Regulatory projects

Title Industry Type Status
Internet Activity Record Keeping Rule (RKR) Communications Monitoring Submissions due
21 September 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 Submissions due
by 5 pm on 14 September 2018

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.

Measuring Broadband Australia program Communications Monitoring Ongoing
31 July 2018

On 7 April 2017, the Federal Government announced that it will fund a new broadband performance monitoring program to provide Australian consumers with accurate and independent information about broadband speeds.

Electricity supply & prices inquiry Energy Inquiry Finalised
Final report published

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.

December 2017 variation of the 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking Rail Access variation Withdrawn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) Rail 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.

Spectrum competition limits Communications Policy development Finalised

When the ACMA is allocating spectrum licences, the Minister for Communications may direct the ACMA to impose limits (competition limits) on the amount of spectrum that a person can use under allocated licences, and the Minister may seek the ACCC's advice about the competition limits that may be appropriate.

Regional mobile issues Communications Monitoring Ongoing

During the domestic mobile roaming declaration inquiry, the ACCC received submissions from many regional stakeholders regarding regional mobile issues, such as inadequate mobile coverage and coverage information. At the end of the inquiry, the ACCC released a separate paper Measures to address regional mobile issues, which discussed a number of measures which could improve outcomes for regional mobile consumers.

Interstate Rail access undertaking 2018 Rail 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.

Domestic transmission capacity service declaration inquiry 2018-2019 Communications Access declaration Ongoing

On 5 March 2018 the ACCC commenced an inquiry into the Domestic Transmission Capacity Service (DTCS) including whether to extend, vary or revoke the DTCS declaration.

NBN Services in Operation Record Keeping Rules Communications Monitoring Ongoing
March 2018

The NBN Services in Operation Record Keeping Rules (RKR) require NBN Co to provide information on the number of Access Virtual Circuit (AVC) services in operation, the amount of Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) capacity being acquired and average CVC utilisation over the NBN.

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.

 

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