GAWB price monitoring 2020–25

Status
In progress

Customer payments for accumulated revenue under-recovery

We have made available additional information regarding GAWB’s proposal to recover accumulated under-recovered revenues from customers by way of annuities.

Some of this information was initially omitted from the version of Part B of GAWB’s regulatory submission published on our website on 1 October 2019 because GAWB claimed it is confidential.

The QCA formally assessed GAWB’s confidentiality claim and determined that the proposed amounts attributable to a customer are not confidential to that customer and therefore each customer’s amounts should be communicated to them individually.

A new version of Part B of GAWB’s proposal which redacts the individual customer amounts is available below (see pages 12 and 15). We also published relevant non-confidential correspondence regarding this matter, and a stakeholder notice with more information (see Notices folder below).

Requesting information

Individual customers of GAWB may now apply to us for access to unredacted information that discloses GAWB’s proposal for their:

(1) respective share of the $124.7m accumulated under-recovery, and
(2) respective annuity for the under-recovery to be collected in addition to the proposed prices.

Requests for access to this information should be made via the contact form. Customers should specify their request in the Comments box of the contact form, including the name of the organisation and official position of the requestor.

Given this information is new to customers, we will allow stakeholders three weeks from the date of receipt of the information to provide comments, provided they request the information promptly, as we need any comments on Part B of GAWB’s proposal by Friday 29 November at the latest.

We are investigating the prices that Gladstone Area Water Board (GAWB) is planning 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. We will consider a range of matters including:

  • prices that 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. Five stakeholders made submissions in response to the proposal.

GAWB’s customers and other stakeholders can register to receive ongoing information about the investigation, by following this link and choosing the option ‘Water’.

Access to confidential information

GAWB claimed confidentiality on information in its proposal relating to:

  • Curtis Island (chapter 17 of part A of its proposal)
  • the accumulated under-recovered revenue (two tables in chapter 2, part B of its proposal), specifically GAWB’s proposal for each customer’s:
    • share of the $124.7 million (as at 1 July 2020) under-recovered revenue
    • annual annuity payment for the under-recovered revenue to be collected in addition to the proposed prices.

Parties who seek access to that confidential information should contact us, as detailed in the stakeholder notice below.

Indicative date Action
1 July 2019 The QCA publishes a notice of investigation
30 September 2019 Initial submissions and GAWB’s proposal due
28 October 2019 Stakeholder submissions on GAWB’s proposal due
4 November 2019 The QCA releases confidential information
By 28 February 2020 The QCA draft report will be published
27 March 2020 Submissions on the draft report due
By 29 May 2020 Final report provided to the government

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
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
Date
Title Document
08 November 2019 Submission Gladstone Regional Council GAWB price monitoring 2020-2025 submission pdf, 594.68 Kb
28 October 2019 Submission Gladstone Area Water Board price monitoring 2020-2025 submission pdf, 553.63 Kb
28 October 2019 Submission CS Energy GAWB price monitoring 2020–2025 submission pdf, 595.22 Kb
28 October 2019 Submission Callide Power Management GAWB price monitoring 2020-2025 submission pdf, 254.25 Kb
28 October 2019 Submission Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal GAWB price monitoring 2020-2025 submission pdf, 129.39 Kb
28 October 2019 Submission Owen Nevin GAWB price monitoring 2020-2025 submission pdf, 195.06 Kb
Date
Title Document
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
Date
Title Document
04 November 2019 Notice 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