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Aurizon operates and manages Australia’s largest export coal rail network, the Central Queensland Coal Network.

This 2,670 kilometre track network comprises of four major coal systems and one connecting system serving Queensland’s Bowen Basin coal region: Newlands, Goonyella, Blackwater and Moura with Goonyella Abbot Point Expansion the connecting system link. Aurizon Network’s operations are governed by 99 year lease arrangements with the State of Queensland. Every application for access to our rail network is managed under a detailed process approved by the competition regulator, the Queensland Competition Authority.

Rail operators who are accredited by Queensland Transport and have an access agreement with Aurizon Network may access our rail network. Access seekers who have an access agreement with Aurizon Network have access to Aurizon Network's rail network through the use of an accredited rail operator.

Rail operators and other access seekers interested in using the coal rail system network must negotiate most aspects of their proposed operations through Network.

Every application for access is handled under a process set down in the Access Undertaking, which defines the regime for open access to our rail infrastructure. The process is approved by competition regulator, the Queensland Competition Authority and includes requirements and timeframes.

Network Downloads

Documents include forms, guides, reports and plans in the operations of the network.

Contact us

For more information on gaining access to the network, please contact the Commercial Services team on 13 23 32.

Or contact us online

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Get things done

  • Request & submit access online
  • Request a network closure
  • Manage invoices & payments
  • Access commercial agreements
  • Review Performance statistics

Central Queensland Coal Network (CQCN)

Capricornia System Rules

The system rules are a subsidiary document to the Access Undertaking, specifically Schedule G. They aim to provide transparency to Access Holders on the planning and scheduling decision making process and provide a framework for Aurizon Network to show capacity available. The Capricornia System Rules are applicable to the Moura and Blackwater Systems.


  1. Application

    1. Step 1

      Download appropriate information

    2. Step 2

      Submit a Conceptual Operating Plan

    3. Step 3

      You receive a response from Aurizon Network

    Application for access to the rail network must be submitted in the format of an Access Application. Prior to submitting an Access Application, the Access Seeker may seek initial meetings with us to discuss the Access Application and to seek clarification of the process used.

    The Access Application must include information on the applicant, a general train service description, timetable requirements, Rollingstock details and any known infrastructure requirements.

    Once the information required has been received, we will provide a written acknowledgment of receipt of the access application.

  2. Review

    1. Step 4

      Your Conceptual Operation Plan is considered

    2. Step 5

      You receive an Indicative Access Proposal

    Aurizon will review the information received and assess the Access Application to develop an Indicative Access Proposal (IAP).

    The IAP outlines:

    • The Rollingstock and train configuration proposed
    • A summary of the relevant operating characteristics
    • An initial capacity assessment
    • Any other submitted Access Requests that if approved would effect the proposed train service
    • An initial estimate of the access charge applicable to the train service proposed
    • Details of additional information required in preparation for the negotiation stages

    The IAP contains indicative arrangements only and does not oblige Aurizon Network to provide access until an Access Agreement has been executed.

    The IAP remains valid for 90 days after the date the IAP is sent to the Access Seeker. The Access Seeker may accept or reject the IAP. When the IAP is accepted then the Access Application enters the Negotiation stage.

  3. Negotiation

    1. Step 6

      Advise if Indicative Access Proposal is acceptable

    2. Step 7

      Finalise all your obligations

    Negotiation begins with the acceptance of an IAP by the Access Seeker. At this stage the Access Seeker and Aurizon Network negotiate the details of the Access Request with the intention of executing an Access Agreement. The negotiation period is set a maximum period of 9 months.

    Negotiations will cease in the event of the following;

    • The execution of a Access Agreement in respect of the access sought by the Access Seeker
    • Aurizon Network receiving written notification by the Access Seeker that it no longer wishes to proceed with its Access Application
    • Aurizon Network issuing a Negotiation Cessation Notice to the Access Seeker
    • The expiration of the 9 months, although if both parties agree this 9 month period can be extended.
  4. Approval

    1. Step 8

      Aurizon Network prepares Access Agreement

    2. Step 9

      With Accreditation you sign the Access Agreement

    3. Step 10

      Start operating on the network

    Aurizon prepares an access agreement, and negotiates final terms and conditions with you. Once you have accreditation as a rail operator from Queensland Transport, sign the access agreement with Aurizon Network.

    Start operating on Aurizon rail network.


The Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) approved the QR Network 2010 Access Undertaking on 1 October 2010. The 2010 Access Undertaking regulates the terms on which Aurizon Network offers access to user on the Central Queensland Rail Network. For information on the 2010 Access Undertaking, please see

The 2010 Access Undertaking has been extended and is scheduled to expire on 29 February 2016, however the QCA is currently consulting in respect of a further extension of the 2010 Access Undertaking to 30 June 2016. 

The QCA is also currently considering Aurizon Network's 2014 Draft Access Undertaking (2014 DAU) which, if approved, will take the place of the 2010 Access Undertaking. The QCA has released a number of draft decisions on the 2014 DAU, which are available at

The Access Undertaking sets out Aurizon Network's obligations in regards to:

  • Ringfencing arrangements
  • The framework for negotiations access
  • The development of access agreements
  • Pricing principles
  • The utilisation of network capacity
  • Interface arrangements between QR Network and train operators; and
  • Reporting requirements

Planning & Development

The Network Development Plan is Aurizon Network’s medium to long term planning document which sets out a range of options to increase the capacity of the CQCN.

The System Operating Parameters describe how the CQCN is modelled and the input parameters used to determine the capacity of the Network.