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Title Industry Type Status
Review of the water charge rules: advice development Water Policy advice Application received
17 December 2014

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 recently completed Independent Review of the Water Act 2007.

The ACCC will review timeframes for conducting the review in early 2015.

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Fixed line services FAD inquiry 2013 Communications Access determination Ongoing
12 December 2014

On 11 July 2013 the ACCC commenced a combined public inquiry into making final access determinations (FADs) for a number of the fixed line services and the wholesale ADSL service (FAD inquiry). The fixed line services are the:

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Superfast broadband access service declaration inquiry Communications Access declaration Ongoing

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.

Discussion paper

At the time that the ACCC announced the declaration inquiry, the ACCC stated that it was preparing a discussion paper with an anticipated release in late October 2014.

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Domestic transmission capacity service FAD variation inquiry 2014 Communications Access variation Finalised
17 December 2014

On 7 November 2014, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into varying the 2012 domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS) final access determination (FAD).

On 17 December 2014, the ACCC concluded its inquiry into the variation of the 2012 DTCS FAD and released a final report. The ACCC has decided to vary the 2012 DTCS FAD so that it applies to the three regional routes and seven exchange serving areas re-regulated under the 2014 DTCS declaration. The varied 2012 DTCS FAD will commence on 1 January 2015 and will expire when a new DTCS FAD comes into operation.

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FAD inquiries - Non-price terms & conditions & supplementary prices Communications Access determination Submissions due
14 January 2015

The ACCC has commenced consultation on non-price terms and conditions and supplementary pricing issues for a number of related declared services:

  • fixed line services and wholesale ADSL service
  • mobile terminating access service (MTAS)
  • domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS)

On 23 May 2014, the ACCC released a position paper on non-price terms and conditions and supplementary pricing issues seeking views on these issues.

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Victorian wheat ports exemption assessments Wheat export Access exemption Submissions due
30 January 2015
A mandatory Code on bulk wheat terminal access commenced on 30 September 2014, replacing the previous access undertakings regime administered by the ACCC. The Code regulates bulk wheat port terminal operators to ensure that exporters have fair and transparent access to terminal facilities.

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Annual compliance assessment 2013 Rail Compliance assessment Submissions due
26 November 2014

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.

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Mobile terminating access service FAD inquiry 2014 Communications Access determination Ongoing
27 October 2014
The ACCC commences a public inquiry into making a final access determination for the Mobile Terminating Access Service (MTAS).

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