The ACCC authorised Queensland coal miners to collectively bargain with Dudgeon Point Project Management (DPPM) and QR Network in order to support the miners' coal export programs.

The ACCC is of the view that all three arrangements will result in significant transaction cost savings and help to avoid potential delays in the construction of various coal terminals and new coal export earnings. Further the ACCC indicated it was satisfied that the voluntary nature of the arrangements, the limited composition of the collective bargaining group and the limited scope of the negotiations will mean that any potential detriment is minimal.

The ACCC authorised all three arrangements for 15 years to allow collective negotiations with DPPM and QR Network during the development of the coal terminals, and for the applicants to give effect to any agreements entered into for an initial ten year term.