Regulatory projects

Title Industry Type Status
Electricity supply & prices inquiry Energy Inquiry Ongoing
Commenced 27 March 2017

On 27 March 2017, the Treasurer directed the ACCC to hold an inquiry into the supply of retail electricity and the competitiveness of retail electricity prices.

Dairy inquiry Agriculture Inquiry Ongoing

The ACCC is conducting an inquiry into the competitiveness, trading practices, and transparency of the Australian dairy industry.

Broadband 'speed' claims - information papers Communications Information paper Ongoing
2017

The ACCC released a series of information papers to inform ISPs and companies advertising broadband and wireless internet services of their obligations under the Trade Practices Act 1974, now the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act).

ACCC assessment of NBN-Telstra service delivery agreements Communications Compliance assessment Ongoing
2 September 2016
On 2 September 2016 the ACCC released a report finalising its assessment of the NBN Co-Telstra service delivery agreements.
Hunter Valley access undertaking 2017 Rail Access undertaking Under assessment
3 February 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.
Water trading rules amendments: advice development Water Policy advice Finalised
24/11/2016

On 18 August 2016 the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) requested the ACCC’s advice on possible amendments to the Basin Plan water trading rules, which form Chapter 12 of the Basin Plan 2012 (Cth). These rules relate to the trading or transfer of tradeable water rights relating to Murray-Darling Basin water resources. Under the Water Act 2007 (Cth) the MDBA is required to obtain and have regard to advice by the ACCC when making or amending the water trading rules (s46(2)).

Annual compliance assessment 2014 Rail Compliance assessment Under assessment

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.

Extension of the 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking (to June 2017) Rail 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.

Domestic Mobile Roaming Declaration Inquiry 2016 Communications Access declaration Ongoing
16 September 2016
On 5 September 2016, the ACCC commenced an inquiry into whether to declare a wholesale domestic mobile roaming service.
SBAS Final Access Determination Inquiry 2016 Communications Access determination Ongoing
29 July 2016
On 29 July 2016, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry to make a final access determination (FAD) for the superfast broadband access service (SBAS) under section 152BC of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act). This followed the release of the ACCC’s decision to declare the SBAS on 29 July 2016.
Wholesale ADSL service declaration inquiry 2016 Communications Access declaration Finalised
14 October 2016
On 4 July 2016 the ACCC commenced a public inquiry into whether the wholesale asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) service should continue to be declared.
Extension of the 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking (to December 2016) Rail 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.
NBN Co - Special Access Undertaking Communications Monitoring Ongoing
15 April 2016
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.
NBN Co SAU variation Communications Undertaking variation Ongoing
31 May 2016
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.

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