The Australian Energy Regulator is Australia’s national energy market regulator and an independent statutory authority. The AER is funded by the Commonwealth with its staff, resources and facilities provided from the ACCC.


Mergers and acquisitions are important for the efficient functioning of the economy. They allow firms to achieve efficiencies and diversify risk across a range of activities. However, the Competition and Consumer Act prohibits mergers that would have the effect, or be likely to have the effect, of substantially lessening competition in a market.