Access to Infrastructure

Essential infrastructure which is vital to the economy should be accessible to all potential users.

The QCA regulates third party access to essential infrastructure.

This allows competitors to enter the market. Related markets benefit too. For example:

  • Opening access to electricity and gas distribution systems enhances competition in electricity and gas retailing.

  • Opening rail tracks enhances competition in rail transport.

Declared services

Services become declared for third-party access under our Act, through either of the following:

  • ministerial decision, in accordance with the QCA Act
  • direct inclusion in the QCA Act.

Three services are declared by direct inclusion in section 250 of the QCA Act.

Other services can be declared for third party access under the QAR by application to us.

Queensland Access Regime

Once services are declared the applicable regime can be applied to them.

The Queensland Access Regime is:

The Queensland Rail Access Regime

  • formed by the declarations of the services provided by the Aurizon Network and Queensland Rail networks together
  • certified by the relevant Commonwealth Minister as an effective access regime, for the purposes of the CCA, for 10 years from 19 January 2011.

The DBCT access regime