The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a report commissioned through Deloitte Access Economics, "The sharing economy and the Competition and Consumer Act". It is focused on the true sharing economy (that is, involving peer-to-peer exchanges taking place over a platform that is owned and operated independently). The research report identifies the impacts of the sharing economy on competition (internally and with the traditional economy) and possible areas of future regulation that the ACCC may be called upon to examine. "Regulatory neutrality" was a key issue identified for competition - the sharing economy currently benefits from a lack of regulation which may affect traditional businesses' capacity to compete. The report also identifies possible issues regarding the exclusivity of users (especially suppliers), integrated platforms which expand service offerings by leveraging market power, predatory pricing used to drive out other platforms, informal mergers, and possible calls for the ACCC to intervene by developing an industry code or inquiring into pricing behaviour. Importantly, the report states that there is "no clear reason why" existing competition laws should not apply to the sharing economy to facilitate competition for better efficiency and economic growth. It recognises that some parts of the sharing economy may already be covered by the ACL, whereas some gaps could be dealt with by amendments or by non-black-letter-law options. The report also outlines how the sharing economy may grow in the future, and what the benefits of self-imposed regulation or laws enforced by regulators may be for consumers and enterprises. The directions explored in the report suggest that this could be a first step by the ACCC towards more specific regulation of the sharing economy, and companies concerned should continue to remain aware of how the ACCC reacts to inquiries or calls for regulation.