Complying with complex international agreements and domestic customs laws can make Australia’s anti-dumping system difficult to understand and engage with for many businesses.
This session gave the ASA Members an overview of the Australian anti-dumping system’s purpose, operation and the support available for businesses, particularly small and medium enterprises. Led by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, we covered information relevant for manufacturers that may have been impacted by dumped and subsidised goods, and information relevant for importers and downstream businesses that may have been impacted by anti‑dumping duties.
Members gained a high-level understanding of the system’s domestic and international legal frameworks, and discovered where to find additional information and support.
Key topics that were included:
The purpose of the anti-dumping system
Where help is available for businesses engaging with the system
What different parts of the Government do within the system
General Manager, Trade and International Branch
Alison Drury commenced as General Manager Trade and International Branch at the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources in January 2021. Prior to this she served for 16 years with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, including diplomatic postings to Vienna UN and Israel. Alison commenced her career in the private sector as an insurance underwriter and business analyst and holds a Master of Arts (International Relations) and a Bachelor of Economics (Social Science).
Manager, Trade Programs Section
Mark Wright has over 25 years of service in the Australian and NSW Public Services, managing the delivery and implementation of a broad range of programs and projects. Mark is currently Manager, Trade Programs and is responsible for the delivery of trade-related programs and tariff policy. These programs assist Australian small and medium-sized enterprises access Australia’s anti‑dumping and countervailing system (through the International Trade Remedies Advisory Service), assist Australian industry and support business competitiveness (through tariff concession programs including Tradex and Certain Inputs to Manufacture) and support Australia’s peak bodies in key international standards setting forums.
Manager, Anti-Dumping Policy Section
Karl Brennan is the Manager of the Anti-Dumping Policy Section which oversees Australia’s anti‑dumping and countervailing legislation. Prior to his current role, Karl was the Manager of DISER’s Trade Policy Section, and has extensive experience in industry policy trade negotiation, including in the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).