Regulatory experts tackle tough questions on efficient infrastructure

More efficient use of, and investment in, infrastructure is essential to improve national productivity, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Chairman Rod Sims said today at the ACCC / AER Regulatory Conference in Brisbane.

“It is clear that recently in Australia some poor infrastructure investment decisions, by commission and omission, have harmed national productivity.”

Mr Sims said the annual conference is set to examine regulatory challenges and tackle questions about efficient infrastructure outcomes.

Guidelines on goods & services tax & termination fees

These guidelines are published by the ACCC to assist Irrigation Infrastructure Operators to charge GST on termination fees in compliance with the Water Charge (Termination Fees) Rules 2009 and the Australian Consumer Law.

Irrigators continue to benefit from lower barriers to trade in the Murray-Darling basin

 The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released its fourth annual Water Monitoring Report for the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB) under the Water Act 2007.

The report details the impact of water market and water charge reforms on irrigation infrastructure operators (IIOs) and their customers throughout the MDB. These reforms reduced barriers to water trade and improved irrigators’ access to water markets outside of their irrigation area, particularly in NSW and South Australia.

ACCC water monitoring report 2012-13

The report provides information for the 2012−13 year on regulated water charges, transformation arrangements, termination of network access, compliance with the Commonwealth Water Market and Water Charge Rules, and related issues.

Lower bulk water charges for NSW irrigators

The ACCC today released its Draft Decision on pricing for bulk water supplied by State Water Corporation in the New South Wales Murray-Darling Basin in the 2014-17 period.

The Draft Decision results in lower water bills for most of State Water’s customers. Relative to previous years, price increases are modest overall. In most valleys, bills for general security entitlement holders are falling. The tables attached compare bills payable under the ACCC’s Draft Decision with current bills.

A future regulatory outlook

Addressing the University of Wollongong’s SMART international infrastructure symposium, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims discusses the role that appropriate infrastructure regulation can play in the wider productivity debate. Mr Sims explains the key factors underpinning efficient infrastructure in the areas of land transport, shipping, electricity, communications and water.   

A guide to the water charge planning & management information rules 2010

This guide has been developed by the ACCC to assist you in complying with the Water Charge (Planning and Management Information) Rules 2010.