The QCA's regulatory fee

Past review
Final report

The Queensland Competition Authority Regulation 2007 provides for the QCA to charge fees for the provision of regulatory services.

In the past, our fee charged to DBCT Management reflected a partial recovery of the costs in regulating DBCT.

In September 2010, we decided to recover the full cost of providing regulatory services to most regulated entities including DBCT Management.

The QCA reviewed the DAAU and accepted that it provided for DBCT Management to fully pass through the QCA’s regulatory fee to terminal access holders through an amendment to its ARR. Given this, and the lack of stakeholder submissions, on 21 July 2011 we made a final decision to approve DBCT Management’s DAAU.

On 11 August 2011, DBCT Management formally requested that we approve an amendment to the 2010–11 and 2011–12 annual revenue requirements (ARRs) for DBCT to take account of the increase in the QCA’s regulatory fee, effective from 1 July 2010.

We concluded that DBCT Management appropriately adjusted the ARRs and tariffs to reflect the change in the QCA fees.

On this basis, we accepted the proposed ARR adjustment, namely:

  • for 2010–11, through a one-off payment of $1,000,416 from users
  • for 2011–12, through a combination of;
    • a one-off payment of $179,022 from users, for the period 1 July to 31 August 2011
    • an increase in the regulated revenues (from $246,117,230 to $247,191,363) and tariff (from $2.9016/tonne to $2.9143/tonne), to take effect from 1 September 2011.

On 10 June 2011, DBCT Management submitted a draft amending access undertaking (DAAU) to amend the 2010 undertaking to enable the full pass-through of the QCA’s regulatory fee to access holders.

On 10 June 2011, we published the DAAU and requested stakeholders to lodge submissions by 8 July 2011. Stakeholders were also advised that we may proceed directly to a final decision if no submissions were received. We did not receive any submissions from stakeholders.