Mike Woolston, Frontier Economics, has co-authored a paper on public private partnerships in the water sector, titled Private Sector Participation in the Water Sector - Optimal Allocation of Risk.
The ACCC announced today that it had granted an interim authorisation to Central Petroleum and Macquarie Mereenie to begin negotiations for a joint supply arrangement for gas from the Mereenie field.
The Australian Energy Market Commission has published a report by Frontier Economics that surveys the use of total expenditure regulatory frameworks in a number of jurisdictions, including the [...]
The ACCC accepted court enforceable undertakings from BHP Billiton Petroleum (Bass Strait) Pty Ltd (BHP) and Esso Australia Resources Pty Ltd (Esso) to separately market their share of gas [...]
Frontier Economics director Jason Hall is presenting today at the Australasian Finance and Banking Conference in Sydney. Jason will explain some recent work estimating the market value of [...]
This bulletin from Frontier Economics looks at econometrics and discusses some examples of when econometric modelling goes awry.
Infrastructure Australia has released a report suggesting fundamental changes to the governance and regulation of Australia's urban water markets.
For the ACCC inquiry into electricity supply and prices, Frontier Economics reported on the impact of vertical integration on the bidding behavior of generators in the National Electricity Market.
Frontier Economics submits to senate committee that Parliament should reject Bill to abolish limited merits reviews of decisions by AER
Frontier Economics’ Managing Director, Danny Price, explains in this submission to the senate committee examining the Bill why abolition of LMR rights would harm, rather than promote, the [...]
The International Trademark Association (INTA) has launched a report on the economic contribution of trademark-intensive industries to five ASEAN economies.
Frontier Economics has moved into new, larger offices in Singapore following rapid growth in the past twelve months. This is effective from 31 July 2017.
Justice Jagot of the Federal Court of Australia has awarded damages of more than $25 million plus interest and costs to Bayer for Generic Health’s infringement of its patent.
The Australian Government has released details of its reform package on proposed changes to the regulatory regime applying to superfast broadband.
The AEMC has provided advice to the COAG Energy Council that analyses the impacts and characteristics of mechanisms to reduce emissions in the electricity sector in line with Australia’s Paris [...]
Australia is estimated to need at least $300 billion, and up to $700 billion, spent on infrastructure over the short to medium term if it is to maintain and improve its productivity and liveability.
The New South Wales Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has released the results of its 2015 Household Survey. This was the seventh household survey since 1993 about energy and [...]
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced it will not oppose Seven West Media’s (SWM) proposed acquisition of The Sunday Times and perthnow.com.au from News Limited [...]
The Victorian Government today announced a package of regulatory reforms designed to reduce barriers to entry into the taxi and other commercial passenger vehicle market. This will formally allow [...]
On 19 August the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council decided that its Senior Committee of Officials would conduct a fresh review of the limited merits review (LMR) regime that [...]
On 19 August the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council decided that its Senior Committee of Officials would conduct a fresh review of the limited merits review (LMR) regime that [...]
International Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world on or near May 20 each year. It celebrates the day that James Lind started what is often considered the first randomized clinical [...]
Frontier (Australia) has published a new report scrutinising the wholesale price impact of assisted closure of brown coal power stations in the National Electricity Market (NEM).
On 26 February 2016, the Australian Competition Tribunal (Tribunal) issued its judgment in relation to merits reviews, sought by consumer groups and several regulated energy networks, of recent [...]
The ACCC granted conditional authorisation to a joint venture between taxi networks and other industry participants to launch and operate a new smartphone taxi booking app called ihail.
The Turnbull government has announced it will implement the Harper Review’s recommendation to amend Section 46 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, the provision which deals with misuse of [...]
Australian Competition Tribunal releases judgments on appeals against Australian Energy Regulator’s determinations
Today the Australian Competition Tribunal published its judgments on several merits reviews of revenue reset decisions made by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER).
Last week, Frontier (Australia) hosted a series of seminars aimed at stimulating policy debate on the future of energy network regulation in Australia.
The ESC today released its final report into the regulation of accident towing services in Victoria. Frontier Economics assisted the ESC with the report.
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA) and the Water Services Association of Australia (WSAA) jointly released the report entitled “Doing the important, as well as the urgent: reforming the [...]
The Australian Government has today proposed a target of a 26%-28% reduction on 2005 emissions levels by 2030. Frontier (Australia) examines the context for comparing emissions targets and tasks.
The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has been examining the merits of its Optional Firm Access (OFA) proposal over the past fifteen months. Frontier's response to the draft report has [...]
Networks NSW has announced that it intends to appeal some aspects of the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) determinations, made on 30 April 2015, on the revenues that these networks will be [...]
Is there a water infrastructure deficit in Australia? Frontier examines funding in the Water Journal
An article by Mike Woolston of Frontier (Australia), published in the February 2015 edition of the Australian Water Association’s Water Journal, looks at the issue of funding water infrastructure.
An Australian Water Association article in the February 2015 edition of the Water Journal rounds up issues behind the visit of a delegation of water professionals to California last December, [...]
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued its draft decision on the prices that other operators pay Telstra to use its copper network.
