Small business

East coast gas market supply imbalance needs to be addressed

Australia’s east coast gas market remains incredibly tight and users are paying for this with high prices and limited sources of competing supply.

The east coast gas market is at a crossroads and the only real choice is to address the fundamental supply problem, particularly in the south.

The supply situation is most stark in the case of the southern part of the east coast, with the ACCC’s gas inquiry finding that there is not enough production forecast in the southern states to meet southern demand in 2018.

2018 compliance & enforcement priorities

In his annual CEDA address, Chairman Rod Sims launched the ACCC's 2018 Compliance and Enforcement policy. This year, the ACCC will focus on consumer issues in broadband services and energy, competition in the financial services and commercial construction sectors, systemic consumer guarantee issues, and conduct that may contravene the new misuse of market power and concerted practices provisions.

ACCCount 1 October to 31 December 2017

ACCCount details the ACCC's activities in the enforcement of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, merger reviews, compliance actions, adjudication issues, economic regulation and international involvement.

Celebrating 40 years of making markets work

Whether it is labelling claims made about the honey on your toast or a takeover bid for the company that supplies your milk, the Competition and Consumer Act influences every business-to-business and business-to-consumer transaction in Australia.

The Trade Practices Act 1974 was renamed the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and has gone through many reviews, but the original principles of promoting efficiency and competition and protecting consumers from unfair practices remain.

Small business in focus - 1 July to 31 December 2017

This twice-yearly report provides a summary of ACCC activities in the small business, franchising and agriculture sectors.