) - 23 August 2004

LECG report on multichannelling ( PDF 793.47 KB ) - August 2004

Review of restrictions on multichannelling and other services

The Australian Government called for submissions to the first digital television review. The ACCC provided a submission, along with a report by consultant LECG on multichannelling.

Submission to DCITA ( PDF 87.47 KB ) - 13 October 2004

Provision of commercial television broadcasting services after 31 December 2006

In October 2004 the ACCC provided a submission to DCITA's issues paper 'Provision of commercial television broadcasting services after 31 December 2006'.

Energy

Submission title Description
Submission on Review into the scope of economic regulation applied to covered pipelines Issues Paper ( PDF 438.79 KB ) - 17 August 2017

Submission on Review into the scope of economic regulation applied to covered pipelines Issues Paper

On 17 August 2017, the ACCC provided a submission to the Australian Energy Market Commission on its Review into the scope of economic regulation applied to covered pipelines Issues Paper.

ACCC submission on Gas Pipeline Information Disclosure and Arbitration Framework Implementation Options Paper ( PDF 608.98 KB | DOCX 172.53 KB ) - 13 April 2017

Submission on Gas Pipeline Information Disclosure and Arbitration Framework Implementation Options Paper 

On 13 April 2017, the ACCC provided a submission to the Gas Market Reform Group (established by the COAG Energy Council) on its Gas Pipeline Information Disclosure and Arbitration Framework Implementation Options Paper.

Financial services

Submission title Description
ACCC submission to Productivity Commission Inquiry into Competition in the Australian Financial System ( PDF 394.42 KB )

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Competition in the Australian Financial System

In May 2017, the Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12-month Inquiry into competition in Australia's financial system.

On 15 September 2017, the ACCC provided a submission in response to the Consultation Paper and the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry.

Industry codes

Submission title Description
Horticultural code submission ( PDF 251.37 KB ) - 16 September 2015

Horticulture Code

On 3 June 2015, the government launched an independent review of the mandatory Horticulture Code of Conduct. On 16 September 2015 the ACCC made a submission to the review.

Oilcode submission ( PDF 293.04 KB ) - 13 October 2015

Oilcode

In December 2014, the Department of Industry commenced a review of the mandatory Oilcode. On 13 October 2015 the ACCC made a submission to the review.

Intellectual property

 

Submission title Description
ACCC submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into IP arrangements in Australia ( PDF 556.46 KB | DOCX 113.84 KB )  - 30 November 2015

Productivity Commission Inquiry into Intellectual Property arrangements in Australia

In August 2015 the Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to undertake a 12 month public inquiry into Australia's intellectual property system, including their effect on investment, competition, trade, innovation and consumer welfare.

In November 2015, the ACCC provided a submission in response to the issues paper.

Misuse of market power

Submission title Description

Targeted review of the Commerce Act 1986 (NZ) cross submission ( PDF 1.25 MB | DOCX 96.86 KB ) - 21 July 2016

ACCC submission to the Targeted Review of NZC Act ( PDF 190.81 KB | DOCX 75.96 KB ) - 12 February 2016

 

Targeted review of the Commerce Act 1986 (NZ) cross submission

The ACCC provided a submission to the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Review of the Commerce Act on 12 February 2016 in relation to misuse of market power.  

In July 2016, in response to the NZ MBIE request for further submissions, the ACCC provided a second submission to the process.

ACCC submission to the Treasury ( PDF 360.91 KB | DOCX 110.92 KB ) - 11 February 2016

Options to strengthen the misuse of market power law

The ACCC provided a submission to the Government’s public consultation on options to strengthen the misuse of market power law on 11 February 2016.

Motor vehicles

Submission title Description

ACCC submission to the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development ( PDF 3.12 MB ) - 31 October 2014

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development consultation on the 2014 review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989

In October 2014 the ACCC provided a submission to the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development on its Options Discussion Paper for the 2014 review of the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989.

Enforcement, penalties and remedies

Submission title Description
ACCC submission - Inquiry into whistleblower protections ( PDF 166.26 KB ) - 10 February 2017

Inquiry into whistleblower protections in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors

In February 2017 the ACCC made a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services Inquiry into whistleblower protections in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors.

ACCC submission to the 2016 white collar crime penalties inquiry ( PDF 343.38 KB | DOCX 123.58 KB )

Senate inquiry into criminal, civil and administrative penalties for white collar crime 

In April 2016 the ACCC made a submission to the Senate inquiry into white collar crime covering the issue of penalties and remedies in the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Australian Consumer Law.

Privatisations

Submission title Description

ACCC submission to the inquiry into the proposed lease of the Port of Melbourne ( PDF 257.29 KB | DOCX 102.19 KB )  - 14 September 2015

Inquiry into the Proposed Lease of the Port of Melbourne

In September 2015 the ACCC made a submission to the Victorian Legislative Council’s Select Committee inquiry into the proposed lease of the Port of Melbourne.

Water

Submission title Description
ACCC submission to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Management, Governance and Use of Environmental Water ( PDF 3.95 MB ) - 25 August 2017

Inquiry into the Management, Governance and Use of Environmental Water

In August 2017, the ACCC made a submission to the Inquiry into the management, governance and use of environmental water in Victoria, conducted by the Victorian Parliament’s Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee. The Committee will report by no later than June 2018.
ACCC submission to the National Water Reform Inquiry Issues Paper ( PDF 805.54 KB | DOCX 215.4 KB ) - 18 April 2017

National Water Reform Inquiry

The ACCC provided a submission to the Issues Paper for the Productivity Commission’s National Water Reform Inquiry on 18 April. This inquiry is required under the Water Act 2007 (Cth).

ACCC submission to the review of the Water Act 2007 ( PDF 278.76 KB | DOCX 65.79 KB ) - 4 July 2014

Review of the Water Act 2007

The ACCC provided a submission to the review of the Water Act 2007 on 4 July. The review is required by section 253 of the Water Act.

Waterfront and shipping

Submission title Description

ACCC submission to the Government's Options Paper: Approaches to regulating coastal shipping in Australia ( PDF 112.84 KB ) - May 2014

Approaches to regulating coastal shipping in Australia

In May 2014 the ACCC provided a submission to the Government Options Paper: Approaches to regulating coastal shipping in Australia.

Wheat export

Submission title Description

ACCC submission to the Department of Agriculture ( PDF 124.02 KB | DOCX 350.34 KB ) - June 2014

Mandatory code of conduct for bulk wheat port terminal access

In June 2014 the ACCC provided a submission on the draft Competition and Consumer (Industry Code – Port Terminal Access (Bulk Wheat)) Regulation 2014 and associated early assessment Regulation Impact Statement.