2020 Draft Access Undertaking

2020 Draft Access Undertaking

  • Draft decision
  • Project overview
  • Regulatory process

On 29 April 2019, the QCA published a draft decision on Queensland Rail’s draft access undertaking for the period beginning 1 July 2020 (the 2020 DAU).

Submissions on the draft decision are due by 11 July 2019. Stakeholders will then have a further four weeks during which they can make collaborative submissions.

On 11 June 2019 we re-published the draft decision document. It is unchanged from the draft decision published previously, except the formatting of Box 2 on p. 66 has been corrected.

The draft decision (with corrected formatting), Queensland Rail’s 2020 DAU and related documents are available below.

Consultant reports

We published, along with the draft decision, a report prepared for the QCA by Incenta Economic Consulting, on aspects of Queensland Rail’s weighted average cost of capital (WACC).

On 11 June 2019, we published a report by Systra Scott Lister (Systra) on Queensland Rail’s proposed maintenance, capital and operating expenditure, which is available below. Queensland Rail has claimed that some information in the report is confidential. We have published the report with that information redacted, in the interests of making the remainder of the report available to all stakeholders within the submission period.

The unredacted Systra report is available to interested parties, subject to agreement with Queensland Rail about the treatment of information that it has claimed is confidential.*

Draft decision reference tariff model

Our draft decision West Moreton System and Metropolitan System reference tariff model is available on request to interested parties, subject to agreement with Queensland Rail about the treatment of information that it has claimed is confidential. Any comments on the model should be made as part of the submissions on the draft decision, due 11 July 2019.

* In light of these measures, formal assessment of Queensland Rail’s confidentiality claim by the QCA (pursuant to s. 187 of the Queensland Competition Authority Act 1997) has not as yet been required.

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The QCA issued Queensland Rail on 14 September 2017 with an Initial Undertaking Notice under section 133 of the QCA Act, requiring it to submit a draft access undertaking (the 2020 DAU) by 30 April 2018. Two extensions were granted at Queensland Rail’s request, extending the deadline to 14 August 2018.

The QCA on 6 July 2018 published a statement of regulatory intent for considering Queensland Rail’s 2020 DAU. The statement explains how we intend to manage the regulatory process so that an appropriate undertaking is ready to replace the 2016 access undertaking when it terminates in June 2020. Queensland Rail submitted its 2020 DAU on 14 August 2018, and the QCA began an investigation into whether or not to approve it.

The 2020 DAU and related documents are available below.

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14 September 2017

Initial Undertaking Notice issued by the QCA; DAU due 30 April 2018

24 January 2018

Extension requested by QR to 31 October 2018

15 February 2018

Extension to 31 July 2018 approved

6 July 2018

Statement of regulatory intent published by the QCA

13 July 2018

Extension requested by QR to 15 September 2018

27 July 2018

Extension to 14 August 2018 approved

14 August 2018

DAU lodged by QR

16 August 2018

DAU published

22 August 2018

Explanatory information from QR published

21 September 2018

QCA staff topics paper published

17 October 2018

Submissions due on DAU

19 October 2018

Submissions published

16 November 2018

Collaborative submissions due

26 November 2018

Collaborative submissions published

29 April 2019

Draft decision published by the QCA

11 July 2019

Submissions due on draft decision

Mid-August 2019

Collaborative submissions due

29 August 2019*

Expiry of the ‘6-month’ period for the QCA to make a decision

30 June 2020

2016 undertaking terminates

* This date will be updated from time to time. The periods that will influence this date (e.g. time allowed for stakeholders to make submissions) will only be confirmed later (section 147 of the QCA Act explains that the QCA has 6 months for making a decision and describes the periods that should not be counted towards the 6 months).


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Report & Papers