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The ACCC’s digital platform inquiry with Rod Sims AO - 6 August

The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (NSW) in association with The Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce (WA) are delighted to extend an invitation to you to attend a complimentary webinar on the ACCC’s digital platform inquiry.

In 2019, the ACCC published its final report from their Digital Platforms Inquiry (DPI) which examined the impact of digital platforms on media, advertisers and consumers. The 18 month inquiry had a particular focus on news and journalism but also investigated a range of digital issues including data collection and consumer privacy concerns, the lack of transparency and competition issues in the digital platform markets place. The government adopted most of the DPI’s key recommendations, including the establishment of a permanent Digital Platforms Branch at the ACCC to ensure continuous and consistent scrutiny of this complex sector. Already the ACCC is advancing  a number of consumer and competition law investigations into digital platforms, and has a case before the courts, alleging Google has misled consumers on about the collection and use of location use of data. On 20 April the government directed the ACCC to develop a mandatory code of conduct to address bargaining power imbalances between Australian news media businesses and Google and Facebook digital platforms. The government’s decision to move ahead with a mandatory code reflected the commercial pressures on Australian media businesses, which have been exacerbated by a sharp decline in advertising revenue driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Rod Sims AO, Chair, ACCC
Rod Sims was appointed Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in August 2011 for an initial five-year term, reappointed for a further three years in August 2016, and reappointed again for a further three years until July 2022, making him the longest serving Chair of the ACCC.

Rod has extensive business and public sector experience. Immediately prior to his appointment to the ACCC, he was the Chairman of the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of New South Wales (IPART), Commissioner on the National Competition Council, Chairman of InfraCo Asia, Director of Ingeus Limited, and a member of the Research and Policy Council of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. Rod was also a Director of Port Jackson Partners Limited, where he advised the CEOs and boards of some of Australia’s top 50 companies on commercial corporate strategy over many years. Rod relinquished all of these roles on becoming Chair of the ACCC.

Rod is also a past Chairman of the NSW Rail Infrastructure Corporation and the State Rail Authority and has been a director of a number of private sector companies. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Rod worked as the Deputy Secretary in the Commonwealth Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet responsible for economic, infrastructure and social policy and the Cabinet Office. He also worked as Deputy Secretary in the Department of Transport and Communications. Between 1988 and 1990 Rod was the Economic Advisor to Australia’s Prime Minister.

Rod holds a first-class honours degree in commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Economics from the Australian National University.



8/6/2020 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time