Rail

The ACCC has responsibilities in rail industry regulation, including promoting efficient investment in rail infrastructure.

ACCC role in rail

The ACCC has functions regulating rail, which arise from the National Access Regime in Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 assessing Part IIIA undertakings submitted by rail access providers and carrying out functions under accepted undertakings such as arbitrating access disputes.

Rail projects

A list of rail projects within the Regulated Infrastructure section.

ARTC Hunter Valley access undertaking

The ACCC accepted an access undertaking from ARTC for the Hunter Valley Rail Network in June 2011. The access undertaking covers the terms and conditions of access for parties seeking to run trains on the rail network owned or leased by ARTC in the Hunter Valley region in New South Wales.

ARTC Interstate Rail access undertaking

The ACCC accepted an access undertaking from ARTC for the Interstate Rail Network in July 2008.

Projects

Title Type Status
June 2017 Variation of the 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking Undertaking variation Accepted
29 June 2017

On 5 June 2017, ARTC applied to the ACCC to vary its 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking to extend the term of the undertaking by four and a half years to 31 December 2020.

ARTC's application and public versions of its supporting materials are available below.

Hunter Valley access undertaking 2017 Access undertaking Withdrawn
8 May 2017

On 9 December 2016, ARTC submitted the 2017 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking (2017 HVAU) to the ACCC for assessment pursuant to Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. This access undertaking is for the provision of access to the Hunter Valley Rail Network operated by ARTC in New South Wales.

Annual compliance assessment 2014 Compliance assessment Finalised
2017

The accepted Hunter Valley Access Undertaking requires ARTC to submit documentation to the ACCC for the purposes of an annual compliance assessment.

Extension of the 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking (to June 2017) Access variation Accepted
23 November 2016

On 18 October 2016, ARTC applied to the ACCC to extend the term of its 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking by a further six months to 30 June 2017.

On 19 October 2016, the ACCC sent a letter to industry seeking comments on ARTC's proposal. Submissions were due by 2 November 2016.

On 23 November 2016, the ACCC consented to ARTC's revised variation application.

Extension of the 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking (to December 2016) Undertaking variation Accepted
16 June 2016

On 20 May 2016, ARTC applied to the ACCC to vary its 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking to extend the term of the undertaking by six months to 31 December 2016.

Hunter Valley access undertaking 2016 Access undertaking Withdrawn
15 June 2016

On 23 December 2015, ARTC submitted an access undertaking to the ACCC for assessment pursuant to Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act). The access undertaking is in relation to the provision of access to the Hunter Valley Rail Network operated by ARTC in New South Wales.

The ACCC previously accepted an access undertaking on 29 June 2011 in relation to the Hunter Valley Rail Network. The ACCC has approved an extension of the term of the 2011 HVAU to 31 December 2016.

Annual compliance assessment 2013 Compliance assessment Finalised
6 June 2016

The accepted Hunter Valley Access Undertaking requires ARTC to submit documentation to the ACCC for the purposes of an annual compliance assessment. Section 4.10 and Schedule G of the undertaking requires the ACCC to determine whether ARTC has complied with the financial model and pricing principles specified in the undertaking and whether there has been any under or over recovery of revenue from users that needs to be reconciled.

ARTC advices on reviews Access undertaking Finalised
25 Sep 2012

These letters from the ARTC document the progress of various reviews related to the 2011 Hunter Valley undertaking.

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