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Rod Sims

Chair, ACCC

Relevant qualifications

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

Master of Economics

Relevant work history

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

  • re-appointed for three year term in 2016 following expiry of initial five year term in July 2016
  • re-appointed for a further three year term (until 2022) on 25 October 2018 (press release)


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


Speeches (select)

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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‘)



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.


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