National Broadband Network (NBN)

The ACCC has a number of responsibilities in the regulation of the National Broadband Network through Part XIC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. We have a role in determining the terms and conditions of access to services provided over the National Broadband Network, including through special access undertakings and access determinations. We also publish and maintain explanatory material about the non-discrimination obligations that apply to NBN Co, and are involved in determining and reviewing the locations of the NBN points of interconnect.


Title Industry Type Status
NBN Co SAU variation 2017 Communications Access undertaking Under assessment

On 22 June 2017, NBN Co formally withdrew its original variation lodged with the ACCC on 27 May 2016.  NBN Co simultaneously lodged a new proposed variation to its SAU (new SAU variation).   

The ACCC will release a consultation paper on the revised SAU variation shortly.  The ACCC is inviting submissions from stakeholders until 4 August 2017.

NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report Communications Policy development Ongoing
3 May 2017
The ACCC proposes to publish a NBN Wholesale Market Indicators report which would provide, on a quarterly basis, visibility over the development of the wholesale market for NBN access services.
NBN Co SAU variation Communications Undertaking variation Ongoing
April 2017
On 27 May 2016, NBN Co lodged a proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking (SAU) with the ACCC. The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) allows NBN Co to give the ACCC a variation to an SAU already in operation. The ACCC accepted NBN Co’s current SAU on 13 December 2013, following an extensive consultation process.
NBN Co - Special Access Undertaking Communications Monitoring Ongoing
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.
Information disclosure by NBN Co Communications Policy development Finalised
30 June 2015
The ACCC is consulting on what information NBN Co should disclose about the rollout of its network.
ACCC past involvement in next generation networks Communications Policy advice Finalised
ACCC reports to the next generation networks discussions.
NBN Co - special access undertaking 2013 Communications Access undertaking Ongoing
13 Dec 2013
On 19 November 2013, NBN Co Ltd lodged a varied special access undertaking (SAU) with the ACCC.
NBN Points of Interconnect POIs Communications Review Ongoing

In 2010, the Australian government asked the ACCC and NBN Co to publicly consult and agree the number and location of initial points of interconnection to the National Broadband Network that will best meet the long-term interests of end-users.

NBN Co - special access undertaking 2012 Communications Access undertaking Finalised
21 Aug 2013
The ACCC is now considering the SAU under the criteria set out in section 152CBD of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA).
NBN Co - special access undertaking 2011 Communications Access undertaking Finalised
On Friday 7 September 2012, NBN Co withdrew the Special Access Undertaking (SAU) that it lodged with the ACCC late last year (original SAU).
Non-discrimination under Part XIC Communications Guideline Ongoing
April 2012

Non-discrimination provisions were introduced into Part XIC of the Act as part of the National Broadband Network (NBN) reforms.

The non-discrimination provisions apply to NBN corporations (such as NBN Co) and providers of Layer 2 bitstream services over designated superfast telecommunications networks (collectively referred to as 'network access providers').

The relevant provisions are: