Queensland Rail 2020 draft access undertaking

Status
In progress

Queensland Rail’s 2020 draft access undertaking sets out its proposed terms and conditions for negotiating access to its rail infrastructure after the 2016 access undertaking terminates in June 2020. Queensland Rail lodged its 2020 DAU on 14 August 2018. We published our draft decision on 29 April 2019, and our decision on 28 February 2020.

We have published our decision not to approve Queensland Rail’s 2020 draft access undertaking (2020 DAU). We have issued Queensland Rail with a secondary undertaking notice asking it to submit an amended 2020 DAU by 27 April 2020.

The decision and secondary undertaking notice, Queensland Rail’s 2020 DAU and related documents are available below.

Consultant report

We have published, along with the decision, a report prepared for the QCA by Systra Scott Lister (Systra), on Queensland Rail’s proposed maintenance, capital and operating expenditure. Queensland Rail has claimed that some of the information in Systra’s report is confidential.

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.*

Reference tariff model

Our West Moreton 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.

* 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.

 

We 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.

On 6 July 2018, we 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 we began investigating whether or not to approve it.

On 29 April 2019, we published a draft decision on the 2020 DAU. We also published two reports prepared for the QCA: one by Incenta Economic Consulting on aspects of Queensland Rail’s weighted average cost of capital (WACC) and the other by Systra Scott Lister (Systra) on Queensland Rail’s proposed maintenance, capital and operating expenditure.

On 24 October 2019, we published a discussion paper seeking further comment on the appropriate pricing approach for West Moreton coal services. On 22 November 2019, Queensland Rail submitted a revised proposal for access pricing for coal services on the West Moreton system at low volumes.

The 2020 DAU and related documents are available below.

 

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 on DAU due
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 on draft decision due
15 July 2019 Submissions published
2 August 2019 Collaborative submission time extended by six weeks
27 September 2019 Collaborative submissions due
3 October 2019 Collaborative submissions published
24 October 2019 West Moreton coal pricing discussion paper published by the QCA
25 November 2019 Revised West Moreton coal pricing proposal by QR published
19 December 2019 Further submissions on West Moreton coal pricing due
20 December 2019 Further submissions on West Moreton coal pricing published
20 February 2020* Expiry of the ‘6-month’ period for the QCA to make a decision
28 February 2020 Decision and secondary undertaking notice published by QCA
27 April 2020 Amended DAU due from QR
30 June 2020 2016 undertaking terminates

* s. 147 of the QCA Act gives the QCA 6 months for making a decision and describes the periods that should not be counted towards the 6 months.

