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Title Industry Type Status
Hunter Valley access undertaking 2016 Rail Access undertaking Submissions due
22 February 2016

On 23 December 2015, ARTC submitted an access undertaking to the ACCC for assessment pursuant to Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act). The access undertaking is in relation to the provision of access to the Hunter Valley Rail Network operated by ARTC in New South Wales.

The ACCC previously accepted an access undertaking on 29 June 2011 in relation to the Hunter Valley Rail Network. The 2011 HVAU expires on 1 July 2016.

Patrick Port Adelaide wheat port exemption assesment Wheat export Access exemption Under assessment
5 February 2016

On 8 January 2016, Patrick provided a submission in support of exempt provider status for its operation at Port Adelaide in South Australia. The ACCC sought additional information from Patrick and a revised application was lodged on 5 February 2016.

Review of the water charge rules: advice development Water Policy advice Submissions due
4 March 2016

On 17 December 2014, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment wrote to the ACCC requesting advice on possible amendments to the:

  • Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010
  • Water Charge (Planning and Management Information) Rules 2010, and
  • Water Charge (Termination Fees) Rules 2009.

The request for advice is in response to a recommendation of the Independent Review of the Water Act 2007, which was tabled in Parliament in December 2014.

Telstra's Migration Plan Communications Compliance assessment Ongoing
1 December 2015
The ACCC is currently considering this proposed variation submitted 14 June 2013.
Annual compliance assessment 2013 Rail Compliance assessment Ongoing
15 January 2016

The accepted Hunter Valley Access Undertaking requires ARTC to submit documentation to the ACCC for the purposes of an annual compliance assessment. Section 4.10 and Schedule G of the undertaking requires the ACCC to determine whether ARTC has complied with the financial model and pricing principles specified in the undertaking and whether there has been any under or over recovery of revenue from users that needs to be reconciled.

Domestic transmission capacity service final access determination inquiry 2014 Communications Access determination Submissions due
5 February 2016

On 23 May 2014, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into making a final access determination (FAD) for the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS). The ACCC has commenced consultation on the primary price terms, with the release of a consultation paper on 23 July 2014.

The ACCC is consulting separately on non-price terms and conditions for the DTCS. On 25 March 2015, the ACCC released its draft decision on non-price terms and conditions, following a joint consultation process for a number of declared services, including the DTCS.

Superfast broadband access service declaration inquiry Communications Access declaration Ongoing
4 December 2015

On 11 September 2014, the ACCC commenced a declaration inquiry into whether a superfast broadband access service, such as the very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line (VDSL) service, should be regulated under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Australia Post - letter pricing 2015 Postal services Price notification Finalised
9 December 2016
Australia Post has provided the ACCC with a draft price notification regarding proposed price increases for letter services. Australia Post is proposing to introduce a basic postage rate of $1 for letters delivered at a new slower timetable, which allows up to an extra three business days for delivery to occur. Postage stamps for letters delivered at the current timetable cost 70 cents. Australia Post’s proposal also includes price increases for the delivery of large letters.

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