ACCC gives Australia Post all-clear

Cross-subsidies report on logistics services finds monopoly income is not used

April 8, 2011

Australia Post still cross-subsidises its logistics operations but not from its monopoly enterprises, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has found in its latest cross-subsidisation report.

The report analyses Australia Post's 2009-10 regulatory accounts and is part of regular process.

"The regulatory accounts do not provide evidence that Australia Post is cross-subsidising its competitive services with revenue from its monopoly services," outgoing ACCC Chairman Graeme Samuel says.

"Australia Post's logistics services continue to be subsidised. However, the source of that subsidy appears to be Australia Post's other competitive services, rather than its monopoly services."

The ACCC uses information provided by Australia Post in accordance with ACCC record-keeping rules to assess whether Australia Post's competitive services are being cross-subsidised by its monopoly services,.

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