The new Australian Anti-Dumping Commission is to start operating on 1 July 2013 and will be principally located in Melbourne.
Minister for Home Affairs, Jason Clare said the establishment of the Commission was the primary recommendation of the Brumby review into Australia’s anti-dumping and countervailing system.
“Less than four months after Mr Brumby’s report was released, this legislation establishing the Commission has passed the Parliament,” Mr Clare said.
Start date for anti-dumping
He said advertisements would be placed to recruit a Commissioner who would be an individual with a proven record of achievement as a leader in industry or public administration, with experience in setting a strategic vision and implementing reform.
He said the Commissioner would be responsible for decision-making and other anti-dumping related functions that currently rested with the Chief Executive of Customs and Border Protection.
Mr Clare said the Customs Amendment (Anti-Dumping Commission) Act 2013had amended the Customs Act 1901to create the Commissioner’s role and offer legislative guidance to the Commission’s work.
He said over the past 18 months, five tranches of legislation had passed through the Parliament to improve the anti-dumping system, representing the biggest reforms to the anti-dumping system in more than a decade.
“More reform is required and I intend to introduce legislation in the next sitting period to implement further reforms,” Mr Clare said.
He said applications for the Commissioner’s role would close 31 March.