New Rail Access Code ready for consultation

  • The McGowan Government is implementing the recommendations of a review of WA’s Rail Access Regime
  • Regulatory changes have been drafted to ensure the Regime works more effectively, while maintaining flexibility for the diverse railways in our State
  • The Treasurer now invites feedback on the draft amendments to the Railways (Access) Code 2000 
  • Following a review of Western Australia’s Rail Access Regime and extensive consultation with stakeholders, the McGowan Government is now implementing significant changes to Western Australia’s Rail Access Regime.

    The Western Australian Rail Access Regime (the Regime) provides a regulated pathway for parties to gain access to pre-determined privately-owned railways.

    Amendments to the Railways (Access) Code 2000 have now been drafted to make the Regime a more effective alternative when commercial negotiations stall, speed up access negotiations and ensure railway access arrangements are fair for all parties.

    A copy of the draft amendments will be available for feedback from June 23, 2022 at https://www.wa.gov.au/railaccessregime, or by emailing [email protected].

    Interested parties can provide feedback on the draft amendments during the 30-day consultation period, with submissions due by 5pm on July 23, 2022.

    Written submissions 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: [email protected]

    As stated by Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan:

    “These are important reforms that contribute to ensuring businesses can more easily use the rail network to efficiently move their products across our vast State.

    “The contribution of railway owners and access seekers has been instrumental in developing these reforms and ensuring the Rail Access Regime works well for all parties.

    “I now invite all interested parties to consider the drafted regulatory amendments and provide their feedback.”

    As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

    “This is a chance for rail users, owners and the like to have their say on the draft changes to legislation.

    “We are investing a record amount in rail and want to create a fairer access regime.

    “Ensuring fair and efficient access to railways in WA is essential to supporting the sustained economic growth of our regions and the critical industries of agriculture, mining and energy.

    “These necessary reforms will go a long way in ensuring Western Australians benefit from how rail is operated and accessed in our State.”

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