Toowoomba Regional Council and Western Downs Regional Council


On 2 April 2021, Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) and Western Downs Regional Council (WDRC) lodged an application for authorisation to engage in a joint procurement process, including preparation and advertisement of tender documents for waste and recyclables collection services, and bulk haulage and processing services until 30 June 2033. The services will comprise of a number of separable portions depending on the type of waste, e.g. residual waste, recyclable, green, and organic. The councils have requested interim authorisation to allow them to commence discussions and preparation of a Request for Tender.

The ACCC is seeking submissions on the request for interim authorisation and the substantive application. An indicative timetable for the ACCC’s assessment is set out below.

An indicative timetable is set out below for your information.

Indicative date

Stage in assessment process

2 April 2021

Lodgement of application and supporting submission.

19 April 2021

Public consultation process begins.

7 May 2021

Closing date for submissions on interim authorisation and substantive application.

May 2021

Applicant responds to issues raised in the public consultation process.

May/June 2021

ACCC decision regarding interim authorisation and draft determination.

June 2021

Public consultation on draft determination including any conference if called.

July 2021

Final determination.




  • Toowoomba Regional Council
  • Western Downs Regional Council

Authorisation number(s)

  • AA1000550-1


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Submissions - before draft decision

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