ACCC Chair Rod Sims has welcomed today’s Government announcement that Liza Carver has been appointment as an ACCC Commissioner for a five‑year term, starting on 1 March 2022.
Ms Carver brings significant legal and consumer experience to the ACCC and the appointment sees her return to a regulatory role, having been an Associate Commissioner with the Trade Practices Commission and the ACCC between 1993 and 1999, as well as a Commissioner with the Australian Energy Markets Commission between 2005 and 2008. She was also a member of IPART from 1997 to 2000.
She was most recently the Regional Head of Competition, Australia at Herbert Smith Freehills, and has wide-ranging experience in mergers, competition and consumer enforcement, cartels and infrastructure.
In her role as Senior Solicitor for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre between 1989 and 1996, Ms Carver worked very successfully on a wide range of consumer law matters, including important consumer test cases.
“I am delighted with the appointment of Liza Carver, who brings extensive legal and regulatory experience to the ACCC and has expertise in such a wide range of fields relevant to the agency’s work,” Mr Sims said.
“Liza has been consistently ranked as one of Australia’s leading competition lawyers. We are pleased she has re-joined the ACCC and her experience and expertise in matters involving the Competition and Consumer Act will be of great benefit to the agency.”
Ms Carver graduated from the University of Sydney with degrees in Economics, Law and a Master of Laws.
“We look forward to welcoming Liza back to the ACCC when she formally joins us early in the new year,” Mr Sims said.
She fills a position left vacant after the appointment of former ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court as Deputy Chair of ASIC.