Competition



Discussion paper

Competitive neutrality in NSW

Competitive neutrality policies currently require governments to account for the full cost of providing goods and services and make the value of any taxpayer subsidies explicit. This issues paper is the first stage in the review of NSW’s competitive neutrality policies and processes.
Discussion paper

The role of buy now pay later services in enhancing competition in the Australian economy

This paper examines the current status of consumer credit and the market for buy now, pay later (BNPL) credit products.
Report

Prices and profits after the pandemic

This analysis shows that the profits of the largest non-financial companies were up 34 per cent at the end of 2021, compared to pre-pandemic levels – rising significantly faster than inflation and wage growth. This report argues that some firms could have considerable market power...
Report

Econometric analysis of the New Zealand retail grocery sector

This report examines how the structure of local grocery markets affects prices and margins in New Zealand.
Report

Power to the people

This report considers ways to improve consumer protection and promote competition within the context of recovery from COVID-19 and the end of the Brexit transition period.
Working paper

Technology, growth, and inequality: changing dynamics in the digital era

Digital transformation is a defining feature of our time. This paper argues that as technology shifts market dynamics, policies must ensure that markets remain inclusive, and support broad access to the new opportunities for firms and workers.
Discussion paper

Energy Security Board data strategy: consultation paper

The Energy Security Board is attempting to drive reforms to increase transparency across the energy sector and even the playing field between energy companies and consumers. This consultation paper outlines ways to close energy sector data gaps through improved access, protection, sharing, integration, and the...
Briefing paper

Q&As: Draft news media and digital platforms mandatory bargaining code

The ACCC has developed this draft mandatory code of conduct to address bargaining power imbalances between Australian news media businesses and each of Google and Facebook.
Report

Consumer protection frameworks for new energy products and services and the traditional sale of energy in Australia

The purpose of this report is to step back from the specific detail of current arrangements and focus on foundational questions around the rationales for consumer protection frameworks in the energy sector.
Report

Australian aviation after COVID-19

This report outlines the principles that should govern an Australian aviation plan to help the industry move towards a more prosperous future that delivers competitive transportation options for the Australian public.
Briefing paper

Mandatory news media bargaining code: concepts paper

The ACCC has released this concepts paper seeking views on each of the issues to be covered in a mandatory code to address bargaining power imbalances between Australian news media businesses and Google and Facebook.
Report

Assessing the competitiveness and efficiency of the Victorian energy retail market

In consultation with interested stakeholders and the public, the Essential Services Commission has developed a framework and approach to help assess whether the Victorian energy retail market is delivering good value to energy consumers.
Report

Economic regulation of airports

This report examines whether current regulatory arrangements constrain the ability of airport operators to exercise their market power over passengers and airlines through unduly high charges, poor service quality, or both.
Report

Choice in banking

Deloitte Access Economics was engaged to explore the factors that motivate consumer choices in retail banking. This report uses new evidence from a nationally representative survey of Australian retail banking consumers to understand the underlying preferences driving consumer choices over banks throughout a customer’s relationship...
Report

The global competitiveness report 2019

Ten years on from the GFC, the world economy remains locked in a cycle of low or flat productivity growth despite the injection of more than $10 trillion by central banks. The latest Global Competitiveness Report paints a gloomy picture, yet it also shows that...
Working paper

Competition and productivity: do commonly used metrics suggest a relationship?

This research highlights different aspects of competition within industries in New Zealand.
Report

Do manufacturing entrepreneurs in Australia have (or develop) a productivity advantage?

This research paper investigates whether young manufacturing businesses have, or develop, productivity advantage compared to more mature firms.
Strategy

Energy compliance and enforcement priorities 2019–20

The priority areas set out in this document will be the focus of the Essential Services Commission's compliance and enforcement work for the next year. By promoting and enforcing compliance in these areas, the Commission aims to restore trust in the energy market.
Report

Wine grape market study: interim report

Harmful market practices are restricting competition in some Australian wine grape growing regions and limiting the potential for growth of Australia’s wine industry, according to this interim report released by the ACCC.
Report

Report on agency effectiveness through organisational design

It is evident that competition agencies face a number of challenges with their organisational structure and the functioning of the organisation. The aim of this report is to share experience among competition agencies in order to improve agency effectiveness.