Review of the Western Australian Rail Access Regime

The State Government has been reviewing the operation of the Western Australian Rail Access Regime to ensure the efficient use of, and investment in, railway facilities by facilitating a contestable market for rail operations.

Progress to date

In July 2017, an Issues Paper (PDF) was released to assist discussion regarding potential improvements to the Western Australian Rail Access Regime, and to facilitate stakeholders wishing to participate in the review process.

In December 2018, a Draft Decision Paper (PDF) was released.This contained a number of recommendations that sought to strengthen the operation of the Regime in line with its objectives. Further stakeholder consultation was undertaken as part of this process.

In February 2020, a Final Decision Paper (PDF) was released, incorporating stakeholder feedback on the Draft Decision Paper and outlining recommendations for improvements to the Regime. The Government has approved the recommendations of the Final Decision Paper. 

In June 2022, draft amendments to the Railways (Access) Code 2000 were completed, which implements the recommendations of the Final Decision Paper. This is now open for submissions.

Current status

Submissions on the amendments to the Railways (Access) Code 2000 are due by 23 July 2022 and can be made to the Treasurer, C/o
Alistair Jones
Assistant Under Treasurer Economic
Department of Treasury
Locked Bag 11
Cloisters Square, WA 6850

Or via email regulatory.reform@treasury.wa.gov.au 

Next steps

Once feedback is received on the draft amendments to the Railways (Access) Code 2000, Treasury will refine the amendments and then seek the Government’s approval to enact the new Code.

Papers

Railways Access Amendment Code 2022 Consultation Draft

Submissions – Issues papers

The Department received public submissions in response to the Issues Paper from the following stakeholders:

Rail Access Review Issues Paper Arc Infrastructure
Rail Access Review Issues Paper Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
Rail Access Review Issues Paper Australian Rail Track Corporation
Rail Access Review Issues Paper Co-operative Bulk Handling Ltd (CBH)
Rail Access Review Issues Paper The Pilbara Infrastructure Co
Rail Access Review Issues Paper WA Local Government Association
Rail Access Review Issues Paper Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance

Submissions – Draft decision papers

The Department received public submissions in response to the Draft Decision Paper from the following stakeholders: 

Rail Access Review Decisions Paper Arc Infrastructure
Rail Access Review Decisions Paper Australian Rail Track Corporation
Rail Access Review Decisions Paper Co-operative Bulk Handling Ltd (CBH)
Rail Access Review Decisions Paper Co-operative Bulk-Handling Frontier Economics (CBH)
Rail Access Review Decisions Paper Grain Growers from the Eastern Wheatbelt
Rail Access Review Decisions Paper The Pilbara Infrastructure Co (FMG)
Rail Access Review Decisions Paper WA Local Government Association
Rail Access Review Decisions Paper Wheatbelt Railway Retention Alliance
Page reviewed 22 June 2022