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Key Reports

Harper Report 2015 Dawson Report Hilmer Report
Cooney Report Griffiths Report Swanson Report

 

2017

Active (chronological from commencement date)

Digital platforms

Image representing ACCC inquiryInquiry into digital platforms
ACCC

Commenced: 4 December 2017
Terms of reference issued: 4 December 2017
Issues paper expected: January 2018
Preliminary report due: 4 December 2018
Final report due: 4 June 2019

 

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external linkCompetition in the Australian Financial System
Productivity Commission

Consultation Paper issued: 6 July 2017
Submissions due: 15 September 2017
Draft report due: early 2018
Final report due: 1 July 2018

Media release: 'Inquiry into the state of competition in the financial system' (Treasurer, 8 May 2017)

Image representing ACCC inquiryexternal linkInquiry into retail electricity prices and supply
ACCC

Terms of reference issued: 27 March 2017
Issues paper released: 31 May 2017
Submissions due: 30 June 2017
Preliminary report due: 27 September 2017
Final report due: 30 June 2018

See ACCC media release (31 May 2017)

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Image representing ACCC inquiryexternal linkDairy Inquiry
ACCC

Commenced: 27 October 2016
Interim report published: 30 November 2017
Final report due: 30 April 2018

On 28 September 2017 the Treasurer extended the reporting period from November 2017 until 30 April 2018.

Communications

Image representing ACCC inquiryexternal linkCommunications sector market study
ACCC

Issues paper released: 5 September 2016
Issues paper sub's closed: 14 October 2016
Draft report: 30 October 2017
Consultation on draft report: 30 October - 8 Dec 2017
Final report due:
Early 2018

 

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Image representing ACCC inquiryexternal linkInterim Guidelines on concerted practices
ACCC

Commenced: 25 October 2017
Submission due: 1 December 2017

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Image representing ACCC inquiryexternal linkInterim Guidelines on section 46 reforms
(misuse of market power)
ACCC

Commenced: 25 October 2017
Submission due: 1 December 2017

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Image representing ACCC inquiryexternal linkGuidelines and interim forms for merger and non-merger authorisations
ACCC

Commenced: 25 October 2017
Submission due: 1 December 2017

 

Concluded

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external linkHuman Services
Productivity Commission

Commenced: 29 April 2016
Issues Paper: 16 June 2016
Study Report: 5 December 2016
Draft report: 2 June 2017 ('Introducing Competition and Informed User Choice to Human Services')
Final Report: October 2017
NB: Follows Harper Review recommendation that human services sector be assessed

Image representing Parliamentary InquiryCompetition and Consumer Amendment (Abolition of Limited Merits Review) Bill 2017
Senate Environment and Communications Legislation Committee

Referred to Committee: 7 September 2017
Submissions due: 19 September 2017
Reported:
16 October 2017

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Image representing Treasury Inquiryexternal linkConsequential amendments to Competition and Consumer Regulations (Harper Review)
Treasury

Commenced: 9 August 2017
Submissions closed: 22 August 2017

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Image representing Treasury Inquiryexternal linkReducing barriers to new entrants to the banking sector - removing restrictions on the use of the term 'bank'
Treasury

Exposure draft legislation: Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Measures No. 8) Bill 2017: amendment to section 66 of Banking Act
Commenced: 17 July 2017
Submissions closed: 14 August 2017

Follows external linkColeman Review

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Image representing Treasury Inquiryexternal linkCompetitive Neutrality Review
Treasury

Commenced: 10 March 2017
Closed: 21 April 2017

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Image representing ACCC inquiryCattle and beef market study
ACCC

Issues paper released: 7 April 2016
Submissions due: 6 May 2016
Interim Report Published: 31 October 2016
Submissions on interim report due: 31 October 2016
Final Report released: 7 March 2017

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryCompetition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2016
Senate Economics Committee

Commenced: 1 December 2016
Submissions due: 9 January 2017
Reported: 16 February 2017
Recommendation: That bill be passed (some modification)

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Image representing ACCC inquiryWholesale ADSL service declaration inquiry 2016
ACCC

Discussion paper released: 4 July 2016
Submissions due: 29 July 2016
Final decision: 3 February 2017

 

2016

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Regulation of Agriculture
Productivity Commission

Commenced: 20 November 2015
Draft report released: 21 July 2016
Final report due: 15 November 2016

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Image representing Treasury InquiryCompetition and Consumer Amendment (Competition Policy Review) Bill 2016
Exposure Draft

Treasury

Commenced: 5 September 2016
Submissions due: 30 September 2016 (misuse of market power)
Submissions due: 28 October 2016 (all other aspects of bill)

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Image representing Parliamentary Inquiryexternal linkReview of the Part XIB telecommunications antiā€competitive conduct provisions: Discussion Paper
Department of Communication and the Arts

Commenced: 5 September 2016
Submissions due: 30 September 2016

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Image representing ACCC inquiryACCC Draft Framework for misuse of market power guidelines
ACCC

Commenced: 5 September 2016
Submissions due: 3 October 2016

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Image representing ACCC inquiryACCC Draft Framework for concerted practices guidelines
ACCC

Commenced: 5 September 2016
Submissions due: 3 October 2016

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Intellectual Property Arrangements
Productivity Committee Inquiry

Announced 18 August 2015
Draft report released 29 April 2016
Final report handed to Government 23 Sept 2016

Terms of reference included consideration of 'the findings and recommendations of the Harper Competition Policy Review in the context of the Australian Government's response, including recommendations related to parallel import restrictions in the Copyright Act 1968 and the parallel importation defence under the Trade Marks Act s1995 '.

