Regulatory projects

Title Industry Type Status
IPART application for accreditation under the water charge (infrastructure) rules Water Accreditation application Finalised
23 September 2015

On 23 September 2015, the ACCC made a Final Decision to accredit IPART under Part 9 of the Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010 (WCIR).

Hunter Valley access undertaking 2016 Rail Access undertaking Withdrawn
15 June 2016

On 23 December 2015, ARTC submitted an access undertaking to the ACCC for assessment pursuant to Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act). The access undertaking is in relation to the provision of access to the Hunter Valley Rail Network operated by ARTC in New South Wales.

The ACCC previously accepted an access undertaking on 29 June 2011 in relation to the Hunter Valley Rail Network. The ACCC has approved an extension of the term of the 2011 HVAU to 31 December 2016.

Review of the water charge rules: advice development Water Policy advice Finalised
17 November 2016

On 17 December 2014, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment wrote to the ACCC requesting advice on possible amendments to the Water Charge (Infrastructure) Rules 2010, Water Charge (Planning and Management Information) Rules 2010, and Water Charge (Termination Fees) Rules 2009.

Annual compliance assessment 2013 Rail Compliance assessment Finalised
6 June 2016

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.

Superfast broadband access service declaration inquiry Communications Access declaration Finalised
29 July 2016

On 11 September 2014, the ACCC commenced a declaration inquiry into whether a superfast broadband access service, such as the very-high-bit-rate digital subscriber line (VDSL) service, should be regulated under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

Australia Post - letter pricing 2015 Postal services Price notification Finalised
9 December 2016

Australia Post has provided the ACCC with a draft price notification regarding proposed price increases for letter services. Australia Post is proposing to introduce a basic postage rate of $1 for letters delivered at a new slower timetable, which allows up to an extra three business days for delivery to occur. Postage stamps for letters delivered at the current timetable cost 70 cents. Australia Post’s proposal also includes price increases for the delivery of large letters.

Viterra 2015 Wheat export Access determination Finalised
3 December 2015

Viterra is a bulk handling company that operates six bulk wheat port facilities in South Australia.

Fixed line services FAD inquiry 2013 Communications Access determination Finalised
9 October 2015

On 11 July 2013 the ACCC commenced a combined public inquiry into making final access determinations (FADs) for a number of the fixed line services and the wholesale ADSL service (FAD inquiry). The fixed line services are the:

Port of Brisbane wheat ports exemption assessments Wheat export Access exemption Finalised
24 September 2015

On 24 September 2015 the ACCC released final determinations granting exemptions to both GrainCorp and Queensland Bulk Terminals at their respective bulk wheat port terminals at the Port of Brisbane.

Bunbury wheat port exemption assessment Wheat export Access exemption Finalised
24 September 2015

On 24 September 2015 the ACCC released a final determination granting an exemption to WAPRES at its Bunbury port terminal facility.

A mandatory Code on bulk wheat terminal access commenced on 30 September 2014. The Code regulates bulk wheat port terminal operators to ensure that exporters have fair and transparent access to terminal facilities. The Code allows for regulation to be reduced at ports where appropriate. The ACCC may exempt a port terminal service provider from certain provisions of the Code in relation to a specific port terminal facility.

Water charge (infrastructure) rules: accreditation arrangements Water Policy advice Finalised
23 September 2015

The ACCC provided its final advice on the water infrastructure charge rules on 26 June 2009.

FAD inquiries - Non-price terms & conditions & supplementary prices Communications Access determination Finalised
24 August 2015

The ACCC has commenced consultation on non-price terms and conditions and supplementary pricing issues for a number of related declared services:

  • fixed line services and wholesale ADSL service
  • mobile terminating access service (MTAS)
  • domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS)

Given these inquiries will cover a number of related issues regarding non-price terms and conditions and supplementary pricing issues, the ACCC considers there are benefits in conducting a combined consultation process on these issues.

Newcastle wheat ports exemptions assessments - NAT and Qube Wheat export Access exemption Finalised
30 July 2015

On 30 July 2015, the ACCC exempted Newcastle Agri Terminal Pty Ltd's and Qube Holdings Limited's respective bulk wheat terminals at the Port of Newcastle under the mandatory Code on bulk wheat terminal access.

The Code commenced on 30 September 2014. It regulates bulk wheat port terminal operators to ensure that exporters have fair and transparent access to terminal facilities.

ARTC advices on reviews Rail Access undertaking Finalised
25 Sep 2012

These letters from the ARTC document the progress of various reviews related to the 2011 Hunter Valley undertaking.

 

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