Container Deposit Scheme

ACT Container Deposit Scheme beverage price monitoring

On 4 April 2018 the Commission received a reference from the ACT Government to monitor and report on the impact on ACT beverage prices and competition in the ACT beverage industry of the introduction of the ACT Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) from 30 June 2018.

The Terms of Reference can be found at

The Commission will monitor the impact of the CDS from 1 June 2018 to 30 June 2019. The Commission will seek information on:

  • the effect of the CDS on prices of beverages supplied in specified types of containers in the ACT;
  • the performance and conduct of beverage suppliers in the ACT before and after the implementation of the Scheme; and
  • any other market impacts from the implementation of the Scheme.

Throughout the Commission’s price monitoring, consumers and other stakeholders can report their experiences in relation to charges in container beverage prices, the performance and conduct of suppliers, and any other impacts of the Scheme’s introduction on beverage markets and consumers.

Information received from consumer and other stakeholders will be considered in the Commission’s reports to the ACT Government over the next twelve months. Depending on the nature of your comments, we may share the information you provide with other ACT Government agencies and the Scheme Coordinator (Exchange for Change).

In addition, we invite consumers, beverage suppliers and other stakeholders to make submissions to the Commission when it releases an issues paper (planned for early July 2018) and progress report (in February 2019). The Commission will give its final report to the Government in July 2019.

Additional information, including Frequently Asked Questions, can be found at the ACT CDS website:

Making a short submission or giving feedback

The feedback form below enables consumers, beverage suppliers and other stakeholders to make short submissions to the Commission on its issues paper and progress report, or give feedback at anytime during the Commission's investigation.
To make a longer submission please see the information on "how to make a submission" in the Commission's issues paper and progress report when they are released.

Please note:
Feedback comments provided via the feedback form will be treated as Submissions.
For submissions made by individuals, all personal details other than your name and the State or Territory in which you reside will be removed from your submission before it is published on the Commission’s website.
Copyright in submissions resides with the author(s), not with the Commission.
Submissions will be placed on the Commission’s website, shortly after receipt, unless prior contact has been made concerning material supplied in confidence, or to request a delayed release for a short period of time. Submissions will remain on the Commission’s website as public documents indefinitely.

Your submission contains no material supplied in confidence and can be placed on the Commission’s websiteYour submission contains some material supplied in confidence (provided in a separate document and clearly marked IN-CONFIDENCE)

Release of Issues Paper: Container Deposit Scheme Price Monitoring

On Thursday, 5 July 2018, the Commission released an issues paper outlining its proposed approach to monitoring changes in beverage prices and identifying any competition impacts following the introduction of the ACT’s Container Deposit Scheme on 30 June 2018.

A copy of the issues paper and media release is available below.

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Report 4 of 2018 - Issues Paper - Container Deposit Scheme Price MonitoringPDF460 KB05/07/2018
Media Release- Container Deposit Scheme Price MonitoringPDF208 KB05/07/2018

Submissions – Issues Paper

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Submission 1 - Liquor Stores Association of New South Wales PDF469 KB23/08/2018
Submission 2 - Australian Beverages Council Limited PDF265 KB23/08/2018
Submission 3 - Mr Steve HughesPDF4 KB23/08/2018
Submission 4 - Mr Steve HughesPDF4 KB23/08/2018
Submission 5 - Independent Liquor RetailersPDF4 KB23/08/2018
Submission 6 - Mr David PettitPDF5 KB23/08/2018
Submission 7 - National Retail AssociationPDF150 KB03/09/2018