Frontier (Australia) today published a report prepared for a broad coalition of National Electricity Market participants on the Optional Firm Access proposal from the Australian Energy Market [...]
Specialist financial economists Professor Stephen Gray and Dr Jason Hall from SFG Consulting Pty Ltd, along with Andrew Harpham from our energy team have joined Frontier (Australia) as executive [...]
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has released its draft decisions on the revenue proposals submitted by ACT and NSW distribution and transmission businesses, for the period commencing on 1 [...]
NZCC amends WACC percentile for price-quality regulation for electricity lines services and gas pipeline services
The New Zealand Commerce Commission has released its final determination on one aspect of its approach to estimating the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) for regulated electricity lines [...]
Frontier Economics (Australia) Chairman Philip Williams presented at the 12th Annual University of South Australia Competition and Consumer Workshop, held 10-11 October 2014.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today announced that it will not oppose the proposed acquisition of three Progressive Supa IGA supermarkets by Coles/Wesfarmers.
Frontier (Australia) chairman Philip Williams presented at the Law Council of Australia 2014 Competition and Consumer Workshop, held on the 13th and 14th of September in Brisbane, Australia.
The Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) today granted approval for AGL to pursue its proposed $1.5bn acquisition of Macquarie Generation, the largest generation portfolio in New South Wales.
As excitement over the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil mounts, Frontier’s economists have been getting into the party spirit in the way that only economists can: by collecting data…
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC’s) recent draft decision on how State Water’s volume risk should be managed departs from standard regulatory practice. This bulletin [...]
On 30 August the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) released its Draft Rate of Return Guidelines. The AER is responsible for setting the regulated tariffs charged by gas and electricity networks [...]
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today announced it would allow Woolworths to acquire three Supa IGA supermarkets in Queensland.
This paper from Frontier (Australia) examines some facts around the likely effectiveness of the Australian Government’s carbon pricing scheme, in terms of its contribution towards reducing [...]
This client briefing from Frontier (Australia) investigates the Government's claim that a 7.7% drop in CO2 emissions is evidence that their carbon price scheme, implemented in mid-2012, is working.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today announced that it would not oppose Woolworths' proposed acquisition of the independent Supa IGA supermarket in the Canberra suburb [...]
Frontier (Australia) has undertaken a review of urban water customer choice options, policy drivers and regulatory instruments for the National Water Commission.
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales (IPART) has published its draft decision on regulated retail electricity prices for 2013-14 to 2015-16.
Frontier’s latest client briefing considers a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling against the use of local content rules in feed-in tariffs (FIT) used by the State of Ontario, Canada.
The final report of the Victorian Taxi Industry Inquiry was tabled in Parliament today. The Inquiry, looking into all aspects of the Victorian taxi industry, ran for 16 months and included [...]
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales (IPART) has today commenced its review and determination of regulated retail electricity prices for 2013-14 to 2015-16.
Infrastructure Australia, the Government’s advisory body on infrastructure, today published a report “Australia's Public Infrastructure - Part of the Answer to Removing Infrastructure Deficit”.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today announced that Sonic Healthcare Limited (Sonic) could buy one of the pathology businesses it wished to buy from the troubled [...]
The High Court of Australia (‘High Court’) today ruled that the Australian Competition Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’) had exceeded its powers in its decision regarding access to railway lines by [...]
Sportsbet, the internet bookmaker based in Darwin, has claimed that various State governments have allowed racing regulators to levy discriminatory charges against it in order to prevent leakage [...]
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today approved an agreement between NBNCo and SingTel Optus for the migration of Optus’ hybrid fibre coaxial (HFC) customers to the [...]
The Mining Task Force of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) has published a report on the impact for ten APEC economies of changes to European Union (EU) classifications regarding [...]
The long debate surrounding carbon pricing in Australia entered a new phase on Sunday, 1 July 2012 with the commencement of Australia’s carbon pricing scheme at a $23/tonne CO2-e starting price. [...]
Regulated electricity tariffs in New South Wales increased today, following a decision by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) as part of its annual review of electricity prices.
The Australian National Competition Council (NCC) today published a draft recommendation in favour of granting the ‘no coverage’ application made by the proponents of the proposed Australia [...]
The Australian Energy Market Commission today published a draft determination rejecting a rule change request by Major Energy Users Inc (MEU) that sought to restrict generator bidding behaviour [...]
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission today announced that it would not oppose the proposed acquisition by AGL Energy Ltd of Great Energy Alliance Corporation Pty Limited, which owns [...]
The rise of the internet has drastically reduced the costs of media production and paved the way for the entry of new firms into a traditionally highly concentrated industry. This bulletin from [...]
The Australian National Water Commission today published “Water policy and climate change in Australia”. The report examines interactions between water policies and both climate change mitigation [...]
The Western Australia (WA) Independent Power Association today released a report examining a proposal to re-aggregate the state-owned energy retailer, Synergy, and the state-owned generator, [...]
Australia, New Zealand and the UK have adopted different approaches to regulating airports. However, all place some reliance on direct negotiations or ‘constructive engagement’ between an airport [...]
