In May the ACCC issued its seventh report assessing cross-subsidy between the services provided by Australia Post. The report analyses Australia Post's 2010-11 regulatory accounts to establish whether its competitive services were being cross-subsidised with revenue from its statutory monopoly services.
The ACCC was given the power to issue record-keeping rules in response to complaints that Australia Post was damaging competition by cross-subsidising its competitive services with revenues from its monopoly services. The ACCC used the information provided by Australia Post in accordance with these record-keeping rules to inform the report. The ACCC formed the view that the regulatory accounts do not show that Australia Post is cross-subsidising its competitive services with revenue from its monopoly services. Indeed, the report found Australia Post's non-monopoly services as a whole were a source of subsidy.