Regulatory projects

Title Industry Type Status
Fixed line services FAD inquiry 2018 Communications Access determination Ongoing
31 March 2019

On 12 November 2018, the ACCC commenced a combined public inquiry into making final access determinations (FADs) for the six fixed line telecommunications services and the wholesale ADSL service.

Extension of the 2008 Interstate Access Undertaking (to February 2019) Rail Undertaking variation Accepted
12 December 2018

On 16 November 2018 ARTC submitted an application to vary its 2008 Interstate Access Undertaking by two months until 28 February 2019.

On 20 November 2018 the ACCC sent a letter to stakeholders seeking comments on ARTC's proposal. Submissions were due by 4 December 2018.

On 12 December 2018, the ACCC consented to ARTC's application to vary its 2008 Interstate Access Undertaking to extend the term to 28 February 2019.

NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report Communications Policy development Ongoing
13 November 2018

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.

Riordan Grain Services Port of Portland wheat port exemption assessment Wheat export Access exemption Submissions due
26 October 2018

On 26 October 2018 the ACCC released an Issues Paper to commence a public consultation process on the application submitted by Riordan Grain Services. Submissions are due by 16 November 2018.

ACCC assessment of internet interconnection arrangements Communications Update Finalised
2018

Internet interconnection refers to the arrangements individual networks make with other networks to exchange internet traffic. To access content on (or originating from) another service provider’s network, an internet service provider must interconnect directly or indirectly (via a third party network) with that service provider. The two types of commercial models for internet interconnection are transit and peering.

Copyright Guidelines 2018 Communications Guideline Submissions due

The ACCC released draft guidelines for consultation in 2006, but did not proceed to finalise these guidelines as it considered that its participation in Copyright Tribunal proceedings would both test its new role under the Copyright Act and further inform the development of the guidelines. The ACCC considers it is now an opportune time to revise the draft Copyright Guidelines and move towards issuing final guidelines.

September 2018 variation of the 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking Rail Access variation Accepted
29 November 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:

NBN wholesale service standards inquiry Communications Inquiry Ongoing
18 December 2017

On 2 November 2017, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry to determine whether NBN wholesale service standard levels are appropriate, and consider whether regulation is necessary to improve consumer experiences.

Fixed line services declaration inquiry 2018 Communications Access declaration Finalised
26 November 2018

On 31 August 2018, the ACCC released a public consultation paper and position paper for the fixed line telecommunications services declaration inquiry.

Electricity market monitoring 2018-2025 Energy Inquiry Ongoing

On 20 August 2018, the Treasurer directed the ACCC to hold a public inquiry that will monitor the prices, profits and margins in the supply of electricity in the National Energy Market. The inquiry will provide its first report by 31 March 2019 and at least every six months thereafter until the conclusion of the inquiry on 31 August 2025.

Internet Activity Record Keeping Rule (RKR) Communications Monitoring Finalised
11 December 2018

The ACCC is intending to undertake collection and analysis of internet activity data through a new Internet Activity Record Keeping Rule (RKR), under Section 151BU of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA), from the December 2018 reporting period onwards. This follows a decision by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to discontinue producing its current Internet Activity Survey (IAS), with the June 2018 IAS being the final iteration.

Mobile terminating access service declaration review - 2018 Communications Access declaration Ongoing

The ACCC commenced an inquiry into whether to extend, vary or revoke the domestic mobile terminating access service declaration, or whether to make a new declaration.

Gas inquiry 2017-2020 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 wholesale gas in Australia, as well as to publish regular information on the supply and pricing of gas for the next three years.

Facilities Access Code Review 2018 Communications Review Ongoing

The ACCC’s A Code of Access to Telecommunications Transmission Towers, Sites of Towers and Underground Facilities (the Facilities Access Code) was made under Clause 37 of Part 5 of Schedule 1 of the Telecommunications Act 1997. It governs how access to certain telecommunications facilities owned by telecommunications carriers, including mobile towers and underground ducts, is provided to other carriers seeking to install their equipment on or in those facilities.

 

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