Industry Panel Review of the Price Direction: Regulated Water and Sewerage Services 2013-2019

Panel Update – Release of the Industry Panel's Final Report and Substituted Price Direction

On 29 April 2015, the Industry Panel transmitted its Final Report and Substituted Price Direction to the ACT Treasurer, as the referring authority. This concluded the Panel's review of the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission's 2013 Price Direction for Regulated Water and Sewerage Services in the ACT. On 5 May 2015, the Treasurer presented the Final Report and Substituted Price Direction to the Legislative Assembly. The Final Report and Substituted Price Direction and other related documents are now available online – refer to Industry Panel's Final Report and Substituted Price Direction.

Hard copies are available at the Industry Panel Secretariat Offices at Canberra Nara Centre, 1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City ACT 2601 – please contact the Secretariat on (02) 6207 6128 to inspect or to obtain a copy of the report and price direction (subject to availability).

Release of the Industry Panel's Declaration and Report – Icon Water's Application to alter the current Price Direction – 18 February 2015

On 18 February 2015, the Industry Panel released its Declaration and Report in relation to an application made by Icon Water under section 24S of the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission Act 1997. The Industry Panel's Declaration and Report, and related documents are available online – refer to Icon Water's Application to alter the current Price Direction.

Panel Update – Public Hearing – 6 February 2015

Following the Industry Panel Public Hearing, the Industry Panel released a communiqué and other various documents, which can be found through Public Hearing – 6 February 2015.

Release of the Industry Panel's Draft Report

The Industry Panel Review of the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission's 2013 Price Direction for Regulated Water and Sewerage Services in the ACT: Draft Report – December 2014 was released on 3 December 2014.  The Draft Report and related documents are available online – refer Industry Panel's Draft Report

Hard copies of the Industry Panel Draft Report are available from the Industry Panel Secretariat at Canberra Nara Centre, 1 Constitution Avenue, Canberra City ACT 2601 - phone (02) 6207 6128.

The Industry Panel invites submissions on the Draft Report until 5pm on 23 January 2015. These can be submitted via email: industrypanel@act.gov.au or addressed to the Industry Panel Secretariat GPO Box 158, Canberra ACT 2601.
The Industry Panel plans to hold a public hearing in early February 2015. Any further updates to timing and venues will be advised on the Panel's Website. 

Hearing of Review Issues – Communiqué 1 September 2014

Following the Industry Panel Hearing of Review Issues, the Industry Panel released an Industry Panel Communiqué 1 September 2014, the Hearing of Review Issues Transcript and the Hearing of Review Issues Attendance List, which can be found through Hearing of Review Issues – Communiqué 1 September 2014.

Hearing of Review Issues – 1 September 2014

The Industry Panel held a Hearing of Review Issues on 1 September 2014. The focus of the Hearing of Review Issues was on the more substantive issues of the pricing direction, including matters raised in ACTEW's Statement of Facts and Contentions and other public submissions.

In August 2014, the Industry Panel received submissions in relation to the Hearing of Review Issues, which can be found through Review Issues - Submissions.

ACTEW's Statement of Facts and Contentions – 31 July 2014

On 31 July 2014, the Industry Panel received ACTEW's Statement of Facts and Contentions, which can be found through ACTEW's Statement of Facts and Contentions.

Directions Hearing – Communiqué 25 July 2014

Following the Industry Panel Directions Hearing, the Industry Panel released an Industry Panel Communiqué 25 July 2014, Directions Hearing Slides, the Directions Hearing Transcript and the Directions Hearing Attendance List, which can be found through Direction Hearing – Communiqué 25 July 2014

Directions Hearing – 25 July 2014

The Industry Panel held a directions hearing on 25 July 2014, which commenced at 10.30 am at the Canberra Museum and Gallery Theatrette, 176 London Circuit, Canberra City. The focus of the hearing was on procedural issues and the Industry Panel's proposed approach to the review. In order to be heard at the hearing, the Industry Panel requested written submissions in regards to its proposed approach by 18 July 2014. A copy of the submissions received by the Industry Panel can be found here.

Approach Paper - 30 June 2014

On 30 June 2014, the Industry Panel released an Approach Paper, which provides an overview of the Industry Panel's intended approach to the review of the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission's Price Direction for Regulated Water and Sewerage Services, 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2019. A copy of the Approach Paper and related documents is available through the Approach Paper – 30 June 2014.

Industry Panel Charter

The Industry Panel as part of the review process developed an Industry Panel Charter which is available through Industry Panel Charter.

Industry Panel Review Background

As provided for under the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission Act 1997 (the Act), the application for review of the price direction will be heard by an independent Industry Panel. In April 2014, the Treasurer, Andrew Barr MLA, appointed the Industry Panel that will consider ACTEW's application. The Industry Panel is comprised of the President Ms Mary Anne Hartley QC and Members Ms Claire Thomas PSM and Ms Sally Farrier (view biographies).

More information is available through the Industry Panel Review Background

ACTEW's Application for Review 

On 26 September 2013, ACTEW Corporation Limited applied for a review of the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission's price direction for regulated water and sewerage services, 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2019.

A copy of the Application for Review by ACTEW is available through Application of Review by ACTEW.

Contact Details

Secretariat and general enquiries:

Mr Matthew Smith
Phone: + 61 2 6207 6128
Email: industrypanel@act.gov.au