Reports and papers

Date
Title Document
27 February 2020 Final report QCA – QR 2020 DAU decision and secondary undertaking notice pdf, 2.12 Mb
27 February 2020 Final report QCA – Appendix B1 – marked up QR 2020 DAU pdf, 1009.38 Kb
27 February 2020 Final report QCA – Appendix B1 – clean QR 2020 DAU pdf, 820.76 Kb
27 February 2020 Final report QCA – Appendix B2 – marked up QR 2020 DAU SAA pdf, 1.89 Mb
27 February 2020 Final report QCA – Appendix B2 – clean QR 2020 DAU SAA pdf, 1.11 Mb
04 February 2020 Consultant report Systra – Update to West Moreton costs 2020-25 pdf, 1.20 Mb
Date
Title Document
21 February 2020 Notice QCA – QR 2020 DAU timeframe – stakeholder notice pdf, 652.26 Kb
02 August 2019 Notice QCA – QR 2020 DAU Notice – Collaborative submission extension pdf, 535.44 Kb
15 July 2019 Notice QCA – QR 2020 DAU Notice – Collaborative submissions pdf, 553.38 Kb
19 October 2018 Notice QCA – QR 2020 DAU Notice – Collaborative submissions pdf, 487.35 Kb
21 September 2018 Notice QCA – Staff topics for stakeholder comments pdf, 491.45 Kb
Date
Title Document
19 December 2019 Submission Aurizon Coal—Submission on West Moreton coal pricing pdf, 136.55 Kb
19 December 2019 Submission New Hope—Submission on West Moreton coal pricing pdf, 255.09 Kb
19 December 2019 Submission Queensland Rail—Submission on West Moreton coal pricing pdf, 3.44 Mb
19 December 2019 Submission Queensland Rail – 2020 DAU loss cap drafting pdf, 1.52 Mb
19 December 2019 Submission Yancoal—Submission on West Moreton coal pricing pdf, 388.32 Kb
22 November 2019 Submission Queensland Rail—Revised West Moreton coal pricing proposal pdf, 4.32 Mb
Date
Title Document
24 October 2019 Other documents QCA – West Moreton coal pricing discussion paper pdf, 632.50 Kb
Date
Title Document
27 September 2019 Submission Aurizon Coal – QR 2020 DAU collaborative submission pdf, 127.81 Kb
27 September 2019 Submission Glencore-collab-sub-QR-2020-DAU-DD pdf, 652.66 Kb
27 September 2019 Submission Incitec Pivot – QR 2020 DAU collaborative submission pdf, 414.88 Kb
27 September 2019 Submission New Hope – QR 2020 DAU collaborative submission pdf, 868.81 Kb
27 September 2019 Submission Pacific National – QR 2020 DAU collaborative submission pdf, 170.15 Kb
27 September 2019 Submission Queensland Rail – QR 2020 DAU collaborative submission pdf, 5.30 Mb
27 September 2019 Submission Yancoal – QR 2020 DAU collaborative submission pdf, 268.23 Kb
Date
Title Document
11 July 2019 Submission Aurizon Bulk-submission on 2020 DAU draft decision pdf, 1.58 Mb
11 July 2019 Submission Aurizon Coal-submission on 2020 DAU draft decision pdf, 162.71 Kb
11 July 2019 Submission New Hope-submission on 2020 DAU draft decision pdf, 244.97 Kb
19 July 2019 Submission Pacific National-submission on 2020 DAU draft decision pdf, 566.96 Kb
11 July 2019 Submission Queensland Rail-submission on 2020 DAU draft decision – letter pdf, 1.18 Mb
11 July 2019 Submission Queensland Rail-submission on 2020 DAU draft decision pdf, 3.42 Mb
11 July 2019 Submission Yancoal-submission on 2020 DAU draft decision pdf, 514.85 Kb
Date
Title Document
29 April 2019 Draft report QCA – draft decision on Queensland Rail 2020 DAU pdf, 2.41 Mb
11 June 2019 Consultant report Systra – Report: Review of proposed maintenance, capital and operations expenditure pdf, 13.47 Mb
29 April 2019 Consultant report Incenta – Report: Estimating Queensland Rail’s WACC for the 2020 DAU pdf, 980.89 Kb
Date
Title Document
16 November 2018 Submission Yancoal – QR 2020 DAU collab sub pdf, 287.18 Kb
16 November 2018 Submission QR – Letter re 2020 DAU collab sub pdf, 2.42 Mb
16 November 2018 Submission QR – 2020 DAU collab sub pdf, 1.71 Mb
Date
Title Document
07 November 2018 Submission Pacific National – submission on QR 2020 DAU pdf, 245.70 Kb
18 October 2018 Submission Aurizon Bulk – submission on QR 2020 DAU pdf, 8.21 Mb
17 October 2018 Submission Aurizon Coal – submission on QR 2020 DAU pdf, 92.04 Kb
17 October 2018 Submission New Hope – submission on QR 2020 DAU – Letter pdf, 766.44 Kb
17 October 2018 Submission New Hope – submission on QR 2020 DAU – Vol 1 pdf, 313.46 Kb
17 October 2018 Submission New Hope – submission on QR 2020 DAU – Vol 2 pdf, 243.46 Kb
17 October 2018 Submission Yancoal – submission on QR 2020 DAU pdf, 477.76 Kb
Date
Title Document
24 October 2018 Submission QR – Letter re 2020 DAU redacted documents pdf, 1.56 Mb
24 October 2018 Submission QR – 2020 DAU Explanatory Document – with volumes pdf, 8.58 Mb
14 August 2018 Submission QR – letter re 2020 DAU pdf, 2.38 Mb
14 August 2018 Submission QR – 2020 DAU and SAA – clean pdf, 1.58 Mb
14 August 2018 Submission QR – 2020 DAU and SAA – marked up pdf, 1.82 Mb
22 August 2018 Submission QR – 2020 DAU Explanatory Document pdf, 26.21 Mb
22 August 2018 Submission QR – 2020 DAU Expl – Att 2 Frontier Asset Equity Beta pdf, 8.28 Mb
22 August 2018 Submission QR – 2020 DAU Expl – Att 3 West Moreton Capital Expenditure pdf, 12.36 Mb
22 August 2018 Submission QR – 2020 DAU Expl – Att 4 GHD West Moreton Capital Expenditure pdf, 12.39 Mb
22 August 2018 Submission QR – 2020 DAU Expl – Att 5 West Moreton Maintenance pdf, 21.23 Mb
22 August 2018 Submission QR – 2020 DAU Expl – Att 6 GHD West Moreton Maintenance pdf, 14.40 Mb
22 August 2018 Submission QR – 2020 DAU Expl – Att 7 HoustonKemp Price Differentiation pdf, 5.90 Mb
22 August 2018 Submission QR – 2020 DAU Expl – Att 8 HoustonKemp Contract Renewal Rights pdf, 5.51 Mb
Date
Title Document
16 August 2018 Notice QCA – QR 2020 DAU – Notice of investigation and time periods pdf, 501.20 Kb
Date
Title Document
06 July 2018 Other documents QCA – Statement of regulatory intent pdf, 768.85 Kb
Date
Title Document
27 July 2018 Other documents QCA – Letter re QR lodgement extension pdf, 183.00 Kb
16 July 2018 Submission QR – Request for DAU lodgement extension pdf, 812.46 Kb
15 February 2018 Other documents QCA – Letter re extension of QR 2020 DAU submission date pdf, 480.09 Kb
24 January 2018 Submission QR – Letter re extension of 2020 DAU submission date pdf, 3.71 Mb
19 September 2019 Other documents QCA – letter re averaging period pdf, 237.45 Kb
05 September 2019 Other documents Queensland Rail—letter re averaging period pdf, 164.47 Kb
Date
Title Document
14 September 2017 Other documents QCA – letter re QR Initial Undertaking Notice pdf, 493.10 Kb
14 September 2017 Notice QCA – QR Initial Undertaking Notice pdf, 201.80 Kb