Project overview

Type

Status

Announcement of the inquiry

On 25 January 2024, the Australian Government announced that it will direct the ACCC to conduct an inquiry into Australia’s supermarket sector.

The inquiry will examine the pricing practices of the supermarkets and the relationship between wholesale, including farmgate, and retail prices.

The formal direction from the Australian Government was received on 1 February 2024, including the terms of reference.

Timeframe

The supermarkets inquiry will run for one year.

We expect to publish an issues paper in February 2024 seeking views on the key issues we will consider in this inquiry.

An interim report will be provided to the Australian Government no later than 31 August 2024.

The final report is due to be provided no later than 28 February 2025.

Legal basis for the inquiry

Under Part VIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, the Treasurer can direct the ACCC to hold a price inquiry into a particular matter.

A price inquiry allows the ACCC to use its compulsory information-gathering powers to collect information from the relevant parties subject to the inquiry.

See also

Media release: ACCC to examine prices and competition in supermarket sector, 25 January 2024

Competition and Consumer (Price Inquiry—Supermarkets) Direction 2024

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