Catriona Lowe nominated as ACCC deputy chair

Former Consumers’ Federation of Australia chairperson, and long-time consumer rights advocate Catriona Lowe has been nominated as Deputy Chairperson of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

This was written with information taken from a Government News post published on 14th July, 2022.

Ms Lowe is due to take up the role on 27 January 2023.

Ms Lowe is currently a board member of the Australian Energy Regulator and has held a range of consumer advocacy roles, including with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, the Consumer Action Law Centre, the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and the ACCC.

The government has proposed that Delia Rickard’s current term as Deputy Chairperson be extended until Ms Lowe’s appointment begins.

Ms Rickard has been in the role since 2012.

Treasurer Jim Chalmers said the government looked forward working with Ms Lowe and Ms Rickard on key consumer protection issues including fighting against online scams.

The appointment will be recommended to the Governor-General once the the states and territories have given their support.

Consumers’ Federation of Australia looks forward to working with Ms Lowe in the new role, and acknowledges the leadership from Delia Rickard over many years and her championing of consumer rights, particularly for the most vulnerable.

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