The Australian telecommunications industry has undergone extensive transformation over the last 20 years, driven by new technologies, increased competition, rapidly changing consumer preferences and the rollout of the National Broadband Network (NBN). The Government is reviewing Australia’s existing consumer safeguards and has released a terms of reference for the review.
Government businesses compete with the private sector in a number of markets. The Commonwealth Competitive Neutrality Policy requires that government business activities should not enjoy net competitive advantages simply by virtue of their public sector ownership. At the same time, competitive neutrality principles do not imply that government businesses cannot be successful in competition with private businesses.