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  • Quad Bike Safety: Issues Paper

    The ACCC has established a taskforce to conduct an investigation into quad bike safety and consider the merits of implementing a safety standard for quad bikes under the Australian Consumer Law (ACL). As part of this process, the ACCC has released the Quad Bike Safety Issues Paper... More
    Opened 1 week ago
  • Communications sector market study – Draft report

    In October 2017 the ACCC released its draft report for the communications sector market study. We invite interested parties to make a submission in response to the draft report findings and proposed recommendations and actions. Download the draft report at Communications sector market study... More
    Opened 3 weeks ago
  • Guidelines and interim forms for merger and non-merger authorisations

    Significant reforms to the authorisation and notification provisions of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) came into effect on 6 November. Under these reforms the: ACCC is the first instance decision maker on applications for merger authorisation authorisation test for... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Interim guidelines on concerted practices

    In the coming weeks the Australian Government will implement reforms to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) prohibiting parties from engaging in a concerted practice that has the purpose, effect, or likely effect of substantially lessening competition. We have prepared interim... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Interim guidelines on section 46 reforms

    Important reforms to section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) will come into effect in the coming weeks. Under these reforms a firm with a substantial degree of market power is prohibited from engaging in conduct that has the purpose, effect or likely effect of substantially... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Northern Australia Insurance Inquiry

    Our Northern Australia Insurance Inquiry will help to address concerns about insurance affordability, promote more informed and more competitive insurance markets and make a difference for consumers in northern Australia. The law gives the ACCC power to get information from insurers that... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • AER wholesale electricity forum

    Thank you for attending the AER’s public forum on developing our approach to monitoring the performance of wholesale electricity markets. We ask that you complete this short survey to help us improve future events. Responses will be kept anonymous unless you choose to provide your details at the... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • CAANZ consultation on guidance about the application of the ACL to charities, not-for-profit entities and fundraising

    Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) seeks your views on draft guidance on the application of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) to the activities of charities, not-for-profit entities and fundraisers. By participating in this survey you give permission for CAANZ to include your... More
    Opened 1 month ago
  • Consumer directed aged care

    The ACCC wants to provide information to consumers and providers who use or sell aged care services about their consumer rights and obligations. We would appreciate your ideas about how we can help older consumers understand their rights. We would also like to assist providers of consumer... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Takata airbag proposed compulsory recall

    On 21 September 2017, the Minister for Small Business, the Hon. Michael McCormack, issued a proposed recall notice for a compulsory recall of certain vehicles with defective Takata airbags installed and inflators salvaged from these vehicles. See: Proposed recall notice and draft recall... More
    Opened 2 months ago
  • Draft report of the new car retailing industry market study

    In August 2017, the ACCC released the draft report of the new car retailing industry market study . Confidentiality To facilitate an informed and open consultation, we will treat all submissions as public and publish them on our website. Any parties wishing to submit... More
    Opened 3 months ago
  • Electricity supply and prices inquiry public forums

    The ACCC is inviting electricity customers to participate in a series of public forums as part of the Electricity supply and prices inquiry . Attendees will have the opportunity to raise competition and pricing issues in the retail electricity sector with ACCC Commissioners. Forums are... More
    Opened 5 months ago
  • 2017 NBN SIO RKR consultation

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek submissions on the ACCC's review of the operation of the NBN SIO RKR. The NBN SIO RKR is due to expire on 30 September 2017. The ACCC is seeking views on whether the RKR should be extended, extended and varied, or allowed to expire. Submissions... More
    Opened 5 months ago
  • Households wanted to help test broadband speeds

    The ACCC is testing broadband speeds across Australia. Our broadband performance monitoring program will measure the typical speeds and performance of people’s home internet connections. We’re looking for 2000 households to test in the first year. We will work with an independent testing... More
    Opened 5 months ago
  • Expanding the scope of the mandatory safety standard for self-balancing scooters

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is consulting on expanding the scope of the national safety standard for self-balancing scooters (also known as hoverboards, gliders, smart boards, sky walkers or mod boards) to include single wheeled self-balancing scooters (also known as... More
    Opened 5 months ago
  • Inquiry into retail electricity prices and supply

    The Treasurer has directed the ACCC to hold an inquiry into the retail supply of electricity and the competitiveness of retail electricity markets in the National Electricity Market. The National Electricity Market is the wholesale market that covers Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria,... More
    Opened 6 months ago
  • Part IIIA deferral of arbitrations and backdating of determinations guidelines

