Telstra is subject to various retail price control arrangements, which are made by the Minister for Communications under the Telecommunications (Consumer Protection and Service Standards) Act 1999.
The retail price controls apply to a range of Telstra’s fixed-line voice services. Currently, the price controls limit Telstra’s ability to increase prices for three baskets of services and 10 specified connection service products.
The ACCC reviewed the retail price control arrangements in 2010 at the request of the Minister. The terms of reference to the review stated that the ACCC should consider the design and level of possible price control arrangements from July 2010 to June 2012. The ACCC reported the outcomes to the Minister in March 2010.