Focus areas

Title Industry Type(desc) Status
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Dairy inquiry Agriculture Inquiry Finalised
2018

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