The existing declarations in section 250 of the Queensland Competition Authority Act 1997 expire on 8 September 2020. The QCA is now reviewing whether, with effect from the expiry date, the relevant services (or parts of the services) should be declared.
On 4 April 2018, the QCA commenced its review and issued Notices of Review and Investigation to Aurizon Network, Queensland Rail, DBCT Management and DBCT Holdings. At the same time, QCA staff also released an issues paper to assist stakeholders in making submissions. These documents are available below under ‘Papers’.
Initial submissions to this review were due by 30 May 2018. Nine submissions were received by this date, with two stakeholders (Queensland Rail and DBCT Management) providing additional information on 18 June 2018.
Following the initial submissions period, stakeholders were given six weeks to provide comments on initial submissions received (a cross-submissions process). Cross-submissions were due by 16 July 2018 (with submissions in relation to Queensland Rail’s proposed access framework given an extension to 30 July 2018). Eleven public cross-submissions were received in this process.
On 29 June 2018, DBCT Management made a late submission to the QCA, providing additional material in connection with its proposed access framework. As the date for providing initial submissions (30 May 2018) had passed, the QCA advised that it would not be taking this submission into account in making its draft recommendation in respect of the DBCT service. On 7 November 2018, the QCA received further correspondence from DBCT Management. Due to the time at which this information was provided, the QCA has been unable to take it into account in making its draft recommendation in respect of the DBCT service. The QCA will take these submissions into account in preparing its final recommendation.
All submissions referred to above are available below under 'Submissions received prior to draft recommendations'.