In his address to the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Leaders Edge Lunch in Melbourne on 29 July 2013, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims expressed the ACCC’s concerns regarding the shopper docket petrol discounts offered by Coles and Woolworths supermarkets, which have reached levels of up to 45 cents per litre. 

The schemes have attracted significant attention from the ACCC in recent years and are subject to an ongoing investigation which, in the words of the ACCC, is examining “whether the duration, frequency and extent of these fuel offers may have an adverse impact on the underlying level of fuel prices”.1 Whilst acknowledging that shopper dockets may be beneficial to certain consumers in the short term, Mr Sims reiterated the ACCC’s concerns that shopper docket petrol discounts, even at relatively low levels, could be harmful to prices and to competition in the long run.