QCA levy

Status
In effect
Final report
19/12/2019

The 2016 access undertaking (AU1) allows Queensland Rail to include a QCA levy component in its access charge.

  • The QCA levy is the amount that a regulated entity recovers from its customers, to recover the QCA fee.
  • The QCA fee is the amount charged by the QCA to a regulated entity.

The QCA levy component of the access charge is determined from year to year, based on the amount Queensland Rail has paid the QCA. It is allocated amongst train service types in a manner approved by the QCA (cl. 3.7).

2019–20 QCA levy

Queensland Rail submitted its proposed 2019–20 QCA levies on 7 November 2019. Queensland Rail’s proposal sought to collect $2.24 million in levies during the 2019–20 financial year. We sought submissions on the proposed levies and received two responses, from Pacific National and Yancoal.

We approved Queensland Rail’s proposed 2019–20 levies on 19 December 2019.

Queensland Rail’s submission, submissions from stakeholders and our final decision notice are available below.

Date Action
11 November 2019 Queensland Rail proposal published
25 November 2019 Stakeholder submissions period closed—two submissions were received
19 December 2019 We approved Queensland Rail’s proposed 2019–20 QCA levies

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
19 December 2019 Final report QCA—Final decision notice pdf, 1.13 Mb
Date
Title Document
11 November 2019 Submission Queensland Rail—QCA levy 2019–20 submission pdf, 1.69 Mb
Date
Title Document
25 November 2019 Submission Pacific National—Submission on the 2019–20 QCA levies pdf, 127.51 Kb
25 November 2019 Submission Yancoal—Submission on the 2019–20 QCA levies pdf, 194.76 Kb
Date
Title Document
11 November 2019 Notice Stakeholder notice—Queensland Rail 2019–20 QCA levy pdf, 524.78 Kb

2018–19 QCA levy

We made a final decision to approve Queensland Rail’s proposal for the 2018–19 QCA levy on 14 December 2018.

We published our draft decision to approve Queensland Rail’s proposal for the 2018–19 QCA levy on 18 October 2018.

Stakeholders were invited to comment on this draft decision by Friday, 9 November 2018.

No submissions were received by this deadline.

 

The 2016 access undertaking (AU1) allows Queensland Rail to include a QCA levy component in its access charge.

  • The QCA levy is the amount that a regulated entity recovers from its customers, to recover the QCA fee.
  • The QCA fee is the amount charged by the QCA to a regulated entity.

The QCA levy component of the access charge is determined from year to year, based on the amount Queensland Rail has paid the QCA. It is ‘allocated amongst Train Service types in a manner approved by the QCA’ (cl. 3.7).

On 4 September 2018, Queensland Rail submitted its proposed 2018–19 QCA levy, seeking to collect $1.69 million in levies during the 2018–19 financial year. This amount reflects how much the QCA charged Queensland Rail, for work related to:

  • Queensland Rail’s compliance with its obligations under AU1
  • investigating the 2020 draft access undertaking.

Queensland Rail subsequently submitted a letter to amend its proposal for the reconciliation of the QCA fee 2017–18 on 28 September 2018. We received two submissions on this proposal, from New Hope Group and Pacific National.

 

Date Action
5 September 2018 Queensland Rail proposal was published and stakeholder submissions invited
24 September 2018 The QCA published the submissions
28 September 2018 Queensland Rail amended its proposal
18 October 2018 The QCA published its draft decision and sought stakeholder submissions
9 November 2018 Submissions on the draft decision were due
14 December 2018 The QCA made its final decision

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
17 December 2018 Final report QCA Final decision notice pdf, 1.33 Mb
Date
Title Document
18 October 2018 Draft report QCA Draft decision on QR QCA levy 2018-19 pdf, 1.01 Mb
Date
Title Document
28 September 2018 Submission QR Letter to amend QCA levy 2018-19 proposal pdf, 530.90 Kb
04 September 2018 Submission QR 2018-19 QCA levy proposal pdf, 968.30 Kb
04 September 2018 Submission QR 2018-19 QCA levy letter pdf, 265.65 Kb
Date
Title Document
24 September 2018 Submission Pacific National – submission on QCA levy 2018-19 proposal pdf, 776.64 Kb
20 September 2018 Submission New Hope Group – submission on QCA levy 2018-19 proposal pdf, 1.85 Mb
Date
Title Document
05 September 2018 Notice QCA – Stakeholder notice QR 2018-19 QCA levy pdf, 491.56 Kb

2017–18 QCA levy

On 21 June 2018, we made a final decision to approve Queensland Rail’s proposal for the 2017–18 QCA levy.

Our final decision notice and related documents can be downloaded below.

The 2016 undertaking provides that an access charge can include a QCA levy component to be collected by Queensland Rail. The QCA fee is the amount charged by the QCA to a regulated party, while the QCA levy is the charge to customers through which the regulated party recovers the QCA fee it has paid.

The QCA levy component is determined from year to year based on the amount paid to the QCA by Queensland Rail and ‘allocated amongst Train Service types in a manner approved by the QCA’ (cl. 3.7).

On 5 January 2018, Queensland Rail submitted its proposed 2017–18 QCA levy, seeking to collect $2.2 million in levies to recoup:

  • a $2.0 million under-recovery of QCA fees accumulated between 2010–11 and 2016–17
  • the $198,000 QCA fee for 2017–18.

We received three submissions on Queensland Rail’s proposal.

We did not receive any submissions from stakeholders on our 23 May 2018 draft decision to approve the proposal.

Date Action
5 January 2018 Queensland Rail submitted its proposal
12 February 2018 Submissions closed
23 May 2018 Draft decision
6 June 2018 Submissions closed
21 June 2018 Final decision

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
21 June 2018 Final report QCA – Final decision on QR’s QCA levy 2017-18 pdf, 926.66 Kb
Date
Title Document
23 May 2018 Draft report QCA – Draft decision on Queensland Rail’s 2017-18 QCA levy pdf, 881.81 Kb
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Title Document
12 February 2018 Draft report Yancoal Submission on QR 2017-18 QCA levy pdf, 405.88 Kb
12 February 2018 Submission New Hope Submission on QR 2017-18 QCA levy pdf, 1.44 Mb
12 February 2018 Submission Pacific National Submission on QR 2017-18 QCA levy pdf, 1.80 Mb
Date
Title Document
05 January 2018 Notice Queensland Rail Letter re 2017-18 QCA Levy pdf, 395.68 Kb
05 January 2018 Submission Queensland Rail 2017-18 QCA Levy report pdf, 647.21 Kb
Date
Title Document
16 January 2018 Notice Stakeholder Notice Queensland Rail 2017-18 QCA Levy pdf, 326.85 Kb