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 http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/di/2018-69/default.asp

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

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: https://www.actcds.com.au/

Make a short submission or give feedback.

Document NameTypeSizePublished date

Public Forum: Container Deposit Scheme Price Monitoring—initial findings and draft recommendations

As part of the Commission’s investigation on the impact on beverage prices and competition since the introduction of the ACT CDS, the Commission held a public forum at 3pm on Wednesday, 20 March 2019 at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, Cnr. London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City ACT 2601.

The public forum included a presentation, which outlined the Commission’s initial (draft) findings based on information received to date and explained its draft recommendations. A copy of the transcript of proceedings can be found below

Document NameTypeSizePublished date
CDS Public Forum TranscriptPDF186.6 KB28 Mar 2019

Release of Progress Report: Container Deposit Scheme Price Monitoring

On Thursday, 28 February 2019, the Commission released a progress report outlining its draft findings and draft recommendations from 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 progress report and media release is available below.

Submissions on the progress report closed on Friday 12 April 2019.

Submissions - Progress Report

Document NameTypeSizePublished date
Submission 2 – National Retail AssociationPDF149.2 KB1 May 2019
Submission 1 - Australian Beverages Council LimitedPDF152.8 KB1 May 2019
Submission 3 - Exchange for ChangePDF1.0 MB1 May 2019

Submissions – Issues Paper

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.