SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA — The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced on Feb. 24 the government’s appointment of Mick Keogh as commissioner.

“Competition and consumer issues in the agriculture sector are a priority area for the ACCC,” said Rod Sims, ACCC chairman. “Mick Keogh has a long history of involvement with the agriculture sector and his experience will be invaluable to the ACCC when making decisions on agriculture matters.”

The ACCC has established an Agriculture Enforcement and Engagement Unit that contains additional staff to conduct investigations and engagement in rural and regional areas with funding provided through the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper.

“Keogh will play a key role in the work of the ACCC’s Agriculture Enforcement and Engagement Unit, which has been working to identify competition and fair trading issues in agriculture markets and engaging with a range of key industry groups,” Sims said. “I and my fellow Commissioners look forward to working closely with Mick on these and other issues.”