Victor Xu



Graduate Diploma of International Trade
Master of International Trade and Business


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Graduation years

1999 and 2000

Current position

Senior Customs Officer, Australian Customs Service (ACS)


Since graduating from Deakin in 2000, Victor has become Australian Customs Service's expert on Australia's complicated anti-dumping legislation and has written a paper on China's export VAT tax refund system.

Career path and highlights

Australian Customs Service (ACS) Senior Customs Officer Victor Xu, plays a vital role in assisting the ACS and Australian industry in the investigation of dumping and countervailing complaints.

"I have conducted in-depth research for the ACS on the value added tax system in China and have written a paper entitled Understanding China's export VAT refunded system. The paper covers the background of this issue between Australia and China, and helps explain the different VAT rates applicable for exporters, the procedure for VAT refunding, export tax rebates for enterprises, calculation formulas for the VAT for manufacturers or traders and a comparison of VAT and GST here in Australia. This paper has helped clear up a lot of misunderstanding in ACS' overseas investigations into export price and normal value," Victor explained.

Victor said that his current role with the ACS plays a vital role in helping to protect Australia's interests.

"I provide advice to industry and foreign governments and maintain Australia's policy and legislative framework for anti-dumping and countervailing. One very enjoyable benefit of my often challenging role though, is that I get to travel extensively," he said.

Originally from China, Victor said that he chose to undertake study at Deakin due to the practical nature of his courses of choice and most importantly, to help further develop his business skills and expertise.

"The Burwood campus was convenient, the facilities were good and the course had a good combination of theory and practice. Deakin offered excellent academic teaching staff, advanced technology in teaching, flexible assessment methods and had valid and reliable research output."

"I had spent most of my previous career in international trade and business where I set up a joint venture with some Japanese partners to produce stainless steel pipes and joints and then sell these in the Chinese market and export overseas. Later I managed a three star hotel in Melbourne - which was how I came to Australia. I think my studies helped me to reconcile all these experiences into a related area and certainly assisted me in obtaining my current job with ACS," he explained.

As for the future, Victor said he plans to move into international business consultancy.