Focus areas

Title Industry Type Status
Childcare inquiry Childcare Inquiry Ongoing

On 28 October 2022, the Treasurer directed the ACCC to conduct an inquiry into the market for the supply of childcare services. The inquiry is to commence by 1 January 2023 and provide an interim report by no later than 30 June 2023, and a final report by 31 December 2023.

Gas inquiry 2017-30 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, and to publish regular information on the supply and pricing of gas for the next 3 years. On 25 July 2019, the Treasurer wrote to the ACCC extending the inquiry until December 2025.

Electricity market monitoring inquiry 2018-25 Energy Inquiry Ongoing

On 20 August 2018, the Treasurer directed the ACCC to hold a public inquiry into the prices, profits and margins in the supply of electricity in the national electricity market. The terms of reference required a first report by 31 March 2019 and then every 6 months until the end of the inquiry on 31 August 2025.

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.

Digital platform services inquiry 2020-25 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.

Regional mobile infrastructure inquiry 2022-23 Communications Inquiry Ongoing
2022-2023

On 31 March 2022, the Australian Government announced that it had directed the ACCC to conduct an inquiry into towers used in the supply of mobile telecommunications and other radiocommunications services in regional areas, and into the feasibility of providing mobile roaming during natural disasters or other emergencies.

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.

News media bargaining code Digital Focus area Finalised
9 December 2020

The News Media Bargaining Code governs commercial relationships between Australian news businesses and ‘designated’ digital platforms who benefit from a significant bargaining power imbalance.

Foreign currency conversion services inquiry Financial services Inquiry Finalised

On 2 October 2018, the Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP, issued a notice approving the ACCC to hold an inquiry into the supply of foreign currency conversion services in Australia.

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.

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.

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.