Energy

  • The ACCC monitors and enforces the Electricity Retail Code for electricity retailers. We also enforce the parts of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 that prohibit misconduct in the electricity market.
  • We are running an electricity market inquiry. This monitors prices, profits and margins in the supply of electricity in the national energy market. 
  • We are also conducting a gas inquiry into the supply of and demand for natural gas in Australia.
  • We don't regulate monopoly energy infrastructure. The Australian Energy Regulator is responsible for this function.

Projects

Title Type Status
Gas inquiry 2017-30 Inquiry Ongoing
Commenced 19 April 2017

On 19 April 2017, the Australian Government directed the ACCC to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into the supply of and demand for natural gas in Australia, and to publish regular information on the supply and pricing of gas for the next 3 years. On 25 July 2019, the Treasurer wrote to the ACCC extending the inquiry until December 2025.

Electricity market monitoring inquiry 2018-25 Inquiry Ongoing

On 20 August 2018, the Treasurer directed the ACCC to hold a public inquiry into the prices, profits and margins in the supply of electricity in the national electricity market. The terms of reference required a first report by 31 March 2019 and then every 6 months until the end of the inquiry on 31 August 2025.

CDR in the energy sector Focus area Ongoing

The CDR will commence in the energy sector in the first half of 2020.

Retail electricity pricing inquiry 2017-2018 Inquiry Finalised
Final report published

On 27 March 2017, the Treasurer directed the ACCC to hold an inquiry into the supply of retail electricity and the competitiveness of retail electricity prices.

East Coast Gas Inquiry 2015 Inquiry Finalised
April 2016

On 13 April 2015 the Minister for Small Business directed the ACCC to hold an inquiry into the competitiveness of the wholesale gas industry.

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