Gayle Andrews

Director

Gayle advises on a wide range of commercial and economic regulatory matters, specialising in rail and ports infrastructure. She has worked with many of Australia’s leading infrastructure participants and economic regulators around Australia. Gayle has considerable expertise in competition assessments, economic regulation and infrastructure pricing reviews for nationally significant transport infrastructure. Gayle has extensive experience in leading complex projects from inception to implementation.
Gayle efficiently manages both big and small matters to provide cost-effective results for her clients, combining her technical expertise with sound, trusted advice.
Prior to joining Synergies in 2010, Gayle worked extensively in the rail sector, focusing on the commercial and regulatory management of rail networks. She is highly regarded and is a leading expert in rail access, having guided the development of rail access regimes in Queensland for more than a decade.

Contact details

Phone: +61 7 3227 9557

Email: g.andrews@synergies.com.au

Gayle Andrews's Recent Projects

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Review of the Western Australian Rail Access Regime

Western Australian Treasury has published a Final Decision Paper outlining the recommendations approved by Government. Synergies quantification of costs and benefits is included in Appendix 4.

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WA rail access framework review

The WA Government is reviewing the WA rail access regime as established by the Railways (Access) Act 1998 and the Railways (Access) Code 2000. The regime has been in operations for over 15 years. The review aims to improve the existing regime to meet its objective, which is focused on encouraging the efficient use of, and investment in, railway facilities by facilitating a contestable market for rail operations. The current light-handed regime has several ...

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Arbitrating for more efficient shipping channel services at Newcastle Port

In 2018, the Australia’s competition regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) arbitrated a dispute between Glencore Coal Pty Ltd and Port of Newcastle (PNO) over the charges set by PNO for Glencore’s use of the channel assets at the Port of Newcastle.

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Pricing strategies at Australia seaports

Synergies is a leading advisor in the port sector, working collaboratively with many ports both big and small, city based and regional, bulk and non-bulk, private and government owned, across Australia to refine their pricing strategy to meet their broader objectives. This pricing intelligence is a vital input to ensure that a port is well positioned to meet the challenges of future demand as well as build on the opportunities to secure long term sustainable ...

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Promoting efficient pricing for shipping channel services at Newcastle Port

Synergies, acting on behalf of Glencore prepared a series of submissions in 2018 and 2019 setting out the economic rationale for continued declaration of Newcastle Port’s shipping channel. Glencore, is a major user of shipping channel services at Newcastle as a major coal producer and exporter in the Hunter Valley. As such Glencore depends on access to the shipping channel based on reasonable terms and conditions.

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Assessing intermodal competition in non-bulk freight transport

Euan Morton of Synergies was engaged as an independent economic expert by Clayton Utz (representing Pacific National (PN)), in court proceedings initiated by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) who alleged that PN’s proposed acquisition of Aurizon’s intermodal business would substantially lessen competition in the transportation of non-bulk freight.
Synergies examined the relevant market(s) for intercity non-bulk freight services and the effectiveness of road and rail competition and, in particular, the influence of ...

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Regulatory assistance in rail access

In 2018, Synergies was a key economic advisor to Australia’s leading rail infrastructure company (Aurizon Network) for the preparation of its regulatory submission responding to the Queensland Competition Authority’s ‘UT5’ draft decision. The QCA’s draft decision signalled that the regulator was unlikely to approve Aurizon Network’s proposed prices for access to the Central Queensland Coal Network (CQCN), on the basis that costs, and thus prices should be lower. Aurizon Network did not support the QCA’s ...

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Risk Comparison Between Aurizon Network and Energy and Water Networks

Synergies examined the risk profile of Aurizon Network in order to assess comparability with regulated energy and water networks. The report concluded that, while regulation can modify the impact of commercial and market risks on a business, it cannot fundamentally alter the nature of the market risks borne by a business.

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QCA’s Final Decision on Queensland Rail’s Draft Access Undertaking

On 10 June 2016, the QCA released its final decision on Queensland Rail’s (QR’s) draft access undertaking proposal (DAU), submitted in May 1015. This has been a lengthy process, having initially kicked off when QR submitted its initial DAU in March 2012 for an intended commencement date of June 2013. The QCA now requires that QR submit a new DAU that complies with this final decision by 16 August 2016. ...

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An economic pricing framework for land freight transport infrastructure

Synergies was engaged by Aurizon to prepare a response on behalf of the Freight on Rail Group (Aurizon, ARTC and Asciano) on the application of an economic pricing framework to land freight transport. The report examined alternative pricing approaches for road and rail freight services, having regard to a number of objectives and principles, and reviewed the economic issues associated with the current PAYGO approach that is used to price heavy vehicles. The report was ...

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Port of Newcastle: ACT upholds Glencore’s appeal on decision to not declare channel services

On 31 May 2016, the Australian Competition Tribunal (the Tribunal) released its Decision to uphold Glencore’s appeal against the Commonwealth Treasurer’s January 2016 decision to not declare the channel services at the Port of Newcastle under the National Access Regime (NAR). The Tribunal has determined that all the declaration criteria have been satisfied.

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Port of Darwin privatisation triggers new regulatory regime

On 15 October 2015, the Northern Territory (NT) Government announced the successful bidder for the Port of Darwin - Landbridge Group, based in the People’s Republic of China. The deal is $508 million for an 80% stake in the port, which places the full port value at approximately $630, eclipsing analysts’ estimates of a sale price of $300-$500 million. The remaining 20%, currently held by the NT Government, will be sold to an Australian-based investor ...

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QCA Draft Decision: Queensland Rail Draft Access Undertaking

On 8 October 2015, the QCA released its draft decision on Queensland Rail’s (QR’s) most recent draft access undertaking proposal (DAU). This is QR’s first access undertaking since its separation from Aurizon in 2010, and has had a protracted and contentious development process, with QR submitting its first DAU in March 2012 for an intended commencement date of June 2013. This draft decision relates to QR’s May 2015 DAU.

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Aurizon Network’s Commercial and Regulatory Risks

Synergies provided advice to QR National supporting that a new railway which would connect a mine in the Galilee Basin with the existing Central Queensland Coal Network would provide an integrated (above and below rail) haulage service to its customer/s. The question was raised as to what the implications would be for QRN if the project was instead undertaken under a functional service delivery model in which the various elements were delivered by the relevant ...

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Benefits of Grain Express

Synergies performed a detailed analysis of the grain supply chain in Western Australia for Cooperative Bulk Handlers (CBH). This analysis involved an assessment of the grain supply chain, mapping the current information and physical flows, identifying the relevant interfaces of the logistics chain and the impediments to the supply chain achieving greater efficiency. The advice culminated in the development of a solution to reform the supply chain in order to overcome these impediments.

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