Focus areas

Title(desc) Industry Type Status
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.

Cattle and beef market study Agriculture Market study Finalised

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.

CDR in the energy sector Energy Focus area Ongoing

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

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.

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.

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 began a review of customer loyalty schemes with a focus on the major customer loyalty schemes available in Australia.

Dairy inquiry Agriculture Inquiry Finalised

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

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.