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About this report

The role of the National Competition Council (Council) is to make recommendations concerning access to infrastructure services under the National Access Regime prescribed in Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth) (CCA) and recommendations and decisions under the National Gas Law (NGL).

National Competition Council Outcome

Competition in markets that are dependent on access to nationally significant monopoly infrastructure, through recommendations and decisions promoting the efficient operation of, use of and investment in infrastructure.

This annual report covers the Council’s work during the 2018-19 financial year (2018-19).

Chapter 1 provides the President’s review of significant issues, events and actions relevant to the Council during 2018-19.

Chapter 2 reports on the work undertaken by the Council during 2018-19 in its role of making recommendations to Ministers on applications for declaration and certification under Part IIIA of the CCA and on matters pursuant to the NGL. The chapter also reports on the National Access Regime as required by s 29O of the CCA, and summarises the Council’s performance against its key performance measures contained in the Portfolio Budget Statements 2018-19 and Corporate Plan 2018-19.

Chapter 3 discusses the Council’s governance arrangements.

Chapter 4 contains the Council’s audited financial statements for 2018-19.

A summary of the resources for the Council’s 2018-19 outcome are tabulated on page 27.

Compliance with requirements for annual reports for non-corporate Commonwealth entities is shown on pages 36-42.

Accessing this report online

Section 17ABA of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013 requires that as soon as practicable after the annual report for a non‑corporate Commonwealth entity has been presented to the Parliament, the annual report must be published using the digital reporting tool administered by the Finance Minister. Accordingly, an electronic copy of this Annual Report is available at https://www.transparency.gov.au/ as well as the Council’s website at http://ncc.gov.au/.