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Annual Report 2018-2019 Essential Services Commission of South Australia



Annual Report 2018-2019 Essential Services Commission of South Australia

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ESCOSA Annual Report 20172018 27 TarcoolaDarwin Railway This section meets the requirements of Clause 7 of the AustralAsia Railway (Third Party Access) Code contained in the schedule of the AustralAsia Railway (Third Party Access) Act 1999, in relation to the provision of a report to the Minister on the work carried out by the Commission under the Act. The access regime, as set out in the AustralAsia Railway (Third Party Access) Code, is intended to ensure that access to railway infrastructure services provided by a monopoly operator is available on reasonable commercial terms. The Commissions administration of the regime has two major components. First, providing information and transparency through compliance monitoring and maintaining information on its website, and second, by considering any reported access disputes or related inquiries that may arise. The Commission did not receive any notifications of non-compliance, access notifications or access disputes during 2018-19. Commissions activities The Commission undertook the following activities during 2018-19: continued its review of rail guidelines for the TarcoolaDarwin railway. The intent of the review is to identify opportunities to improve the Guidelines so that they may better assist commercial negotiation of railway access, are up-to-date and relevant for existing and prospective railway users, and do not impose undue regulatory costs. Monitoring regulatory compliance to ensure that Genesee and Wyoming Australia Pty Ltd: - has a sound and effective compliance program - reports non-compliances of the type required to be reported during the relevant reporting period, and - addresses the impact of such noncompliance on customers and other entities. Financial information The South Australian and Northern Territory Governments fund the Commissions Tarcoola-Darwin rail regulatory activities. Table 10: Tarcoola-Darwin rail regulatory revenues and expenses summarises revenues and expenses for 2018-19, together with comparative figures for the previous year. Table 10 shows a surplus for 2018-19. Both revenue and expense amounts vary due to timing of regulatory reviews. Over time, funding is shared equally between the South Australian and Northern Territory Governments. However, the funding contributions made by each Government may differ in any one year. The Commission records each Governments contribution in a separate account. The Commissions expenses are apportioned equally to each of these accounts. The Commission will continue to undertake its regulatory activities as efficiently and effectively as possible, and will not accumulate surpluses to unnecessary levels. Table 10: Tarcoola-Darwin rail regulatory revenues and expenses 2018-19 $000 2017-18 $000 Opening surplus 83 113 Revenue SA Government contribution 45 105 NT Government contribution 26 110 Total revenue 71 215 Expenses Salaries and on-costs 61 183 Administration 23 62 Total expenses 84 245 Annual surplus/(deficit) -13 -30 Closing surplus 70 83 .