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The ACCC has responsibilities in rail industry regulation, including promoting efficient investment in rail infrastructure.

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Title Type Status
Extension of the 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking Undertaking variation Accepted
16 June 2016
On 20 May 2016, ARTC applied to the ACCC to vary its 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking to extend the term of the undertaking by six months to 31 December 2016.
Hunter Valley access undertaking 2016 Access undertaking Withdrawn
15 June 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 ACCC has approved an extension of the term of the 2011 HVAU to 31 December 2016.

Annual compliance assessment 2013 Compliance assessment Finalised
6 June 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.

ARTC advices on reviews Access undertaking Finalised
25 Sep 2012
These letters from the ARTC document the progress of various reviews related to the 2011 Hunter Valley undertaking.
Annual compliance assessment 2014 Compliance assessment Ongoing
16 June 2015

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.

On 1 May 2015, ARTC submitted its annual compliance documentation for the twelve month period from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014.

Final Indicative Services variation 2014 Undertaking variation Withdrawn
7 November 2014

In January 2014, ARTC submitted a proposed variation to the accepted Hunter Valley access undertaking to the ACCC for assessment. The proposed variation relates to the determination of the efficient train configuration and associated indicative charges.

Gap to Turrawan variation 2014 Undertaking variation Accepted
25 June 2014
On 28 June 2013 ARTC submitted a request to vary its 2011 undertaking to the ACCC.
Revenue allocation review Review Under assessment

In the ACCC’s determination on ARTC’s compliance with the financial model and pricing principles in the Hunter Valley Access Undertaking (HVAU) for the 2012 calendar year, the ACCC stated that it intended to undertake a public review of the provision of information to stakeholders and the methodologies underpinning revenue allocation across the Hunter Valley Coal Network.

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