List of recommendations

Recommendation 1

2.73    The committee recommends that the Australian Government develop a bipartisan solution to high energy costs that will reduce energy prices and secure supply for steel manufacturers.

Recommendation 2

4.85    The committee recommends that the Australian Government investigate the possibility of making third-party certification of steel compulsory for structural and fabricated steel used in Australia where relevant standards are available.

Recommendation 3

4.87    The committee recommends that the Australian Government work with the states and territories to improve consistency in standards between different Australian jurisdictions and regulatory bodies, with a view to harmonising current standards requirements.

Recommendation 4

4.89    Subject to forthcoming recommendations from the Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products, the committee recommends that the Australian Government develop a confidential reporting mechanism through which industry and other stakeholders can report non-conforming steel products so that the Commonwealth Federal Safety Commissioner can take proportionate action based on the safety risk posed by the product.

Recommendation 5

4.92    Subject to forthcoming recommendations from the Senate inquiry into non-conforming building products, the committee recommends that the Australian Government develop a clearer regulatory framework to deal with non-conforming steel products, with consideration given to stricter penalties for non-conforming products or products found to have fraudulent certifications, and the development of a public database of these products and their origin.

Recommendation 6

4.95    The committee recommends that the Australian Government convene a national steel forum comprised of representatives from industry, government and other stakeholders to investigate the possibility of establishing and funding an industry-managed steel compliance scheme that involves random independent conformity inspections.

Recommendation 7

5.111  The committee recommends that the Australian Government maximise the use of locally made steel in Commonwealth funded projects.

Recommendation 8

5.113  The committee recommends that the Australian Government develop an overarching steel policy that would form the basis for decision-making and initiatives affecting the industry.

Recommendation 9

5.115  The committee recommends the establishment of a national Steel Supplier Advocate, which will:

Recommendation 10

5.117  The committee recommends that the Australian Government reconsider its decision to reject Recommendation 1 of the Joint Standing Committee on Government Procurement report and request the Department of Finance revise clause 10.9(c) of the Commonwealth Procurement Rules to require all goods purchased by the Australian Government to comply with Australian standards unless none are applicable or it is inappropriate to do so.

Recommendation 11

5.118  The committee recommends that the Australian Government reconsider its decision to reject Recommendation 4 of the Joint Standing Committee on Government Procurement report and commit to enhancing the procurement-connected policy for Australian Industry Participation plans so that good procurement practices are implemented down through the supply chain, so that both prime and sub-contractors:

Recommendation 12

5.119  The committee recommends that the Australian Government reconsider its response to Recommendation 8 of the Joint Standing Committee on Government Procurement report and ensure that, in negotiating future trade or World Trade Organisation agreements, Australia does not enter into any commitments that undermine the Australian government’s ability to support Australian businesses.

Recommendation 13

5.120  The committee recommends that, in light of the evidence provided to this inquiry by the Australian Steel Institute relating to the steel industry's Environmental Sustainability Charter, the Australian Government reconsider its decision to reject Recommendation 3 of the Joint Standing Committee on Government Procurement report and facilitate the introduction of a procurement connected policy requiring Commonwealth agencies to evaluate the whole-of-life environmental sustainability of goods and services to be procured.

Recommendation 14

5.122  The committee recommends that the Australian Government better utilise the small and medium-sized enterprise provisions in free trade agreements.

Recommendation 15

5.124  The committee recommends that the Department of Finance reconsider its current procurement implementation guidelines, noting the concerns of the Joint Standing Committee on Government Procurement that the current guidance may undermine the intent of the new Commonwealth Procurement Rules, specifically clause 10.30 relating to economic benefit.

Recommendation 16

5.127  The committee recommends that relevant entities should be required to make reasonable enquiries to determine standards compliance in all Commonwealth funded projects involving steel, not just those above relevant thresholds.

Recommendation 17

5.129  The committee recommends that the Australian Government review the level of funding to the Australian Industry Participation Authority to ensure it is adequate, and that compliance with Australian Industry Participation plans should be monitored and audited.

Recommendation 18

5.130  The committee recommends that the Australian Government restore the requirement in legislation for all tenderers for Commonwealth projects to submit Australian Industry Participation plans, not just the successful tenderer.

Recommendation 19

5.132  The committee recommends that the Australian Government review the thresholds for Australian Industry Participation plans, with a view that they should be significantly reduced to take into account recent changes in industry.

Recommendation 20

6.98    The committee recommends the Australian Government ensure that the Anti-Dumping Commission is adequately resourced so that it can operate in a timely and effective manner and defend Australian industry against unfair and anti-competitive trade practices.

Recommendation 21

6.99    The committee notes that in adequately resourcing the Anti-Dumping Commission, it would be preferential for officials to have private sector experience prior to gaining employment within the Commission.

Recommendation 22

6.104  The committee recommends that responsibility for safeguards inquiries should be transferred from the Productivity Commission to the Anti-Dumping Commission, in line with international best practice.

Recommendation 23

6.106  The committee recommends that the Australian Government introduce a mechanism for applicants involved in anti-dumping investigations to nominate the form of duty to be applied, which can be recommended to the Minister by the Anti-Dumping Commissioner.

Recommendation 24

6.107  The committee recommends the establishment of a working group of the International Trade Remedies Forum to reform the anti-dumping handbook.

Recommendation 25

6.109  The committee recommends that the Australian Government consider establishing a legal aid system to expand access to the Australian anti-dumping system by affected industry stakeholders, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises.

Recommendation 26

6.110  The committee recommends that the working group proposed in Recommendation 23 within the International Trade Remedies Forum also consider ways in which the anti-dumping system can be reformed to be more user-friendly for small and medium-sized enterprises and the fabricated steel sector.

Recommendation 27

6.112  The committee recommends that the Australian Government look at ways to better facilitate access to data held by the government to assist companies seeking to access the anti-dumping system.

Recommendation 28

6.114  The committee recommends that the Australian Government should continue to oppose the introduction of a 'public interest test' in the levying of duties.

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