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).
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.
|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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|