SEQ retail water long-term regulatory framework

Status
Past review
Final report
30/09/2014

The QCA has conducted four price monitoring reviews of distribution–retail water providers in south east Queensland covering the pricing periods from July 2010 to June 2015.

On 28 June 2013, we received a ministerial direction to investigate and develop a long-term regulatory framework (and pricing principles).  

The purpose of the review was to improve the regulatory framework and reduce the regulatory costs for water businesses—while providing protection to water users from monopoly power.

We released a staff guidance paper on the rules and procedures for the proposed annual performance monitoring framework.

Our final report on a long-term regulatory framework for monitoring the performance of water retailers in south east Queensland is in three parts:

  • Part A provides an overview of the recommended annual performance monitoring framework.
  • Part B sets out the details of the recommended annual performance monitoring framework.
  • Part C sets out pricing principles to be considered by water retailers.

Our assessments of the suitability of the retailers to transition to the recommended regulatory framework form appendices E to I of the final report.

Our position on the treatment of the weighted average cost of capital (WACC) to apply as part of the annual performance monitoring regulatory framework forms appendix B of the final report.

In undertaking the investigation, we released for consultation:

  • a position paper on a long-term regulatory framework for monitoring the performance of water retailers in south east Queensland
  • a position paper on pricing principles to be applied by water retailers
  • draft assessments of the suitability of the retailers to transition to the recommended regulatory framework
  • a technical paper on implementation issues
  • a position paper on the treatment of the weighted average cost of capital (WACC).

 

We were directed to develop a long-term regulatory framework for the monopoly distribution and retail water and sewerage activities of Unitywater, Queensland Urban Utilities and Logan, Redland and Gold Coast City Councils.

Under the ministers’ direction, our task was to:

  1. develop a regulatory framework that protects the long-term interests of users of SEQ water and sewerage services by ensuring the prices of these services reflect prudent and efficient costs, while promoting efficient investment in, and use of, these services
  2. develop pricing principles that apply to the industry including water, sewerage, trade-waste, recycled water services and stormwater re-use services.

