On 9 April 2015, Queensland Rail (QR) requested an extension to the termination date of the QR Network Access Undertaking (2008) June 2010 (2008 Access Undertaking) from the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA).

QR has requested that the 2008 Access Undertaking be extended until the earlier of:

  • 30 June 2016, or
  • the date on which the QCA approves a replacement access undertaking.

The QCA has already approved a number of extensions to the termination date of the 2008 Access Undertaking pending the approval of a replacement undertaking.

On 12 December 2014, QR withdrew its Draft Access Undertaking 1 (AU1) which was proposed to replace the 2008 Access Undertaking. QR are expected to submit a revised draft access undertaking this month.

QCA has commenced its investigation into QR’s most recent extension request and invites stakeholders of the 2008 Access Undertaking to make submissions by 5pm 4 May 2015.

To upload a submission, please click here.

For further information, please contact Jay Leary, Partner, Brisbane, or your usual Herbert Smith Freehills contact.