Domestic airline monitoring

  • The ACCC tracks the prices, costs and profits of the major domestic airlines. These are Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Rex airlines.
  • We publish a report on domestic airline passenger services every 3 months.

What the ACCC does

  • We track and report prices, costs and profits of domestic airline passenger services.

What the ACCC can't do

  • We don’t track international airline services or dedicated air freight services.
  • We don’t regulate airfares.

What we do in the domestic airline monitoring

The ACCC tracks the prices, costs and profits of the major domestic airlines. These are Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia and Rex airlines.

In our role, we collect data from these airlines about their domestic passenger services.

We do this to:

  • uncover behaviour in the industry that may damage competition
  • identify signs that competition in the industry is not effective.

The ACCC may take enforcement action in response to anti-competitive behaviour. We may also recommend policy options to government, if we see signs that competition in the industry is not effective.

We report our findings to the Treasurer at least once every 3 months. We’re required to do this for 3 years from June 2020. See our latest monitoring report.

The legal basis of our functions

Our functions come from the Competition and Consumer (Price Monitoring—Domestic Air Passenger Transport) Direction 2020. The Treasurer issued this direction under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 in June 2020.

The parts of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 on anti-competitive behaviour and mergers also apply to airlines.

Airline monitoring reports

We publish a report on domestic airline passenger services every 3 months.

Latest monitoring report

Tenth report on the ACCC’s monitoring of Australian domestic air passenger transport services.
6 Dec 2022

Previous monitoring reports

See Airline competition monitoring reports for a complete list of published reports.
 

Report anti-competitive behaviour to the ACCC

Anyone can report anti-competitive behaviour to the ACCC. This includes in domestic airline passenger services. We use these reports to identify issues that need investigation.

Make a report to the ACCC

See also

Media release: ACCC to monitor competition in the domestic airline market

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulates civil aviation safety in Australia.

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