Focus areas

Title Industry Type Status
Wine grape market study Agriculture Market study Finalised

In 2018-19 the ACCC’s Agriculture Unit conducted a market study of the wine grape industry. The study examined competition, contracting practices, transparency, and risk allocation in wine grape supply chains.

Digital advertising services inquiry Digital Inquiry Finalised

On 10 February 2020 the Australian Government directed the ACCC to conduct an inquiry into markets for the supply of digital advertising technology services and digital advertising agency services.

Gas inquiry 2017-2025 Energy Inquiry Ongoing
Commenced 19 April 2017

On 19 April 2017, the Australian Government directed the ACCC to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into the supply of and demand for natural gas in Australia, as well as to publish regular information on the supply and pricing of gas for the next three years.

Electricity market monitoring 2018-2025 Energy Inquiry Ongoing

On 20 August 2018, the Treasurer directed the ACCC to hold a public inquiry that will monitor the prices, profits and margins in the supply of electricity in the National Electricity Market. The inquiry will provide its first report by 31 March 2019 and at least every six months thereafter until the conclusion of the inquiry on 31 August 2025.

Consumer data right (CDR) Multiple Focus area Ongoing

On 26 November 2017, the Australian Government introduced Consumer Data Right (CDR) in Australia. CDR will give consumers greater access to and control over their data and will improve consumers’ ability to compare and switch between products and services. It will encourage competition between service providers, leading not only to better prices for customers but also more innovative products and services.

Digital platform services inquiry 2020-2025 Digital Inquiry Ongoing

On 10 February 2020 the Australian Government directed the ACCC to conduct an inquiry into markets for the supply of digital platform services.

Agricultural machinery market study Agriculture Market study Finalised

The ACCC has set out to gain a better understanding of how the agricultural machinery industry operates, while focusing on key issues that have come to our attention relating to manufacturer warranties, and servicing and repairs.

Murray-Darling Basin water markets inquiry Water Inquiry Finalised
26 March 2021

The ACCC has been directed to conduct an inquiry into markets for tradeable water rights in the Murray-Darling Basin.

News media bargaining code Digital Focus area Finalised
9 December 2020

On 20 April 2020, the Australian Government announced it had directed the ACCC to develop a mandatory code of conduct to address bargaining power imbalances between Australian news media businesses and each of Google and Facebook.

Northern Australia insurance inquiry Insurance Inquiry Finalised

On 25 May 2017, the Australian Government directed the ACCC to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into the supply of home, contents and strata insurance in Northern Australia.

Perishable agricultural goods inquiry Agriculture Inquiry Finalised

On 26 August 2020, the Treasurer, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, directed the ACCC to commence a three-month inquiry into bargaining power imbalances in supply chains for perishable agricultural products in Australia.

Home loan price inquiry Financial services Inquiry Finalised

On 14 October 2019, the Treasurer directed the ACCC to conduct an inquiry into home loan pricing. The Treasurer directed that the Inquiry cover the period from 1 January 2019 and impediments to consumers switching to alternative home loan suppliers.

CDR in the energy sector Energy Focus area Ongoing

The CDR will commence in the energy sector in the first half of 2020.

Retail electricity pricing inquiry 2017-2018 Energy Inquiry Finalised
Final report published

On 27 March 2017, the Treasurer directed the ACCC to hold an inquiry into the supply of retail electricity and the competitiveness of retail electricity prices.