Access to monopoly infrastructure

Access regulation seeks to promote effective competition in markets that depend on using the services of infrastructure that cannot be economically duplicated.

Current applications

Application for certification of the South Australian water infrastructure access regime

On 11 November 2016 the National Competition Council received an application under section 44M of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) from the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Jay Weatherill MP, for certification of the South Australian third-party access regime for water infrastructure services (Regime). Certification is sought for specified bulk water transport pipelines operated by SA Water set out in Part 9A of the Water Industry Act 2012 (SA). The Council invited submissions on the application but did not receive any responses. The Council will shortly publish a draft recommendation.

Current status - 2. Submissions on application

Application for declaration of shipping channel services at the Port of Newcastle

The Council received an application under Part IIIA of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CCA) from Glencore Coal Pty Ltd seeking declaration provision of the right to access and use the shipping channels provided by the Port of Newcastle. On 8 January 2016 the Minister made a decision not to declare the service. On 29 January Glencore applied to the Australian Competition Tribunal for a review of the Minister's decision. On 31 May 2016 the Tribunal decided the service should be declared and on 16 June 2016 made orders giving effect to that decision. On 14 July 2016, Port of Newcastle Operations Pty Ltd applied for judicial review of the Tribunal’s decision.

Current status - 6. Outcome & subsequent events