Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority whose role is to enforce the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and a range of additional legislation, promoting competition, fair trading and regulating national infrastructure for the benefit of all Australians. The AER is also an independent Commonwealth statutory authority and Australia’s national energy market regulator. The AER has an independent Board, with its staff, resources and facilities being provided by the ACCC. While specific functions vary according to the legislated responsibilities that underpin the ACCC and AER, the two bodies share many common objectives, both working to protect, strengthen and supplement competitive market processes. The ACCC makes decisions through formal meetings of its commissioners and the AER through its board. ACCC commissioners and AER board members are statutory officers. The staff of the ACCC forms part of the wider Australian Public Service.
Our purpose statement reflects the continuing aspirations of the organisation and our statutory roles and obligations.
Our goals are what we intend to do to deliver real benefits for Australian consumers from the expert use of our legislative powers and influence.
We appreciate and uphold the APS Values of Impartial, Committed to Service, Accountable, Respectful and Ethical (ICARE), and hold these additional complementary values as unique and meaningful to our work.
We pursue the interests of the Australian community, objectively and transparently.
We make timely decisions based on evidence and rigorous analysis.
We make best use of our resources by taking considered and targeted action.
We communicate honestly and directly and act respectfully.