The ACCC engaged GHD Pty Ltd (GHD) to review key aspects of Transend's application. In particular, GHD reviewed Transend's proposed capital expenditure, operational and maintenance expenditure, service standards and starting asset base.
On 1 July 2003 the ACCC made GHD’s report available and called for interested parties to make submissions.
In its report to the ACCC, GHD recommended that Transend should be allowed an operating expenditure budget based on its alternative trend analysis. In its submission to the draft decision Transend asked that GHD clarify their recommendation.