Proposed Standard Access Agreements
On 29 April 2011, QR Network Pty Ltd (QR Network) submitted its proposed alternative form of standard access agreements to the Authority for approval, along with consequential amendments to its 2010 access undertaking.
Subsequently, on 18 May 2011, QR Network submitted the explanatory notes designed to support its submission. The explanatory notes set out the rationale for the allocation of functions and responsibilities between a train operator and the end user under the proposed new model.
The proposed new form of standard access agreement was submitted pursuant to clause 5.2 (n) of QR Network’s 2010 access undertaking.
QR Network’s submission to the Authority contains:
- end user agreement - a proposed standard access agreement which can be entered into by users of rail haulage services to contract directly with QR Network for access rights, without bearing liability and obligations for above rail operational issues;
- train operations agreement - a proposed standard access agreement which can be entered into by one or more railway operators, nominated by such users who are access seekers or access holders pursuant to a user agreement with QR Network of the type described in (a), under which they can utilise some or all of the user’s access rights, subject to assuming liability and obligations in relation to above rail operational issues;
- amendments to the 2010 undertaking - to give effect to the proposed new standard access agreements; and
- explanatory notes - for proposed standard access agreements and consequential amendments to the 2010 access undertaking.
On 27 July 2012, the Authority made a draft decision not to approve Aurizon Network’s proposed SAAs and, in response to its request, received 8 submissions from stakeholders commenting on that draft decision.
On 24 April 2013, the Authority released a final decision not to approve Aurizon Network’s proposal. The Authority’s final decision sets out the reasons for its decision and requires Aurizon Network to amend and resubmit the alternative SAAs and access undertaking by 29 May 2013 in accordance with the Authority’s final decision.
The Authority’s final decision, and all other documents relating to this matter to date, can be downloaded below.
Final Decision Documents
Draft Decision Documents
on the Authority's draft decision:
- Anglo American (Nov 12) (PDF, 50KB)
- Asciano (Oct 12) (PDF, 140KB)
- BMA (Oct 12) (PDF, 930KB)
- QR National (Oct 12) (PDF, 845KB)
- QR Network (Oct 12) (PDF, 1.1MB)
- QR Network - Mark-up of QCA's proposed EUAA (Oct 12) (PDF, 780KB)
- QR Network - Mark-up of QCA's proposed TOA (Oct 12) (PDF, 1MB)
- QRC (Nov 12) (PDF, 95KB)
- QRC - Mark-up of QCA's proposed EUAA (Nov 12) (PDF, 390KB)
- QRC - Mark-up of QCA's proposed TOA (Nov 12) (PDF, 635KB)
- RTCA (Nov 12) (PDF, 930KB)
- Vale (Nov 12) (PDF, 815KB)
on QR Network’s proposed SAAs:
- QR Network - Response to Stakeholder Submissions (Jul 12) (PDF, 4.3MB)
- Anglo American (Sep 11) (PDF, 60KB)
- Asciano (Sep 11) (PDF, 170KB)
- Australian Rail Track Corporation (Sep 11) (PDF, 5.1MB)
- BMA (Sep 11) (PDF, 2.3MB)
- QR National (Sep 11) (PDF, 1.5MB)
- Queensland Resources Council - Submission (Sep 11) (PDF, 455KB)
- Queensland Resources Council - End User Access Agreement - Coal (Sep 11) (PDF, 755KB)
- Queensland Resources Council - Train Operations Agreement - Coal (Sep 11) (PDF, 845KB)
- Vale (Sep 11) (PDF, 1.9MB)