Focus areas

Title Industry(desc) Type Status
Regional mobile infrastructure inquiry 2022-23 Communications Inquiry Submissions due
5 August 2022

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.

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.

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.

Gas inquiry 2017-25 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.

CDR in the energy sector Energy Focus area Ongoing

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

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.

Dairy inquiry Agriculture Inquiry Finalised
2018

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

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.

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.

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.

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.