The Treasurer has asked the ERA to monitor and report on the prices of beverages affected by the Container Deposit Scheme.
The Container Deposit Scheme allows consumers to take empty beverage containers to a refund point to receive a refund of 10 cents.
The scheme is being implemented by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. Further information about the scheme can be found on the department’s website.
The scheme is expected to commence in early 2020. The ERA will release a draft report about the effect of the scheme on prices after the scheme has been in operation for six months. The ERA will provide a final report to the Treasurer, including recommendations, after the scheme has been in operation for 12 months.