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Rod Sims 2018Rod Sims

Chairman, ACCC

 

Relevant qualifications

Image representing graduationBachelor of Commerce (Hons (first class)) (University of Melbourne)

Master of Economics (ANU)

 

Relevant work history

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1 August 2011 - current: Chairman, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Previous

1988-1990 - Chief economic adviser to the then Prime Minister, Bob Hawke

-2011 - Chair of the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal

2010-2011 - Chairman of InfraCo Asia Development (IAD) (prior to that, Non-Executive Director since March 2009)

1994-2011 - Director of Port Jackson Partners Limited

Has also been

 

Competition law speeches, research and publications

Articles

Speeches (select)

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2017

2016

2015

2014

2012

2011

Other research and publications

Business Council of Australia report (research), Strategic Framework for Emissions Reduction, 3 April 2007 (challenged the Rudd Government’s emissions trading scheme (in the then proposed form) – see ‘The Strategist‘ (The Australian,  17 October 2008))

Sims, ‘Seizing the Opportunity to Reform and Restore Australia’s Economic Infrastructure‘ (report contained in the BCA’s report ‘Groundwork for Growth: Building the Infrastructure that Australia Needs‘)

 

Background

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.