Regulatory projects

Title Industry Type Status
Gas inquiry 2017-2020 Energy Inquiry Ongoing
Commenced 19 April 2017

On 19 April 2017 the Australian Government directed the ACCC to conduct a wide-ranging inquiry into the supply of and demand for wholesale gas in Australia, as well as to publish regular information on the supply and pricing of gas for the next three years.

NBN Wholesale Market Indicators Report Communications Policy development Ongoing
15 August 2019

The ACCC proposes to publish a NBN Wholesale Market Indicators report which would provide, on a quarterly basis, visibility over the development of the wholesale market for NBN access services.

2022 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking Rail Access undertaking Ongoing

The 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking (HVAU) is due to expire on 31 December 2021. The ACCC expects that the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) will soon commence its consultation process for a replacement Hunter Valley Access Undertaking.

Australia Post - letter pricing 2019 Postal services Price notification Ongoing

On 1 August 2019, Australia Post provided the ACCC with a draft price notification proposing to increase prices of ordinary letters delivered at the regular timetable by 10 per cent.

Mobile Terminating Access Service access determination inquiry - 2019 Communications Access determination Ongoing

The ACCC is holding a public inquiry under section 497 of the Telecommunications Act 1997 (Cth) on whether to extend, vary, or revoke the current domestic mobile terminating access service (MTAS) final access determination (FAD).

Domestic transmission capacity service final access determination inquiry 2019 Communications Access determination Ongoing

On 5 June 2019, the ACCC released a consultation paper to formally commence a public inquiry into making a final access determination (FAD) for the domestic transmission capacity service (DTCS). The consultation paper seeks industry views on the pricing approach that the ACCC should adopt for the DTCS and the appropriate prices for newly-defined transmission route services, such as backhaul to regional mobile base stations.

NBN Co SAU variation: extension to non-price terms Communications Access undertaking Ongoing

On 8 May 2019, NBN Co lodged a proposed variation to its Special Access Undertaking (SAU) with the ACCC. The Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) allows NBN Co to give the ACCC a variation to an SAU already in operation. The ACCC accepted NBN Co’s current SAU on 13 December 2013, following an extensive consultation process.

Measuring Broadband Australia program Communications Monitoring Ongoing
6 February 2019

On 7 April 2017, the Federal Government announced that it will fund a new broadband performance monitoring program to provide Australian consumers with accurate and independent information about broadband speeds.

Fixed line services FAD inquiry 2018 Communications Access determination Ongoing
31 March 2019

On 12 November 2018, the ACCC commenced a combined public inquiry into making final access determinations (FADs) for the six fixed line telecommunications services and the wholesale ADSL service.

NBN wholesale service standards inquiry Communications Inquiry Ongoing
18 December 2017

On 2 November 2017, the ACCC commenced a public inquiry to determine whether NBN wholesale service standard levels are appropriate, and consider whether regulation is necessary to improve consumer experiences.

Electricity market monitoring 2018-2025 Energy Inquiry Ongoing

On 20 August 2018, the Treasurer directed the ACCC to hold a public inquiry that will monitor the prices, profits and margins in the supply of electricity in the National Energy Market. The inquiry will provide its first report by 31 March 2019 and at least every six months thereafter until the conclusion of the inquiry on 31 August 2025.

Facilities Access Code Review 2018 Communications Review Ongoing

The ACCC’s A Code of Access to Telecommunications Transmission Towers, Sites of Towers and Underground Facilities (the Facilities Access Code) was made under Clause 37 of Part 5 of Schedule 1 of the Telecommunications Act 1997. It governs how access to certain telecommunications facilities owned by telecommunications carriers, including mobile towers and underground ducts, is provided to other carriers seeking to install their equipment on or in those facilities.

Regional mobile issues Communications Monitoring Ongoing

During the domestic mobile roaming declaration inquiry, the ACCC received submissions from many regional stakeholders regarding regional mobile issues, such as inadequate mobile coverage and coverage information. At the end of the inquiry, the ACCC released a separate paper Measures to address regional mobile issues, which discussed a number of measures which could improve outcomes for regional mobile consumers.

NBN Services in Operation Record Keeping Rules Communications Monitoring Ongoing
March 2018

The NBN Services in Operation Record Keeping Rules (RKR) require NBN Co to provide information on the number of Access Virtual Circuit (AVC) services in operation, the amount of Connectivity Virtual Circuit (CVC) capacity being acquired and average CVC utilisation over the NBN.

 

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