This report contains observations about the key consumer and fair trading issues arising from COVID-19. It also details the activities conducted by the ACCC to assist consumers and businesses deal with the immediate impacts of the pandemic, as well as providing insights into the work being undertaken to address the long-term effects of COVID-19.
These guidelines set out how the ACCC will interpret Part XICA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA) and they explain the general approach the ACCC will take in investigating alleged contraventions of Part XICA. They include a number of examples of the types of conduct that the ACCC considers are likely or unlikely to contravene Part XICA.
The ACCC preliminary report into the electricity market highlights significant concerns about the operation of the National Electricity Market, which is leading to serious problems with affordability for consumers and businesses.