We run public inquiries on access decisions
We run a public inquiry when we are deciding whether:
- to declare a service for access regulation
- to extend, revoke, vary, allow to expire, or remake an existing service declaration before it expires.
See the Telecommunications access declarations we have made. Select ‘Communications’ in the Industry list and ‘Access declaration’ in Type.
After running a public inquiry, we make a final access decision for the service. See the Telecommunications access determinations we have made. Select ‘Communications’ in the Industry list and ‘Access determination’ in Type.
Current legislation doesn’t include dispute provisions
The ACCC no longer manages access disputes.
Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer Safeguards) Act 2010 removed access dispute provisions from the Trade Practices Act 1974 from 1 January 2011.
While changing to the new legislation, the Act allowed a party to notify the ACCC of an access dispute regarding a declared service. This could be done until we made a final access determination.
Arbitration determinations published by the ACCC as part of these provisions are in the public register.
The legal basis of our functions
We do this work under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Telecommunication Act 1997.
Our role in running public inquiries on access decisions is under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.