Inquiry into the South Australian bulk grain export supply chain costs

07 Apr 2017

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 six 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 nine months from the commencement of the Inquiry.

The Commission will be contacting stakeholders during March and April to commence consultation on the Inquiry. The Commission also invites all interested parties to make a submission, which should be received prior to 12 May 2017. Public consultation on the Commission's draft report will also occur in the second half of 2017.

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