    On 26 May 2017 the ACCC released draft guidelines relating to deferral of arbitrations and backdating of determinations under Part IIIA, for public comment. The original guidelines, which were required to be made by legislative instrument, will sunset on 1 October 2017. Because the ACCC’s... More
    Opened 6 months ago
  • Domestic mobile roaming declaration inquiry

    On 2 June 2017, Vodafone Hutchison Australia made an application to the Federal Court of Australia under the Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1977, seeking review of the ACCC’s conduct in holding a public inquiry under the Telecommunications Act 1997. The matter is listed... More
    Opened 7 months ago
  • Pasture Raised on Open Fields (PROOF) - CTM

    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued an initial assessment proposing to approve certification trade mark (CTM) Number 1784876. The CTM bears the words ‘Pastured Proof – Pasture Raised on Open Fields’. In May 2017 the ACCC invited comments on the CTM... More
    Opened 7 months ago
  • Consultation paper – Long term solution to unsafe decorative alcohol fuelled devices

    The ACCC invites you to provide information and comment on a consultation paper to inform the development of a long term solution to unsafe decorative alcohol fuelled devices. The consultation paper outlines what the ACCC sees as the relevant policy options, and sets out a number of questions.... More
    Opened 7 months ago
  • ACCC review of BP’s proposed acquisition of Woolworths’ retail service stations

    BP Australia is proposing to acquire Woolworths’ network of service stations. BP also plans to enter into an ongoing partnership with Woolworths in relation to food and convenience stores at service stations. Woolworths’ shopper dockets will continue to be redeemable at former Woolworths... More
    Opened 8 months ago
  • Consumer with disability (CWD) education project

    Australia's consumer protection agencies would greatly appreciate your honest feedback about the education materials that have been produced to help you understand your consumer rights. Your responses will be used to measure how useful the materials are and whether they can be improved. ... More
    Opened 8 months ago
  • 2017 ACCC/AER Regulatory Conference

    Innovation and Better Regulation The 2017 ACCC/AER Regulatory Conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel Brisbane on Thursday 27 July (commencing at 8:30am) and Friday 28 July (finishing at 12:30pm, followed by lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm). The cost to attend the conference is $1500 per... More
    Opened 8 months ago
  • Superfast broadband access service & local bitstream access service final access determination joint inquiry

    The ACCC has decided to conduct a further two week consultation on three proposed modifications to the pricing approach prior to making a final decision on the SBAS and LBAS FADs. The SBAS/LBAS FAD inquiry further consultation paper is available on the ACCC website. Submissions to the... More
    Opened 8 months ago
  • ACCC report to the Senate on private health insurance

    The ACCC is consulting on its 18th annual report to the Senate on the private health insurance industry for the period 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016. The ACCC is tasked by an order of the Senate to report on any anti‑competitive or other practices by health insurers or providers which reduce... More
    Opened 9 months ago
  • ACCC review of Healthe Care’s proposal to buy Pulse Health, including the Forster Private Hospital

    Healthe Care is planning to buy Pulse Health who owns 12 healthcare facilities in Australia – five in NSW, four in Queensland, and three in Victoria. In particular, Pulse Health owns the Forster Private Hospital (formerly known as the Cape Hawke Community Private Hospital). Healthe Care... More
    Opened 9 months ago
  • Standard Review - Prams and Strollers

    The ACCC invites you to have your say on the issues and policy options in the consultation paper on the review of the product safety standard for prams and strollers . The issues in this paper have been briefly summarised below. Refer to the related documents at the foot of this page for the... More
    Opened 9 months ago
  • Review of mandatory safety standards for children's toys

    The ACCC invites you to have your say on the issues and policy options in the consultation document on the review of five mandatory safety standards for children's toys. The issues in this paper have been briefly summarised below, please refer to the document for further details. The ACCC... More
    Opened 10 months ago
  • ACCC Dairy Inquiry farmer consultation forums

    The ACCC is inviting dairy farmers to participate in a series of public forums as part of the ACCC’s Dairy Inquiry. The purpose of the forums is to hear directly from dairy farmers about competition and fair trading issues that affect them. The Dairy Inquiry commenced in November 2016 and... More
    Opened 10 months ago
  • Combined superfast broadband access service & local bitstream access service final access determination inquiry

    The ACCC is undertaking a combined public inquiry to make a final access determination (FAD) for the superfast broadband access service (SBAS) and the local bitstream access service (LBAS). The SBAS and LBAS are wholesale services supplied on non-NBN networks able to be used by access seekers... More
    Opened 1 year ago
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