Focus areas

Title Industry Type Statussort descending
New car retailing industry market study Automotive Market study Finalised
August 2017

In 2016-17, the ACCC conducted a market study of the new car retailing industry. The study focused on present and emerging competition and consumer issues in the industry. 

Cattle and beef market study Agriculture Market study Finalised
Complete

In 2016-17 the ACCC’s Agriculture Unit conducted a market study of the cattle and beef sector. The market study examined competition, transparency and efficiency in cattle and beef supply chains.

Residential mortgage products price inquiry Financial services Inquiry Finalised

On 9 May 2017 the Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, directed the ACCC to conduct an inquiry into residential mortgage products.

Communications sector market study Communications Market study Finalised
4 July 2017

The ACCC has commenced a market study of the communications sector. The study will examine existing or emerging competition and consumer issues in the sector.

Digital platforms inquiry Media Inquiry Finalised

On 4 December 2017, the then Treasurer, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, directed the ACCC to conduct an inquiry into digital platforms. The inquiry looked at the effect that digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content aggregation platforms have on competition in media and advertising services markets. In particular, the inquiry looked at the impact of digital platforms on the supply of news and journalistic content and the implications of this for media content creators, advertisers and consumers.

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.

Feminine hygiene products price monitoring Consumer products Monitoring Finalised

On 28 November 2018, the Treasurer directed the ACCC to monitor the prices, costs and profits relating to the supply of menstrual products in the feminine hygiene products industry in Australia.

Customer loyalty schemes review Multiple Review Finalised

As part of addressing the ACCC’s 2019 compliance and enforcement priority into competition and consumer issues arising from customer loyalty schemes, the ACCC commenced a review of customer loyalty schemes with a focus on the major customer loyalty schemes available in Australia.

Dairy inquiry Agriculture Inquiry Finalised
2018

The ACCC conducted an inquiry into the competitiveness, trading practices, and transparency of the Australian dairy industry.

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.

Consumer data right (CDR) Multiple Focus area Ongoing

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

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.

Energy CDR Energy Focus area Ongoing

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