Application for certification of the Western Australian rail access regime (Application)

On 12 May 2010 the Council received an application from the Premier of Western Australia, the Hon Colin Barnett MLA, under s44M of the Trade Practices Act (TPA) for the certification of the Western Australian Rail Access Regime established under the Railways (Access) Act 1998 (WA) and the Railways (Access) Code 2000.  A copy of the application and legislation is available below.

The Council now invites written submissions on the application from interested parties. The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Thursday 17 June 2010

Parties making a submission should refer to the Council's Guide to making a submission on certification applications and Guide to certification which are available below.  Submissions should be emailed in soft copy (both MS Word and PDF) to the Council at with a hard copy sent to:

WA Rail Submissions
National Competition Council
GPO Box 250
Melbourne VIC 3001

The Council will then consider the submissions, prepare a draft recommendation, provide a further opportunity for public comment on the draft recommendation and provide its final recommendation to the Commonwealth Minister who will decide whether or not to certify the regime as effective.  

If you would like to be kept informed of developments with the application, please download and complete the Registration of interest form below and email it to or fax it to (03) 9285 7477.


Application for certification, May 2010 (PDF, 724KB)

Railway (Access) Act 1998 (PDF, 134KB)

Railway (Access) Code 2000 (PDF, 199KB)

Guide to certification (PDF, 927KB)

Guide to making submissions on certification applications (PDF, 409KB)

Registration of interest (RTF, 327KB)