Regulated infrastructure


Title Industry Type Status
Superfast broadband network class exemption & deemed functional separation undertaking Communications Access determination Finalised
21 January 2021

The Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (Competition and Consumer) Act 2020 received Royal Assent on 25 May 2020. Among other provisions, it amends the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth) (Tel Act) to enable superfast fixed line broadband networks serving residential customers to operate on a functionally separated basis (rather than a structurally separated basis).

December 2020 variation of the 2011 Hunter Valley Coal Network Access Undertaking Rail Access undertaking Submissions due
13 January 2020

On 23 December 2020, the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) applied to the ACCC to vary its 2011 Hunter Valley Coal Network Access Undertaking. The proposed variation seeks to extend the Undertaking by five years, to 31 December 2026. Upon commencement, the proposed variation seeks to be treated as having taken effect as of 1 July 2021, six months prior to the current expiration date of 31 December 2021. The proposed variation seeks to change a number of provisions in the Undertaking that will result in lower prices for Access Holders.

Spectrum competition limits Communications Policy development Ongoing
8 January 2021

When the ACMA is allocating spectrum licences, the Minister for Communications may direct the ACMA to impose limits (competition limits) on the amount of spectrum that a person can use under allocated licences, and the Minister may seek the ACCC's advice about the competition limits that may be appropriate.

ARTC letter to the ACCC - Intention to extend Interstate Access Undertaking Rail Access undertaking Ongoing

Under section 2.2(b) of the 2008 Interstate Access Undertaking (IAU), ARTC must submit to the ACCC a written statement outlining whether or not it intends to submit a new undertaking to the ACCC for its consideration, no later than six months prior to the expiry of the 2008 IAU. ARTC’s 2008 IAU is due to expire on 30 June 2021.

NBN Co - Special Access Undertaking Communications Monitoring Ongoing
21 December 2020

On 13 December 2013 the ACCC accepted NBN Co's Special Access Undertaking (SAU). The SAU commenced on 13 December 2013 and will expire in 2040.

Further consultation on permitted information sharing Communications Access determination Submissions due
18 December 2020

The ACCC is conducting further consultation relating to permitted information sharing across all functional separation undertakings and is seeking feedback from relevant stakeholders.

Northern Australia insurance inquiry Insurance Inquiry Finalised

On 25 May 2017, the Australian Government directed the ACCC to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into the supply of home, contents and strata insurance in Northern Australia.

LBAS & SBAS declarations inquiry 2020 Communications Access declaration Submissions due
18 December 2020

The ACCC has commenced a public inquiry into future regulation of the superfast broadband access service (SBAS) and the local bitstream access service (LBAS).