Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC)
(formerly the Trade Practices Commission)
From ACCC site, 'About the ACCC - Our Role' (2014)
Competitive markets increase the prosperity and welfare of Australian consumers. Our role is to protect, strengthen and supplement the way competition works in Australian markets and industries to improve the efficiency of the economy and to increase the welfare of Australians.
This means we will take action where this improves consumer welfare, protects competition or stops conduct that is anti-competitive or harmful to consumers, and promotes the proper functioning of Australian markets.
Our priorities are reflected in four key goals:
- maintain and promote competition and remedy market failure
- protect the interests and safety of consumers and support fair trading in markets
- promote the economically efficient operation of, use of and investment in monopoly infrastructure
- increase our engagement with the broad range of groups affected by what we do.
ACCC initiatives also include promoting consumer education in regional and rural areas and with indigenous communities.
Our role complements that of state and territory consumer affairs agencies who administer mirror consumer protection legislation in their jurisdictions, and the policy work of The Treasury’s Competition and Consumer Policy Division.
2011 (1 August) -
2003 - 31 July 2011
1995 - 2003
For a list of past chairs, deputy chairs and commissioners see: