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Department of State Growth

2017 Review of Tasmania’s Rail Access Framework

Tasmania’s rail network plays a key role in the State’s land freight network, connecting industry to Tasmania’s key freight hubs and northern ports. The Tasmanian Rail Access Framework provides the mechanism by which the Tasmanian Government implements the principles of National Access Regime and Competition Principles Agreement. These principles ensure that third party operators are able to negotiate for access to monopoly infrastructure.

The Department of State Growth has commenced a review of access arrangements for the Tasmanian Rail Network, following the expiration of the previous access framework in October 2017.

The intent is to develop a new Rail Access Framework that is fit-for-purpose for the Tasmanian context and which minimises the costs to both the rail owner and third party access seekers.

The Department of State Growth has developed a Discussion Paper titled 2017 Review of Tasmania’s Rail Access Framework, which establishes a number of draft recommendations on which the views of stakeholders are sought. Following this consultation process, recommendations will be provided to the Tasmanian Government for consideration.

If you would like to comment on the draft recommendations, please provide your submission in writing by 31 January 2018 to:

Arun Kendall
Senior Policy Analyst
Department of State Growth
GPO Box 536
or by email to