The ASI has responded to the Brumby Anti-Dumping Review by urging ways the national regime can be much better aligned with the manufacturing sector. Key ASI recommendations to the Brumby Review entail moving prime responsibility for anti-dumping from Australian Customs to the industry ministry. It calls for establishment of a new agency under the Federal industry department to administer the anti-dumping system and the new agency to be located in major manufacturing hubs with staff holding relevant industry knowledge, experience and business acumen. ASI National Manager – Industry Development, Ian Cairns said the Australian industry minister would be responsible for decisions under the proposed changes to the anti-dumping system under the proposed model. “Locating investigators closer to industry would help to develop a better understanding of its needs and the issues first-hand,” he said. In the same vein, the ASI also advocates greater advisory and support mechanisms, especially for SMEs to engage with the anti-dumping regime. “An example could be provision for this made through the current Enterprise Connect program,” Mr Cairns said. He pointed out that as a large part of the local steel industry comprises SMEs with limited resources available, it would be also valuable for powers to be conveyed for an Association or Union to mount ‘class action’ type cases on behalf of groups of members. “Local industry shouldn’t be stymied from any meaningful way of mounting cases questioning unfair trade practices,” he said. A number of the ASI’s recommendations relate to more tightly linking Australia’s anti-dumping to other regulatory programs. “For instance, serious consideration should be given for the new Agency being responsible for policing goods that are imported which do not comply with relevant Australian Standards,” he said. “We also urge strengthening the scope of the International Trade Remedies Forum.”