Until recently, customers in New South Wales (NSW) who install solar photovoltaic units (PV units) received very generous feed-in tariffs through the NSW Government’s Solar Bonus Scheme.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today released a decision to lift exemptions applying to certain wholesale voice services provided over Telstra’s fixed line network.
Frontier (Australia) is supporting the excellent work of The Otis Foundation, by taking a silver sponsorship for The Otis Foundation CBD Energy Ball.
Google Inc’s recently proposed acquisition of Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc raises some important economic issues about the merits or otherwise of vertical integration between device, platform [...]
The Australian Senate Select Committee on Scrutiny of New Taxes has been inquiring into a range of carbon tax pricing mechanisms.
Today, the Federal Court of Australia dismissed claims by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) that Stanwell Corporation Limited, a Queensland generator, had breached the ‘good faith’ provisions [...]
The Federal Court of Australia today found that Queensland builders had engaged in price fixing by requesting and exchanging cover prices when tendering for government building projects.
An international air freight cartel, involving airlines from New Zealand, Japan, the UAE, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, Singapore and Australia, has been the subject of proceedings in courts around [...]
Following the Spring 2010 outbreak of locusts across the state of Victoria, Frontier (Australia) was engaged by the Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to review locust-control [...]
Communications, media and entertainment services are converging fast, with the digitisation of content and the emergence of new delivery platforms transforming consumer choices and shifting [...]
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has issued interim access determinations for the six key fixed line telecommunications services under the new telecommunications access [...]
The Australian Competition Tribunal announced on 1 July 2010 that it would declare access to two privately-owned railway lines carrying iron ore from the Pilbara region in Western Australia to [...]
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today announced it would not object to Australia Post’s Notification of price increases for the letter services over which it has a [...]
The Australian Copyright Tribunal decided this week to significantly increase the fee that Australian gyms must pay in order to play music recordings in exercise classes.
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) was a major winner in the Australian Federal Budget, delivered on Tuesday 11 May. The ASC received funding of $325 million over four years for their [...]
The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) have published a report into the economic impact of sport in Australia. This was commissioned in anticipation of an Australian Government review of sports [...]
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has published submissions in response to its discussion paper on access pricing principles for fixed line telecommunications services.
Frontier (Australia) was recently commissioned by the Australian Rural R&D Council to investigate the main drivers shaping research and development (R&D) policies and institutions internationally
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) today issued its view objecting to Australia Post's draft proposal to increase the prices of the letter services over which it has a [...]
On 18 October, the Coalition (Australia) put forward a set of amendments to the Australian Commonwealth Government’s proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS). In response, on 24 [...]
Frontier Economics has published a new bulletin, Pricing it so they shall come, which looks at efficient pricing structures for wholesale access services in telecommunications.
Frontier Economics has released a report that provides independent modelling of the Government's proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission announced that it would not be opposing the acquisition of International All Sports by Sportsbet Pty Ltd. Sportsbet's model is entirely based on [...]
For its Review of Energy Market Frameworks in Light of Climate Change Policies, the Australian Energy Market Commission has released a report prepared by Frontier Economics on the impact of [...]
Frontier Economics has submitted two reports to the AEMC's review on how the Australian Government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme and expanded Renewable Energy Target scheme may affect [...]
Today the Expert Panel commissioned by the Australian Government to review proposals to build the National Broadband Network provided its report to the Minister for Broadband, Communications and [...]
The Government of Victoria has announced the outcome of its review of gaming licensing arrangements. The current duopoly control of the state's poker machines will end and venues will compete in [...]
The New Zealand Commerce Commission was granted leave to appeal the earlier decision of the High Court that granted a clearance for Woolworths to proceed in its bid for The Warehouse Group.
On 28 December 2007 the New South Wales (NSW) Treasurer announced that Frontier (Australia) will be one of the companies advising the New South Wales government on the A$15 billion-plus partial [...]
On 4 December 2007, the New Zealand High Court released its decision in a major merger battle between Woolworths (the Australian supermarket operator) and the New Zealand Commerce Commission.
The Federal Court of Australia in Melbourne has ratified financial penalties for price-fixing that had been agreed between the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and a group of [...]
Frontier (Australia) has been engaged by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (IPART) to recommend allowances for energy purchase costs and for retail costs and margins for [...]
Australians could pay as little as $250 each to achieve a 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from the country's electricity generation industry by 2030, a new study has found.
Frontier (Australia) has been engaged by the Department of Primary Industry to provide advice on methods to allocate sites to new tenants in a new wholesale fruit and vegetable market.
The Australian Competition Tribunal has decided to uphold the appeal by Services Sydney against the Minister's decision not to declare certain services provided by Sydney Water. This means that [...]
The Australian Competition Tribunal has decided to uphold the appeal by Virgin Blue against the Minister's decision not to "declare" the Airside Service at Sydney Airport. This means that the [...]
Frontier (Melbourne & Sydney) advised the successful protagonist of the first major vertical merger in the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM). Australian Gas Light Company (AGL), a [...]
The Australian Competition Tribunal today released its decision refusing to authorise arrangements among Australian banks to reduce the interbank fees on EFTPOS transactions to zero.