This guideline sets out the regime under which providers of carriage services and of services supplied by means of carriage services, can access specific wholesale services to conduct their businesses.

The guideline provides information about the processes for declaring a service, including an explanation of the differences between how a National Broadband Network (NBN) and non-NBN service can be declared. The key concepts to be applied by the ACCC in considering whether to declare a service are also outlined in the guideline, including the long-term interests of end-users test.

The guideline is an update to those originally released in July 1999. It reflects the changes to Part XIC which have impacted on the way in which services can be declared, and provides discussion and more recent examples to illustrate how the ACCC will generally consider issues in deciding whether to declare a service.