IPART is undertaking a review that will involve monitoring and reporting on the impact of the implementation of the NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) on beverage prices.
1. What is IPART’s role in relation to the NSW Container Deposit Scheme?
IPART has been asked by the NSW Premier to monitor and report on the impact of the implementation of the NSW Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) on beverage prices between 1 November 2017 and 1 December 2018.
According to the draft Terms of Reference IPART is to investigate:
The effect of the scheme on container beverage prices
The performance and conduct of suppliers
Any other market impacts on consumers resulting from the scheme.
2. How will you monitor prices?
IPART has begun gathering information about retail beverage prices and the implementation of the scheme.
3. Are you looking at the charges being imposed on small businesses in the container beverage industry?
Yes. We are looking at any behaviour or market outcomes that appear unfair or unjustified.
4. What happens if you find excessive price rises?
Following the monitoring and assessment, IPART may make recommendations to the Government to address any adverse effects or behaviours arising from the operation of the Scheme. The Government can use IPART’s advice to decide what action might be required.
5. When will you report on the findings?
A progress report on the first three months of the scheme will be provided to Government in the first half of 2018, including recommendations to address any adverse impacts of the scheme.
A full report will be provided to Government covering the first 12 months of the scheme to 1 December 2018. This report will look at:
the effect of the Container Deposit Scheme on prices of beverages supplied in a container,
the performance and conduct of suppliers, and
any other market impacts on consumers that arise from the commencement of the Scheme, for the period from 1 November 2017 to 1 December 2018 (monitoring period).
6. Where do I go with comments and questions about the scheme such as collection points and refunds?
These are best directed to the NSW EPA at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/recycling-and-reuse/return-and-earn or firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. Where can I submit my views about pricing and other related impacts of the scheme?
Throughout IPART’s review, consumers and other stakeholders can report their experiences in relation to changes in container beverage prices, the performance and conduct of suppliers, and any other market impacts on consumers online at www.ipart.nsw.gov.au. This information will be considered in IPART’s reports to Government over the next 12 months.