Aurizon Network's 2016 access undertaking (UT4)

Past review
Final report

Aurizon Network’s 2016 access undertaking came into effect on 11 October 2016 and was replaced by the 2017 access undertaking on 21 February 2019. It sets out the terms and conditions under which Aurizon Network provided access to its rail infrastructure in central Queensland. It also outlines the process an access seeker required to negotiate access to the infrastructure, and how any disputes in relation to access were to be resolved.

Aurizon Network’s 2016 access undertaking is no longer in force, following the QCA’s approval of Aurizon Network’s 2017 access undertaking.

The undertaking was subject to amendment through a draft amending access undertaking (DAAU) process under the QCA Act.

The 2016 access undertaking was based on the approvals listed below.

Date approved Approved undertaking and DAAUs
11 October 2016 2014 DAU (amended), which became the 2016 access undertaking
24 May 2017 April 2017 extension DAAU
16 June 2017 EC tariff DAAU
9 November 2017 September 2017 extension DAAU
23 May 2018 April 2018 extension DAAU
15 November 2018 October 2018 extension DAAU

Aurizon Network’s 2016 access undertaking and relevant standard agreements, as approved by the QCA, are found below.

Since the 2016 access undertaking was approved, Aurizon Network had proposed amendments through various DAAUs under the QCA Act.

We can approve or refuse to approve a DAAU. Each DAAU that was approved amended the 2016 access undertaking.

DAAU Status
Extension DAAUs
October 2018 Extension DAAU approved on 15 November 2018
EC tariff DAAU
Approved on 16 June 2017
Refused approval on 14 December 2017
Moura system DAAU (2015 flood claim)
Refused approval on 24 May 2017
Minerva pricing DAAU
Withdrawn on 30 January 2018
Electric traction (AT5) DAAUs
2018 DAAU refused approval on 21 March 2019

We monitored Aurizon Network’s ongoing compliance with its 2016 access undertaking.

Aurizon Network was obliged to undertake a number of activities in accordance with its undertaking, some of which require our approval (e.g. annual approval of capital expenditure, revenue cap adjustments and reference tariff variations).

We also assessed ad hoc requests from Aurizon Network for approval of matters required by the undertaking.

Compliance activities
Revenue adjustment amounts
Capacity assessments
Reference tariff adjustments
Adjustment charges
System rules
Condition-based assessment
Capital expenditure
March 2018 compliance notice: maintenance
Regulatory asset base roll-forward