The Australian Competition and Consumers Commission (ACCC) has gone on a recruitment spree, hiring 10 additional staff to help cover the increasingly-complex communications industry.
An example of this is the NBN, which has been cited as a technology development that has spurred the headcount increase. ACCC group general manager, Michael Cosgrave, said it was reflective of an increasingly complex infrastructure and services environment.
“It’s about us deepening our expertise across a whole range of issues,” Cosgrave said. “Some of the headcount will be with the NBN, others will be looking at broadcasting and content, and others will be in backhaul infrastructure.
The additional headcount brings the communications devision at the ACCC to 70.
The ACCC recently brought action against online retailer, Mwave, and consumer electronics vendor, Panasonic. It has also recently noted a sharp increase in consumer scamming – issuing a warning before Valentine's Day against romance and dating scams, which had seen a 30 per cent spike in 2009.