Queensland Competition Authority Amendment Bill 2018


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An Act to amend the Queensland Competition Authority Act 1997 for particular purposes

The Parliament of Queensland enacts—

1Short title

This Act may be cited as the Queensland Competition Authority Amendment Act 2018.

2Act amended

This Act amends the Queensland Competition Authority Act 1997 .

3Amendment of s 25 (Notice of investigation)

(1)Section 25 (2)—
omit, insert—
(2)The notice must be published on the authority’s website.
(2)Section 25
insert—
(3A)The authority may also give the notice to anyone else it considers appropriate.
(3)Section 25 (3A) and (4)—
renumber as section 25 (4) and (5).

4Amendment of s 76 (Access criteria)

Section 76 (2) and (3)—
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(2)The access criteria are as follows—
(a)that access (or increased access) to the service, on reasonable terms and conditions, as a result of a declaration of the service would promote a material increase in competition in at least 1 market (whether or not in Australia), other than the market for the service;
(b)that the facility for the service could meet the total foreseeable demand in the market—
(i)over the period for which the service would be declared; and
(ii)at the least cost compared to any 2 or more facilities (which could include the facility for the service);
(c)that the facility for the service is significant, having regard to its size or its importance to the Queensland economy;
(d)that access (or increased access) to the service, on reasonable terms and conditions, as a result of a declaration of the service would promote the public interest.
(3)For subsection (2)(b), if the facility for the service is currently at capacity, and it is reasonably possible to expand that capacity, the authority and the Minister may have regard to the facility as if it had that expanded capacity.
(4)Without limiting subsection (2)(b), the cost referred to in subsection (2)(b)(ii) includes all costs associated with having multiple users of the facility for the service, including costs that would be incurred if the service were declared.
(5)In considering the access criterion mentioned in subsection (2)(d), the authority and the Minister must have regard to the following matters—
(a)if the facility for the service extends outside Queensland—
(i)whether access to the service provided outside Queensland by means of the facility is regulated by another jurisdiction; and
(ii)the desirability of consistency in regulating access to the service;
(b)the effect that declaring the service would have on investment in—
(i)facilities; and
(ii)markets that depend on access to the service;
(c)the administrative and compliance costs that would be incurred by the provider of the service if the service were declared;
(d)any other matter the authority or Minister considers relevant.

5Amendment of s 79A (Period for making recommendation)

Section 79A (4)—
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(4)If the authority fails to make the recommendation within the 6 month period mentioned in subsection (1), it must, as soon as practicable after the period ends—
(a)prepare a written notice stating—
(i)the reasons for the authority’s failure; and
(ii)details about the action the authority proposes to take to make the recommendation as soon as reasonably practicable; and
(b)publish the notice on its website; and
(c)give a copy of the notice to—
(i)the applicant for the request; and
(ii)if the request was not made by the Minister—the Minister.

6Amendment of s 100 (Obligations of parties to negotiations)

Section 100 (4)—
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(4)However, subsection (3) does not authorise an access provider to engage in conduct for the purpose of preventing or hindering a user’s access to the declared service.

Note—

See sections 104 and 125 in relation to conduct preventing or hindering a user’s access to the declared service.

7Amendment of s 117A (Period for making access determination)

Section 117A (4)—
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(4)If the authority fails to make an access determination within the 6 month period mentioned in subsection (1), it must, as soon as practicable after the period ends—
(a)prepare a written notice stating—
(i)the reasons for the authority’s failure; and
(ii)details about the action the authority proposes to take to make an access determination as soon as reasonably practicable; and
(b)give a copy of the notice to the parties and the Minister.

8Amendment of s 138A (Terms of particular approved access undertakings)

Section 138A (2)—
omit.

9Amendment of s 147A (Period for approving draft access undertaking)

Section 147A (5)—
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(5)If the authority fails to decide whether to approve, or refuse to approve, the draft access undertaking within the 6 month period mentioned in subsection (2), it must, as soon as practicable after the period ends—
(a)prepare a written notice stating—
(i)the reasons for the authority’s failure; and
(ii)details about the action the authority proposes to take to decide whether to approve, or refuse to approve, the draft access undertaking as soon as reasonably practicable; and
(b)publish the notice on its website; and
(c)give a copy of the notice to—
(i)the owner or operator of the service, or the responsible person; and
(ii)the Minister.

10Amendment of s 168C (Prohibition on particular treatment of users by access providers)

Section 168C (3)—
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(3)However, subsection (2) does not authorise an access provider to do anything under an access agreement or access determination to which the provider is a party if the provider is prevented from doing the thing under section 104 or 125.

11Amendment of s 171 (Application of part)

(1)Section 171 (c) and (d)—
omit.
(2)Section 171 (e) to (l)—
renumber as section 171 (c) to (j).

12Amendment of s 176 (Notice of hearings)

(1)Section 176 (2)—
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(2)The authority must publish the notice on its website.
(2)Section 176 (3)(b)—
omit.
(3)Section 176 (3)(c) and (d)—
renumber as section 176 (3)(b) and (c).

13Amendment of s 187B (Constitution of mediator)

Section 187B (2), ‘section 214D (2)’—
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section 214D(3)

14Amendment of s 242 (Annual reports)

Section 242 (c) and (d)—
omit.

15Amendment of s 244 (Tabling reports)

Section 244 (1), ‘or 55’—
omit.

16Amendment of s 245 (Regulation-making power)

Section 245 (3)—
omit.

17Insertion of new pt 17

After section 254
insert—

Part 17 Transitional provision for Queensland Competition Authority Amendment Act 2018

255Preparation and approval of particular draft, or draft amending, access undertakings

This Act, as in force immediately before the commencement, continues to apply to the preparation and approval of the following started, but not completed, before the commencement—
(a)a draft access undertaking under part 5, division 7, subdivision 1;
(b)a draft amending access undertaking under part 5, division 7, subdivision 2.

18Amendment of sch 2 (Dictionary)

Schedule 2 , definition applicant
omit, insert—
applicant, for a request made to the authority under section 77 or 170G, means the person who made the request.

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