A final report was required by 30 September 2014.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
16 April 2015 Submission Letter from Coolum Residents Association pdf, 338.80 Kb
16 April 2015 Submission Letter from Amy-Rose West pdf, 365.59 Kb
16 April 2015 Submission GCW submission pdf, 400.83 Kb
16 April 2015 Submission Redland Council submission pdf, 348.50 Kb
16 April 2015 Submission QUU submission pdf, 5.31 Mb
Date
Title Document
12 March 2015 Other papers Guidance Paper pdf, 964.08 Kb
12 March 2015 Other papers LRMC working example xlsx, 28.26 Kb
Date
Title Document
30 September 2014 Final report Part A pdf, 290.43 Kb
30 September 2014 Final report Part B pdf, 1.43 Mb
30 September 2014 Final report Part C pdf, 1001.93 Kb
30 September 2014 Other documents Appendix A pdf, 436.94 Kb
30 September 2014 Other documents Appendix B pdf, 857.53 Kb
30 September 2014 Other documents Appendix C pdf, 181.86 Kb
30 September 2014 Other documents Appendix D pdf, 129.97 Kb
30 September 2014 Other documents Appendix E pdf, 360.02 Kb
30 September 2014 Other documents Appendix F pdf, 394.45 Kb
30 September 2014 Other documents Appendix G pdf, 340.87 Kb
30 September 2014 Other documents Appendix H pdf, 379.12 Kb
30 September 2014 Other documents Appendix I pdf, 333.80 Kb
Date
Title Document
10 September 2014 Submission QTC – cover letter pdf, 32.93 Kb
09 September 2014 Submission Gold Coast City Council pdf, 500.96 Kb
09 September 2014 Submission Unitywater pdf, 1.34 Mb
09 September 2014 Submission QUU pdf, 80.14 Kb
09 September 2014 Submission QTC pdf, 612.98 Kb
Date
Title Document
05 September 2014 Other papers WACC Paper pdf, 991.84 Kb
Date
Title Document
19 August 2014 Submission Unitywater pdf, 3.13 Mb
19 August 2014 Submission Unite against Unity txt, 2.26 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission Redland City Council pdf, 1.02 Mb
19 August 2014 Submission QUU cover letter pdf, 261.48 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission QUU pdf, 244.77 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission Coolum Residents Association pdf, 412.83 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission City of Gold Coast pdf, 342.93 Kb
Date
Title Document
18 June 2014 Other papers SEQ Long-term Regulatory Framework Implementation pdf, 408.49 Kb
Date
Title Document
20 August 2014 Submission Ms H Williams pdf, 1.66 Mb
19 August 2014 Submission Unitywater – covering letter pdf, 1.33 Mb
19 August 2014 Submission Unitywater pdf, 506.90 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission Redland City Council pdf, 1.84 Mb
19 August 2014 Submission QUU pdf, 507.79 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission DEHP pdf, 2.85 Mb
19 August 2014 Submission Aurora Tower pdf, 109.73 Kb
Date
Title Document
28 March 2014 Other papers SEQ Long term Regulatory Framework – Pricing Principles pdf, 2.10 Mb
Date
Title Document
19 August 2014 Submission Unitywater covering letter pdf, 1.33 Mb
19 August 2014 Submission Unitywater pdf, 506.87 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission Redland City Council pdf, 1.84 Mb
19 August 2014 Submission QUU – cover letter pdf, 227.13 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission QUU pdf, 507.81 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission QldWater pdf, 166.69 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission QCOSS – covering letter pdf, 256.55 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission QCOSS pdf, 587.55 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission Logan City Council pdf, 1.63 Mb
19 August 2014 Submission Gold Coast City Council pdf, 2.76 Mb
19 August 2014 Submission Coolum Residents Association pdf, 1.34 Mb
20 August 2014 Submission Richard Koerner pdf, 99.03 Kb
19 August 2014 Submission Amy-Rose West pdf, 36.12 Kb
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Title Document
03 March 2014 Other papers Position Paper pdf, 1.39 Mb
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Title Document
27 February 2014 Submission Logan Water pdf, 406.61 Kb
11 May 2019 Submission Lockyer Valley Regional Council pdf, 75.36 Kb
15 July 2013 Submission Moreton Bay Regional Council pdf, 142.66 Kb
15 August 2013 Submission Moreton Bay Regional Council 1 pdf, 292.94 Kb
15 August 2013 Submission Gold Coast City Council pdf, 430.63 Kb
15 August 2013 Submission Gold Coast City Council pdf, 430.63 Kb
15 August 2013 Submission Sunshine Coast Regional Council pdf, 142.93 Kb
15 August 2013 Submission Unitywater pdf, 840.39 Kb
15 August 2013 Submission Queensland Urban Utilities pdf, 1.85 Mb
15 July 2013 Submission QLDwater pdf, 293.50 Kb
15 July 2013 Submission Brisbane City Council pdf, 264.34 Kb
15 July 2013 Submission Department of Local Government- Community Recovery and Resilience pdf, 64.30 Kb
Date
Title Document
21 May 2014 Draft report Draft Assessment – Unitywater pdf, 352.51 Kb
21 May 2014 Draft report Draft Assessment – Redland Water pdf, 366.87 Kb
21 May 2014 Draft report Draft Assessment – QUU pdf, 401.97 Kb
21 May 2014 Draft report Draft Assessment – Logan Water pdf, 339.01 Kb
21 May 2014 Draft report Draft Assessment – Gold Coast Water pdf, 332.55 Kb
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Title Document
07 February 2014 Other documents Work Program pdf, 76.67 Kb
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Title Document
26 June 2013 Minister’s direction Ministers’ – Direction pdf, 1.51 Mb