Media

ACCC decides interim authorisation not needed for Port of Brisbane and Carnival

The ACCC has decided not to grant interim authorisation to the Port of Brisbane and the cruise ship operator Carnival for their proposed licence agreement relating to a proposed new cruise ship terminal.

“The decision was based on there being no conduct to which the interim authorisation would apply. It does not involve any assessment of the merits of the application for final authorisation,” ACCC Commissioner Roger Featherston said.

ACCC inquiry into NBN Wholesale service standards

The ACCC has today announced a public inquiry to determine whether NBN wholesale service standard levels are appropriate, and to consider whether regulation is necessary to improve customer experiences.
The inquiry will focus on the ability to enforce appropriate service standard levels at a wholesale level, including redress arrangements when consumers seek compensation at a retail level when those wholesale standards are not met.

ACCC welcomes 5G but flags competition issues

The ACCC is rethinking the way it approaches spectrum competition issues ahead of the upcoming 5G auction, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said today.

At the RadComms conference in Sydney today, Mr Sims also urged government to take a long-term, consumer-centric approach to spectrum allocations.

“Traditionally, the ACCC has sought to prevent dominance of spectrum by any one licensee in particular bands. However, we are rethinking this approach,” Mr Sims told the conference.

ACCC releases updated Media Merger Guidelines

Following recent reforms to media ownership laws, the ACCC has released its updated Media Merger Guidelines.

The revised guidelines detail the ACCC’s approach to media merger reviews and outline areas of potential focus, including the role of premium content, diversity in the Australian media landscape, and the impact technological change and innovation is having on the media industry more broadly.

ACCC seeks comment on voluntary code for pop-up shops

The ACCC has today released a draft determination proposing to grant re-authorisation to the Shopping Centre Council of Australia Ltd (SCCA) for its Casual Mall Licensing Code of Practice.

The voluntary Code of Practice applies to shopping centre owners and manager who sign on to it. It regulates the terms on which participating shopping centres will grant casual licences to temporary retailers such as 'pop-up' shops.

ACCC issues extensive report on communications market

The ACCC has today published its draft report detailing its market study of the communications sector, which includes 29 recommendations spanning a wide range of competition and consumer issues in communications markets.

The year-long market study has seen the ACCC release an issues paper and consult with a wide range of industry participants and consumers, including considering 64 submissions and over 1000 responses to a consumer questionnaire and hosting a two-day industry forum. 

Draft decision on fee free ATMs in remote Indigenous communities

The ACCC has issued a draft determination proposing to grant re-authorisation to parties to provide fee free ATM services in very remote Indigenous communities for 10 years.

Under the arrangement, participating banks and ATM deployers provide fee-free ATM withdrawals and balance enquiries at up to 85 selected ATMs for customers of those banks. The ACCC previously authorised the arrangement in 2012 for five years, which expires in December.