Variation application

On 5 June 2017, ARTC applied to the ACCC to vary its 2011 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking to extend the term of the undertaking to 31 December 2020.

ARTC's application and public versions of its supporting materials are available below.

ACCC issues draft decision on Hunter Valley rail network access undertaking

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has issued a draft decision not to accept the proposed Hunter Valley rail network access undertaking lodged by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC).

The ACCC considers that the access undertaking is not appropriate in its current form as the key terms, such as the rate of return and approach to calculating weighted average mine life, do not reflect the regulatory and commercial risks faced by ARTC.

Draft decision

On 20 April 2017, the ACCC released a draft decision inviting submissions on the 2017 HVAU submitted by ARTC on 9 December 2016.

Submissions on the draft decision were due by 12 May 2017.

Undertaking application

On 9 December 2016, ARTC submitted the 2017 Hunter Valley Access Undertaking (2017 HVAU) to ACCC for assessment pursuant to Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (the Act). This access undertaking is for the provision of access to the Hunter Valley Rail Network operated by ARTC in New South Wales.