We are investigating the prices the Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) plans to charge for the period 2020–25, under direction from the Queensland Government. In particular, we are assessing whether the total cost of the bulk water services GAWB provides is prudent and efficient. In our investigation, the matters we consider include:
- prices that would provide GAWB with sufficient revenue to recover prudent and efficient costs
- the accumulation of under-recovered revenues and its impact on customers.
GAWB lodged its pricing proposal on 30 September 2019.
We published our draft report on 25 February 2020. We also published a summary of our initial findings, to aid stakeholder consultation, in two summary sheets.
We received submissions from 13 stakeholders on our draft report. We will consider this information in our final report, which is due 29 May 2020.
Anyone who would like to receive ongoing information about the investigation can register by following this link and choosing the option ‘Water’.
The impacts of prices on customers are discussed in the draft report, but individual customers are not identified. These impacts, which are confidential, appear in section 10.5 (in Part A) and sections 1.2, 4.4, 5.3 and 7.1 (in Part B) of the report.
Customers who want to know their pricing impacts can contact us using the contact form on our website.
Pricing information in GAWB’s proposal (lodged 30 September 2019) over which GAWB claimed confidentiality was made available to stakeholders on request.
|1 July 2019||The QCA publishes a notice of investigation|
|30 September 2019||Initial submissions and GAWB’s proposal were due|
|28 October 2019||Stakeholder submissions on GAWB’s proposal were due|
|4 November 2019||The QCA releases confidential information|
|29 November 2019||Submissions on confidential information due|
|25 February 2020||The QCA publishes a draft report|
|27 March 2020||Submissions on the draft report are due|
|By 29 May 2020||A final report will be provided to the government|
Report and papers
|25 February 2020||Draft report||QCA – Draft report Part A – GAWB price monitoring 2020-25||pdf, 2.82 Mb|
|25 February 2020||Draft report||QCA – Draft report Part B – GAWB price monitoring 2020-25||pdf, 1.34 Mb|
|25 February 2020||Other documents||QCA – initial findings sheet for Part A – GAWB price monitoring 2020-25||pdf, 573.78 Kb|
|25 February 2020||Other documents||QCA – initial findings sheet for Part B – GAWB price monitoring 2020-25||pdf, 494.73 Kb|
|13 February 2020||Consultant report||KPMG—draft report on GAWB expenditure review||pdf, 3.09 Mb|
|18 December 2019||Consultant report||CEPA – Report on GAWB WACC parameters||pdf, 618.54 Kb|
|30 September 2019||Submission||GAWB proposal – Part B – Redacted by the QCA||pdf, 1.04 Mb|
|31 October 2019||Submission||Letter – GAWB to QCA – Confidentiality claim – 31 October 19||pdf, 553.60 Kb|
|25 October 2019||Other documents||Letter – QCA to GAWB – Confidentiality claim – 25 October 2019||pdf, 325.74 Kb|
|01 October 2019||Submission||GAWB proposal – cover letter||pdf, 140.53 Kb|
|01 October 2019||Submission||GAWB proposal – Part A||pdf, 4.30 Mb|
|01 October 2019||Submission||GAWB proposal – Part B||pdf, 4.06 Mb|
|01 October 2019||Submission||GAWB proposal – Att 1 (Referral and direction notice)||pdf, 568.47 Kb|
|01 October 2019||Submission||GAWB proposal – Att 2 (DAE cost escalation factors)||pdf, 613.40 Kb|
|01 October 2019||Submission||GAWB proposal – Att 3 (Synergies WACC report)||pdf, 720.54 Kb|
|01 October 2019||Submission||GAWB proposal – Att 4 (Capital contributions framework)||pdf, 155.13 Kb|
|01 October 2019||Submission||WICET – initial submission||pdf, 173.00 Kb|
|25 February 2020||Notice||QCA—Stakeholder notice—Consultation on draft report||pdf, 561.56 Kb|
|04 November 2019||Notice||QCA – Stakeholder Notice – Access to confidential information||pdf, 412.91 Kb|
|11 October 2019||Notice||QCA – Statutory request to provide contracts||pdf, 353.85 Kb|
|11 October 2019||Notice||QCA – Stakeholder notice – statutory requests||pdf, 529.51 Kb|
|01 October 2019||Notice||QCA – Consultation on GAWB’s regulatory proposal||pdf, 526.15 Kb|
|01 July 2019||Notice||QCA – Guidance notice||pdf, 689.08 Kb|
|01 July 2019||Notice||QCA – Notice of investigation||pdf, 534.88 Kb|
|28 June 2019||Minister’s direction||Treasurer – Referral and direction notice||pdf, 568.54 Kb|