What it does: Makes sure Australians aren’t getting ripped off
Staff stats: Around 800
The good bits: Interesting work, supportive workplace culture
The not so good bits: Limited resources
Hiring grads with degrees in: Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration; Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Law & Legal Studies; Sciences
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission story
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (universally referred to as the ACCC) came into existence in 1995. It emerged as a result of the amalgamation of the Australian Trades Practices Commission and Prices Surveillance Authority. The ACCC is one of the Federal Government’s most high-profile independent authorities, safeguarding the interests of consumers against predatory businesses.
The ACCC administers the Competition and Consumer Act and can act in the Federal Court to enforce its provision. Fines imposed by the Federal Court can exceed $10 million. If business owners/managers are found guilty of the accusations such as Illegal activities like forming a cartel for example, they can face prison terms of up to 10 years. The ACCC is charged with protecting consumer rights, regulating industries, preventing price-gouging and anti-competitive behaviour. It is the watchdog that makes sure businesses operating in Australia meet their obligations (while enjoying the rights they are entitled to).
Unsurprisingly, many in corporate Australia are hostile to the ACCC. On the other hand, it’s one of the few government agencies that a significant number Australians express passionate support for. The ACCC is overseen by a Chairman, who has an executive team consisting of two Deputy Chairs and four Commissioners. Its parent agency is the Department of Treasury.
Diversity and inclusion
ACCC/AER is committed to diversity and inclusion. They know that workplaces that embrace diversity are high performing. They are a high performing organisation and encourage applications from people of all gender, sexuality, ethnicity, age, disability and other demographic groups.
In particular, they:
The ACCC has a workplace-giving program that facilitates staff donating to selected charities. It is committed to reducing its environmental impact. It also plays a vital role in making sure everyday Australians aren’t defrauded, exploited or overcharged by powerful businesses.
The ACCC is a small agency where people enjoy their jobs and tend to hang around. While you can expect quick promotions early in your career, expect to face stiff completion once you reach middle-management level.
The vibe of the place
While you won’t get the other private sector corporate perks, you’re likely to find yourself working in a well-appointed CBD office. The hierarchy is flat, meaning you could find yourself chatting to a commissioner in the office lift. The workplace culture varies from office to office. Generally, you should find your colleagues friendly even if you don’t end up socialising with them much out of hours.
Star Rating: 4.3 stars
The ACCC is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority whose role is to enforce the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and a range of additional legislation to promote competition, fair trading and regulate national infrastructure for the benefit of all Australians.
The ACCC regulates national infrastructure industries where competition is low. The ACCC includes the AER which is responsible for the economic regulation of the Australian energy sector.
In addition to the benefits of the graduate program, as an employee of the ACCC/AER you will also be eligible for
The ACCC/AER graduate program is highly regarded and has many benefits including
Graduate rotations are designed to give you an understanding of the broad range of work undertaken by the ACCC and the AER. Each graduate will undertake rotations across a range of consumers and/or competition work areas, such as enforcement, mergers, infrastructure regulation, market studies/inquiries and product safety.
They have high expectations of our graduates and create a challenging environment for their graduates to succeed in.
To be considered, you will
Qualifications from overseas universities must be recognised by the Overseas Qualifications Unit
Successful candidates for the ACCC/AER 2022 Graduate Program will
To apply complete the online application form, where you will be asked to
During the assessment process, you may be asked to
Applications will close at 10 PM (AEST) Sunday 28 March 2021.
Virtual assessment centres will take place in May/June, with offers made to successful applicants in July/August 2021.
$63,349 per annum from 8 February 2022, advancing to $66,761 per annum from mid-May 2022, $72,527 in November 2022 and $80,893 upon successful completion of the program in June 2023.
15.4% superannuation in addition to salary.
Graduate opportunities may be offered on a full-time or part-time (minimum 30 hours per week) basis. Candidates interested in full time and part-time opportunities are encouraged to apply.
They are an equal opportunity employer.