Inquiry into the South Australian bulk grain export supply chain costs
- Project Released: 7 Apr 2017
- Project Closes: Sep 2018
- Contact: Sean McComish
On 16 March 2017, the Treasurer provided the Commission with Terms of Reference for an inquiry into the South Australian bulk grain supply chain costs (Inquiry). This request was made pursuant to Part 7 of the Essential Services Commission Act 2002.
The purpose of the Inquiry is to determine the reasonableness of the costs underpinning the South Australian bulk grain supply chain. Specifically, the Terms of Reference require the Commission to undertake the Inquiry in two parts:
- In part 1, the Commission is to inquire into the South Australian bulk grain export supply chain costs over the past 10 years, and
- In part 2, should the Commission find areas where bulk grain supply chain costs are identified as inefficient, options should be provided for addressing those inefficiencies.
The Commission must submit a draft report on part 1 of the Inquiry to the Treasurer no later than 6 months from the commencement of the Inquiry, and provide a final report on part 1 and, if required, part 2 of the Inquiry no later than 9 months from the commencement of the Inquiry.
Current status is Submissions
- Further info
The Treasurer had previously provided the Commission a variation to the Terms of Reference for the inquiry. The dates for both the draft and final reports had been revised.
The Treasurer has now advised the Commission of a further variation to the terms of reference for the Inquiry. The draft report (Part1) must be provided to the Treasurer no later than 30 June 2018, with the date for the final report (Part 2) to be provided to the Treasurer no later than 30 September 2018. The variation is to allow the Commission the opportunity to consider further evidence and information relevant to the Inquiry. In particular:
- the evidence and findings of the Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre (AEGIC) report into supply chain costs across Australia (expected to be released in February 2018), and
- the evidence and findings of the South Australian Parliament’s Economic and Finance Committee Inquiry into Primary Producers final report (released 28 November 2017).