Appointments – associate members to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

Australian Treasury

The Albanese Government has appointed Mr Adam Suckling and Dr John Small as part‑time associate members of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Mr Suckling is a member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) and has been appointed as an ACCC associate member until 24 July 2028.

Dr Small is the Chair of the New Zealand Commerce Commission (NZCC) and has been appointed as an ACCC associate member until 7 June 2025.

Cross appointments between the ACMA and the ACCC commenced in 2007 and ensure a consistent approach is taken when competition and communications matters intersect.

Cross appointments between the NZCC and the ACCC commenced in 2010 to promote alignment of competition law administration in both jurisdictions.

Mr Suckling has over 25 years’ experience in senior leadership positions in commercial, policy, regulatory, finance, investment and corporate affairs. His policy experience includes media and telecommunications policy, spectrum allocation, telecommunications network pricing, copyright and intellectual property policy, and Australian content and cultural policy.

Since Dr Small was appointed as Chair of the NZCC, he has made a valuable contribution to the NZCC’s work. Dr Small has extensive experience undertaking complex competition analysis in a wide range of sectors, including energy, agriculture, telecommunications, payment systems, and construction.

These appointments will continue the high level of skills and experience available to the ACCC, to ensure that the key sectors of our economy are effectively regulated.

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