Inquiry into anti-competitive conduct in the retail wine industry

Inquiry into anti-competitive conduct in the retail wine industry and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's role

On 26 February 2016, the Senate Economics Legislation Committee, under Standing Order 25(2)(a), resolved to inquire into, anreport on, anti-competitive conduct in the retail sector of the wine industry and ACCC's role. The committee's main focus is to determine whether there is anti-competitive behaviour in the industry and, if so, what role the ACCC has in promoting competition, and any impediments that are preventing the regulator from performing its function effectively. See information about the inquiry here.

Wine industry stakeholders are invited to make a submission to this inquiry.  The committee is due to report to the Senate by 30 September 2016. The committee would like to receive submissions by the end of April 2016.

Written submissions should be submitted preferably in electronic form online or sent by email to as an attached Adobe PDF or MS Word format document. E-mailed submissions should include your name, phone number and postal address. There is no need for a submission to contain a personal signature.

Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to:

Committee Secretary
Senate Economics References Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra   ACT   2600

Submissions are confidential until the Committee releases them. You must not release your submission until the Committee advises that it has accepted and released it. Submissions are protected by parliamentary privilege but the unauthorised release of them is not.

The Committee will normally make submissions public unless there is a request for confidentiality. A request for confidentiality must clearly indicated in the submission.

The Committee will consider requests for confidentiality sympathetically, but cannot make promises in advance. Concerns about confidentiality can be discussed prior to lodging the submission with Dr Kathleen Dermody, Committee Secretary.

Notes on making submissions are available from the website here.

The Committee secretariat can also help:
phone (02) 6277 3540 or email

More information about this Committee is available at