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Image representing Treasury InquiryOptions to Strengthen the Misuse of Market Power Laws
Treasury

Discussion paper released: 11 December 2015
Submissions due: 12 February 2016
Government announced it woudl support Harper Recommendations on 16 March 2016

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Image representing ACCC inquiryACCC inquiry into Eastern and Southern Australian whoesale gas prices
ACCC

Government directed 12 month public inquiry
Issues paper: 4 June 2015
Report released: 22 April 2016

 

2015

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Image of icon representing independent inquiryCompetition Policy Review (Harper Review)
Independent

Announced: 'Root and Branch' Review of Competition Laws announced 4 December 2013

Final terms of reference and review panel announced 27 March 2014

Issues Paper released: 14 April 2014 (view submissions)
Draft Report released: 22 September 2014 (view draft report page)
Final Report released: 31 March 2015 (view final report page)
Consultation on final report: 31 March 2015
Government response: 24 November 2015

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryInquiry into Competition and Consumer Amendment (Misuse of Market Power) Bill 2014
Parliamentary committee

Private Members Bill: introduced by Senator Nick Xenophon in March 2014
Referred to Committee: 20 March
Final report released: 26 February 2015
(recommended against passage of the bill)

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryCompetition and Consumer Amendment (Deregulatory and Other Measures) Bill 2015
Parliamentary committtee

Bill introduced: 18 March 2015
Referred to Economics Legislation Committee: 25 March 2015
Submissions close: 21 April 2015
Report released: 13 May 2015

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Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper
Issues Paper released 6 February 2014
Green Paper released 20 October 2014
Submissions due 12 December 2014
White Paper released July 2015

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Image representing Parliamentary InquirySenate review of Food and Grocery Industry Code
An inquiry into the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 - Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes - Food and Grocery) Regulation 2015

Commenced: 5 March 2015
Submissions closed: 13 March 2015
Report: 14 May 2015 (original report date of 31 March 2015 extended on 26 March 2015)

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Image representing Parliamentary Inquiryexternal linkAustralian Grain Networks
Parliamentary Committee

Referred to Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee on 19 June 2014
Reported: 4 June 2015 (view report) (original date of 3 December 2014 extended to 4 June 2015)
Terms of reference included consideration of 'competition constraints on grain transport, storage and handling services'

 

2014

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Image of icon representing independent inquiryIndependent cost-benefit analysis of broadband and review of regulation (Vertigan report)
Independent

First report (Statutory review under section 152EOA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010))
completed 30 June 2014 and tabled in Parliament on 16 July 2014
Second report (Independent cost-benefit analysis) released 27 August 2014
Third report (Market and Regulatory Report) released 1 October 2014

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Image representing ACCC inquiryACCC draft immunity and cooperation policy and FAQ's consultation

Consultation opened 9 April 2014
Submissions due 7 May 2014.
New policy released 10 September 2014.

 

2012-2013

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National Access Regime
Productivity Commission Inquiry into the National Access Regime

Referred to the PC by Assistant Treasurer, Stephen Bradbury, in October 2012

Issues Paper released on 30 November 2012.
Submissions due on 8 February 2012
Draft report due May 2013
Final Report due October 2013
Final report released February 2014
Government response released: 24 November 2015

 

2011

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryThe impacts of supermarket price decisions on the dairy industry
"Senate Inquiry into 'Milk Price Wars'"
Parliamentary Committee

Referred to Senate Economics Committee 10 February 2011. Submissions due 28 February
Report date: 15 April 2011 (extended to 20 April 2011).
Interim report released 20 April.
Second interim report released 9 May.
Final report presented to Senate on 3 November.
Government response received Feburary 2012.

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Exposure Draft Bill - Competition and Consumer Amendment Bill (No.1) 2011

Part of the Competitive and Sustainable Banking System Package.

Note, the bill (as subsequently introduced into Parliament) was considered as part of the House Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into the Competition and Consumer (Price Signalling) Amendment Bill 2010.

 

2011

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryHouse Standing Committee on Economics Inquiry into the Competition and Consumer (Price Signalling) Amendment Bill 2010
Parliamentary committee

Bill referred 23 November 2010
Inquiry announced 10 December 2010
Expanded inquiry (to include consideration of the Government's Competition and Consumer Amendment Bill (No.1) 2011) announced 18 May.
Reported 22 June 2011.

