On 30 July 2008, the ACCC accepted ARTC’s Interstate Rail access undertaking.
ARTC’s undertaking sets out the principles and processes under which ARTC, as an infrastructure provider of rail, will be obliged to provide access to businesses wishing to run trains on ARTC’s interstate rail network.
The interstate rail network covers the mainline standard gauge track linking Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, Adelaide, Wolseley and Crystal Brook in South Australia, Melbourne and Wodonga in Victoria and Broken Hill, Cootamundra, Albury, Macarthur, Moss Vale, Unanderra, Newcastle (to the Queensland border) and Parkes in New South Wales (NSW).
Prior to accepting ARTC's application, the ACCC engaged in an extensive assessment process including public consultation.
The ACCC had regard to ARTC’s application and other information provided to the ACCC, submissions made on the June and December undertakings, including responses to the draft decision, consultants engaged by the ACCC to review the efficiency of ARTC’s operating and maintenance expenditure, cost allocation methodology and proposed valuation of network assets, and the ACCC’s own research.
For a full timeline of related undertaking applications and variations to this access undertaking, please see:
ARTC Interstate Rail access undertaking