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  • QR Network’s Access Undertaking

    (2008) June 2010

    (as last amended June 2012)

    This Access Undertaking applies to Queensland Rail Limited but only to extent that it is made to do so under section 9(1)(j) of the Infrastructure Investment (Asset Restructuring and Disposal) Act 2009 (Qld). The relevant transfer notice was published in the Queensland Government Gazette on 29 June 2010.

    This Access Undertaking ceased to apply to QR Network Pty Ltd on 1 October 2010.

    Deleted: Transferred and applying to Queensland Rail through Queensland Government Transfer Notice Act No 21 of 2009 as amended October 2011. ¶

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    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    VOLUME 1 – QR NETWORK ACCESS UNDERTAKING

    PART 1. PREAMBLE.......................................................................................5

    PART 2. SCOPE AND ADMINISTRATION OF UNDERTAKING ...................6 2.1 SCOPE ................................................................................................6

    2.2 REVIEW OF RAIL INFRASTRUCTURE.............................................8 2.3 DURATION OF UNDERTAKING ..................................................... 10 2.4 CONTRACTUAL ARRANGEMENTS............................................... 11

    2.5 TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS........................................................ 11 2.5.1 Access Applications submitted prior to 30 June 2006 .............. 11 2.5.2 Restructure of QR ..................................................................... 13

    PART 3. RINGFENCING ARRANGEMENTS............................................... 15 3.1 ORGANISATIONAL STRUCTURE.................................................. 15

    3.2 ACCOUNTING SEPARATION......................................................... 17 3.2.1 Preparation of Financial Statements........................................ 17 3.2.2 Audit of Financial Statements .................................................. 17

    3.3 MANAGEMENT OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION ................... 18 3.3.1 External Flows of Confidential Information .............................. 20 3.3.2 Internal Flows of Confidential Information ............................... 22

    3.4 DECISION MAKING......................................................................... 26

    3.5 COMPLIANCE AND ENFORCEMENT............................................ 26 3.5.1 Complaint Handling.................................................................. 26 3.5.2 Audits ....................................................................................... 27

    PART 4. NEGOTIATION FRAMEWORK...................................................... 29 4.1 ACCESS APPLICATION.................................................................. 29

    4.2 ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF ACCESS APPLICATION ...................... 29 4.3 INDICATIVE ACCESS PROPOSAL ................................................ 31 4.4 NOTIFICATION OF INTENT............................................................ 33

    4.5 NEGOTIATION PROCESS.............................................................. 33 4.5.1 Negotiation Period..................................................................... 33 4.5.2 Issues to be addressed during Negotiation .............................. 35

    4.6 NEGOTIATION CONDITIONS......................................................... 37

    4.7 DISPUTE RESOLUTION ................................................................. 39 4.7.1 Disputes .................................................................................... 39 4.7.2 Chief Executive Resolution ....................................................... 39 4.7.3 Expert Determination ................................................................ 40 4.7.4 Determination by the Queensland Competition Authority......... 41

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    PART 5: ACCESS AGREEMENTS .............................................................. 43 5.1 DEVELOPMENT OF ACCESS AGREEMENTS.............................. 43 5.2 DEVELOPMENT OF NEW STANDARD ACCESS AGREEMENT.. 44

    5.3 ACCESS AGREEMENTS FOR NEW OR RENEWED QR TRAIN SERVICES .................................................................................................. 47

    5.4 DISCLOSURE OF ACCESS AGREEMENTS.................................. 47

    PART 6. PRICING PRINCIPLES .................................................................. 49 6.1 PRICE DIFFERENTIATION ............................................................. 49

    6.1.1 Limits on Price Differentiation....................................................... 49 6.1.2 Establishment of Access Charges for QR Train Services............ 50

    6.2 PRICING LIMITS.............................................................................. 51 6.2.1 Definition of Pricing Limits....................................................... 51 6.2.2 Price Limits for Individual Train Services.................................. 51 6.2.3 Price Limits on Train Service Combinations ........................... 51 6.2.4 Definition of Revenue Limit ..................................................... 52

    6.3 PRICING OBJECTIVES................................................................... 54 6.3.1 Rail Infrastructure Utilisation ................................................... 54 6.3.2 Revenue Adequacy................................................................. 55

    6.4 REFERENCE TARIFFS ................................................................... 55 6.4.1 Application of Reference Tariffs.............................................. 55 6.4.2 Establishment of Reference Tariffs for new Reference Train Services 55 6.4.3 Review of Reference Tariffs..................................................... 59

    6.5 STRUCTURE OF ACCESS CHARGES AND CONDITIONS TO ACCESS...................................................................................................... 60

    6.5.1 Structure of Access Charges .................................................. 60 6.5.2 Access Conditions................................................................... 60 6.5.3 Access Conditions Register ...................................................... 63

    PART 7. CAPACITY MANAGEMENT .......................................................... 64 7.1 NETWORK MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES ..................................... 64

    7.2 SERVICE SPECIFICATION AND TRAIN SCHEDULING ............... 64 7.3 CAPACITY ANALYSIS..................................................................... 65 7.4 CAPACITY ALLOCATION ............................................................... 65

    7.4.1 Allocation of Capacity ............................................................... 65 7.4.2 Capacity Resumption................................................................ 69 7.4.3 Capacity Relinquishment.............................................................. 71 7.4.4 Capacity Transfer ........................................................................ 73

    7.5 CAPACITY REGISTERS.................................................................. 77 7.5.1 Committed Capacity Register....................................................... 77 7.5.2 Capacity Resumption Register ................................................. 78

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    PART 8. INTERFACE CONSIDERATIONS.................................................. 80 8.1 INTERFACE RISK MANAGEMENT PROCESS.............................. 80

    8.1.1 Overview ................................................................................... 80 8.1.2 The Interface Risk Assessment ................................................ 80 8.1.3 The Interface Risk Management Plan (‘IRMP’) ........................ 81 8.1.4 Operating Plan .......................................................................... 83 8.1.5 Provision of Assistance by QR Network ................................... 84 8.1.6 Rollingstock Authorisation......................................................... 84 8.1.7 Audit, Inspection and Review.................................................... 85

    8.2 ENVIRONMENTAL RISK MANAGEMENT PROCESS ................... 87 8.2.1 Environmental Investigation and Risk Management Report .... 87 8.2.2 Environmental Management System........................................ 89 8.2.3 Audit and Review of EIRMR ..................................................... 90

    8.3 ADJOINING INFRASTRUCTURE.................................................... 91

    PART 9. REPORTING................................................................................... 93 9.1 QUARTERLY PERFORMANCE REPORTS.................................... 93

    9.2 ANNUAL REPORTS ........................................................................ 95 9.2.1 Annual Financial Report............................................................ 95 9.2.2 Annual Performance Report ..................................................... 96 9.2.3 Maintenance Cost Report ......................................................... 98 9.2.4 Regulatory Asset Base Report.................................................. 98

    9.3 REPORTING TO THE QCA............................................................. 99 9.4 COMPLIANCE OFFICER............................................................... 100

    9.5 AUDIT OF PERFORMANCE REPORT ......................................... 100

    PART 10. DEFINITIONS & INTERPRETATIONS ...................................... 102 10.1 DEFINITIONS..................