Rail

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

Projects

Title Type Status
September 2018 variation of the 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking Access variation Under assessment
28 September 2018

On 28 September 2018, ARTC applied to the ACCC to vary its 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking. The variation seeks to change a number of provisions in the undertaking, including:

December 2017 variation of the 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking Access variation Withdrawn
27 July 2018

On 21 December 2017, ARTC applied to the ACCC to vary its 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking. The variation seeks to change a number of provisions in the undertaking, including:

  • incorporating path based pricing
  • allocating incremental capital costs on the basis of contracted capacity
  • applying a dual ceiling limit.

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

Extension of the 2008 Interstate Access Undertaking (to December 2018) Undertaking variation Accepted
25 July 2018

On 28 June 2018 ARTC submitted an application to vary its 2008 Interstate Access Undertaking by four months until 21 December 2018.

On 3 July 2018 the ACCC sent a letter to stakeholders seeking comments on ARTC's proposal. Submissions were due by 17 July 2018.

On 25 July 2018 the ACCC consented to ARTC's variation application.

Interstate Rail access undertaking 2018 Access undertaking Under assessment

On 2 March 2018, ARTC lodged a replacement undertaking for the interstate rail network. This undertaking is to replace ARTC's 2008 undertaking, which expires 31 August 2018. The access undertaking covers the terms and conditions of access for parties seeking to run trains on the mainline standard gauge rail track owned or leased by ARTC.

Annual compliance assessment 2015 Compliance assessment Under assessment
20 October 2017

The 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking (2011 HVAU) requires ARTC to submit documentation to the ACCC for the purposes of an annual compliance assessment. Section 4.10 and Schedule G of the 2011 HVAU  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.

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
31 March 2017

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

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