The State Government of Western Australia can refer matters to the ERA for us to conduct an inquiry. The aim of these inquiries is to provide independent advice to the State Government on a specific issue, or set of issues.
An inquiry is initiated when the Treasurer sends a reference to the ERA. The terms of reference describe what the inquiry will cover, the reporting date and whether a public consultation period will be held.
Once complete, our final report is forwarded to the Treasurer, who must table it in Parliament within 28 days of receiving it. The Western Australian Government makes the final decision on whether to adopt the recommendations proposed in the ERA’s report.
Current inquiry into the effect of the Container Deposit Scheme on beverage prices in Western Australia.
The Treasurer has asked the Economic Regulation Authority to monitor the prices of beverages affected by the Container Deposit Scheme. The scheme is expected to commence in early 2020.
The ERA will report to the Treasurer on the effect of the scheme on prices and ways to address any adverse effects.