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Rod Sims

Chairman, ACCC


Relevant qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Hons (first class)) (University of Melbourne)
  • Master of Economics (ANU)


Relevant work history


Competition law speeches, research and publications


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Other reserach and publications



The Gillard Government nominated Rod Sims to be the next Chairman of the ACCC in May 2011. On 17 June 2011 the nomination was confirmned after received unanimous support by the states and territories.  His five year term started on 1 August 2011. 

Prior to his appointment as Chairman of the ACCC Sims had worked for the Australian Government, including as the Deputy Secretary in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Deputy Secretary responsible for Transport in the Department of Transport and Communications.  From 1988 to 1990, he was the economic adviser to the then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.  Until 2011 he was also:

See also my discussion of Sims' appointment on the competition blog.