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryInquiry into the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Franklins decision (Metcash)
Senate Economics Committee

Reported February 2011

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryCompetition within the Australian Banking Sector
Senate Economics Committee

Announced: 28 October 2010
Due to report: 31 March 2011 (extended)
Interim report released: 20 April
Final report released: 6 May 2011

 

2010

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryCompetition and Consumer Legislation Amendment Bill 2010
Senate Inquiry

Reported 15 June 2010.
Bill lapsed. Later re-introduced and passed.
The Bill proposes two key changes to Australia's merger laws:

Bill amended meaning of market for purposes of mergers (removing requirement that it be substantial). Also made amendments to unconscionable conduct provisions.

 

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryMilking it for all it's worth - competition and pricing in the Australian dairy industry
Senate Economics Reference Committee

Reported date 13 May 2010.

Government response received Feburary 2012.

 

2009

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryInquiry into the Trade Practices Amendment (Guaranteed Lowest Prices - Blacktown Amendment) Bill 2009
Senate Economics Committee

Report released 24 November 2009
(Geographic Price Discrimination)

 

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Image representing Treasury InquiryDiscussion Paper - Creeping Acquisitions (take 2)
Treasury

Closed for comment 12 June 2009. No report released

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Image - icon representing Treasury discussion paperDiscussion Paper - Meaning of 'Understanding' in the Trade Practices Act

Submissions were due by 31 March 2009 - non-confidential submissions can be viewed on the web site.

 

2008

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Image - icon representing Treasury discussion paperexternal linkDiscussion Paper - Creeping Acquisitions
Treasury

Closed for comment 10 October 2008

No report released

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Image - icon representing Treasury discussion paperexternal linkCriminal Penalties for Serious Cartel Conduct - Draft legislation

Including discussion paper - submissions available

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Image representing Parliamentary Inquiryexternal linkInquiry by Senate Economics Committee into the Trade Practices Legislation Amendment Bill 2008
Senate Economics Committee

Report available (relates to predatory pricing)

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryInquiry into the Unit Pricing (Easy comparison of grocery prices) Bill 2008
Senate Economics Committee

Referred 17 June.

Reported by 2 September

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Image representing Parliamentary Inquiryexternal linkInquiry into the Trade Practices (Creeping Acquisitions) Amendment Bill 2007 [2008]
Senate Stading Committee on Economics

Referred on 26 June 2008.

Reported on 26 August 2008.

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Image representing ACCC InquiryACCC Grocery Inquiry 2008

Announced January 2008

Report finalised 31 July 2008.

 

2007

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Image representing ACCC InquiryACCC Petrol Inquiry 2007

Inquiry into the Price of Unleaded Petrol

Reported 17 December 2007

 

2004

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Working Party Report on Criminal Penalties for Cartel Behaviour
[Officials from Treasury, AG Dept, ACCC and CDPP]

Commenced 2004

Released publicly, 2010 following FOI inquiry

 

2003

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Image of icon representing independent inquiryDawson Review 2003
Independent

Review of the Competition Provisions of the Trade Practices Act

 

2002

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryMcKiernan Review
Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee

Inquiry into s 46 and s 50 of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (May 2002)

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Image of icon representing independent inquiryWilkinson Review
Review of the impact of Part IV of the Trade Practices Act 1974 on the recruitment and retention of medical practitioners in rural and regional Australia

November 2002

 

2001

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Review of the National Access Regime
Productivity Commission

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryHawker Committee
Competing Interests: is there balance?
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economic Finance and Public Administration, 2001

Review of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Annual Report 1999-2000

 

1999

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryBaird Report
Fair Market or Market Failure? A Review of Australia's Retailing Sector
Report of the Joint Select Committee on the Retailing Sector

August 1999

Baird Committee Chair: Bruce Baird MP

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Review of Sections 51(2) and 51(3) of the Trade Practices Act 1974
National Competition Council

Final Report, March 1999

 

1997

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Cultivating Competition
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Financial Institutions and Public Administration

Inquiry into aspects of the National Competition Policy Reform Package

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Reid Report
Finding a Balance: Towards Fair Trading in Australia

House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Resources

 

1996

 

1994

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Compliance with the Trade Practices Act
Australian Law Reform Commission Report

Report 68

 

1993

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Image of icon representing independent inquiryHilmer Review - National Competition Policy - 1993
Independent

National Competition Policy

Report by the Independent Committee of Inquiry

 

1991

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryCooney Committee Report 1991

Mergers, Monopolies and Acquisitions
Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

'Adequacy of the existing legislative controls in the Trade Practices Act over mergers and acquisitions'

December 1991

 

1989

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Image representing Parliamentary InquiryGriffiths Committee Report 1989

Mergers, Takeovers and Monopolies: Profiting from Competition?
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs


May 1989

 

1984

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Green Paper

The Trade Practices Act - Proposals for Change (Green Paper)

Discussion paper released by Attorney General, Senator Gareth Evans QC (February 1984)

 

1979

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Blunt Committee

Trade Practices Consultative Committee, Small business and the Trade Practices Act (December 1979)

 

1976

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Swanson Committee 1976
Trade Practices Act Review Committee

 

 

International Reports

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