Regulatory projects

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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.

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.

Joint functional separation undertakings - permitted information sharing Communications Access determination Finalised
18 December 2020

On 18 December 2020, the ACCC issued the Telecommunications (Permitted Information Sharing for Joint Functional Separation Undertakings) Determination 2020. This determination specifies the kinds of information provided by carriers and carriage service providers to retailers that may be shared with wholesalers bound by a joint functional separation undertaking.

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.

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).

Forms for functional separation undertakings Communications Guideline Finalised
18 December 2020

On 25 August 2020, amendments to the Telecommunications Act 1997 came into effect that enable superfast fixed line broadband networks serving residential customers to operate on a functionally separated basis (rather than a structurally separated basis).

Telstra's Migration Plan Communications Compliance assessment Ongoing
17 December 2020

The Migration Plan sets out the steps that Telstra will take to progressively migrate voice and broadband services from its copper and Hybrid Fibre Coaxial networks to the NBN.

Gas inquiry 2017-2025 Energy Inquiry Ongoing
Commenced 19 April 2017

On 19 April 2017, the Australian Government directed the ACCC to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into the supply of and demand for natural gas in Australia, as well as to publish regular information on the supply and pricing of gas for the next three years.

Division 12 & Internet Activity Record Keeping Rule (RKR) review Communications Review Finalised
8 December 2020

The ACCC has the ability to collect information from industry through Record Keeping Rules (RKR) to undertake its telecommunications regulatory functions.

Measuring Broadband Australia program Communications Monitoring Ongoing
4 December 2020

The Measuring Broadband Australia program provides Australian consumers with accurate and independent information about broadband performance to assist their purchasing decisions.

NBN Co SAU variation: extension to non-price terms Communications Access undertaking Ongoing

On 8 May 2019, 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.

ACCC assessment of NBN-Telstra service delivery agreements Communications Compliance assessment Finalised
2016

On 2 September 2016 the ACCC released a report finalising its assessment of the NBN Co-Telstra service delivery agreements.

Viterra wheat port exemption assessment Wheat export Access exemption Ongoing

On 2 July 2019, Viterra provided a written application to the ACCC seeking to be determined an exempt service provider of port terminal services provided by means of all six of their port terminal facilities located in South Australia.

 

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