ACCC role in airports & aviation

The ACCC has a number of roles in relation to airports and aviation services. These roles are primarily related to promoting transparency about services that may be provided in sectors with little or no competition. We do not have any regulatory responsibilities in relation to the industry.

Our responsibilities

Our responsibilities include:

  • monitoring prices, costs, profits and quality of aeronautical and car parking services at Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney airports
  • monitoring prices, costs and profits of domestic air passenger transport services
  • assessing notifications of proposed price increases from Sydney Airport in relation to regional air services
  • assessing notifications of proposed price increases from Airservices Australia, which provides air traffic control and aviation fire-fighting and rescue services to airports and airlines.

Monitoring of the major airports

We monitor prices, costs, profits and quality of aeronautical and car parking services at Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney airports. We fulfil this role through an annual report to the Treasurer.

The purpose of the monitoring is to provide transparency over the airports’ performance and enable some general observations to be made regarding whether they are taking advantage of a lack of competition.

The monitoring of prices, costs and profits is in accordance with directions to the ACCC under section 95ZE of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act). The monitoring of the quality of aeronautical services is in accordance with Part 8 of the Airports Act 1996.

Direction to monitor aeronautical services at major airports ( PDF 72.15 KB )

Direction to monitor car parking services at major airports ( PDF 34.42 KB )

See: Airports monitoring

Monitoring of the domestic airlines

We also monitor prices, costs and profits of domestic air passenger transport services in accordance with the direction issued by the Treasurer under the Act in June 2020. The ACCC is required to report on its findings at least quarterly over a three-year period.

The purpose of the monitoring is to identify behaviour within the industry which may be damaging competition and enable a response by either the ACCC or government.

Direction: Competition and Consumer (Price Monitoring—Domestic Air Passenger Transport) Direction 2020

See: Airlines monitoring

The general provisions of the Act relating to anti-competitive behaviour (including mergers) and consumer protection also apply to airlines.

Assessing price notifications

We are also responsible for assessing notifications of proposed price increases from:

  • Sydney Airport in relation to regional air services
  • Airservices Australia in relation to air traffic control and aviation fire-fighting and rescue services to airports and airlines.

See: Airports projects for details and a list of price notifications.

See also: Regulatory approach to price notifications

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Airports projects

Airports monitoring

Airlines monitoring

Price notifications

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