Franchise Council of Australia


Service franchises trump food retail in popularity stakes

11:06AM | Wednesday, 16 November

Service-based businesses have trumped food retail as the most popular type of franchise for new franchisees, new research reveals, due to smaller start-up costs and stronger trading conditions.

WA Franchising Bill falls over but Liberal MP Peter Abetz still confident

11:30AM | Friday, 4 November

Advocates of state-based franchising laws have suffered a setback after a private member’s bill in WA failed to pass through Parliament earlier this week, falling short of just one vote.

SA gives green light to SME commissioner and franchising code

10:25AM | Monday, 24 October

South Australia will receive its own Small Business Commissioner and a new code to protect franchisees, after a hotly contested bill passed through state Parliament.

Coffee Club franchisee scoops FCA award

10:43AM | Friday, 14 October

The Coffee Club franchisee Carolyn McManus has revealed her secrets to success for multi-unit franchising, after being named Multi-unit Franchisee of the Year by the peak industry body.

ACCC to crackdown on franchise compliance

10:31AM | Monday, 10 October

Competition watchdog ACCC says it will focus on compliance in the franchising sector in order to “improve its standing”, while industry experts say the sector is performing well financially.

Retail disputes rise as stores fret over rising rents

9:49AM | Tuesday, 20 September

Disputes between landlords and tenants dominated enquiries to the Victorian Small Business Commissioner, its annual report shows, but the body representing shopping centre owners and managers says the pain cuts both ways.

Job losses tipped to trigger surge in franchising

8:29AM | Thursday, 18 August

The franchising industry is tipped to undergo a surge in enquiries as job losses ripple through the economy, but a small business lobbyist has issued a warning to prospective franchisees.

WA franchise bill hinges on Labor support

8:13PM | Thursday, 11 August

WA Liberal MP Peter Abetz is relying on the Labor party to see his franchise bill become a reality, after it passed the second reading in State Parliament’s Lower House last night.

SA Government tacks on franchise measures to commissioner bill

8:27AM | Friday, 5 August

The South Australian Government has introduced a new combined bill into Parliament that would establish a small business commissioner as well as take measures to regulate the franchise industry.

Festival season set to launch for start-ups, with events held across NSW and VIC

7:05AM | Friday, 22 July

Start-ups are being encouraged to make the most of the small business “festival season”, which kicks off next week and lasts for several months, with events held across NSW and Victoria.

ACCC endorses dispute resolution service but franchise groups wary

7:45AM | Tuesday, 5 July

The Federal Government’s push for a dispute resolution system has won the support of the competition regulator but has only received lukewarm response from industry groups.

Franchisees divided over Abetz bill

6:55AM | Monday, 27 June

Franchisees are divided over a decision by Liberal MP Peter Abetz to push ahead with his WA franchise bill despite an investigative committee advising against it.

Abetz to push ahead with franchising bill despite committee rebuffal

6:32AM | Friday, 24 June

Liberal MP Peter Abetz is to push ahead with his controversial WA franchise bill despite a parliamentary investigative committee advising against it.

MP slammed over “rogue” warning to budding franchisees

5:02AM | Monday, 23 May

Franchising experts have questioned the motives of WA Liberal MP Peter Abetz, who has warned prospective franchisees that “rogue elements” may “prey” upon them.

Franchisees back compulsory franchise education: Report

5:10PM | Wednesday, 18 May

Prospective franchisees strongly support mandatory pre-entry franchise education programs, with many unhappy over the scope of information on offer, according to a new report.

Eagle Boys aims to beat franchise struggles with Video Ezy link-up

4:34AM | Tuesday, 12 April

Pizza chain Eagle Boys is the latest franchise to team up with another operator in a bid to attract new customers, although the peak industry body says franchisees should be wary of “multi-branding”.

Wave of new franchises unveiled at Sydney expo

4:34PM | Tuesday, 5 April

A host of Australian and US franchises were recently unveiled at a Sydney franchising expo, suggesting the sector is still ripe with opportunity for prospective franchisees.

McDonald’s joins opposition to WA Franchising Bill

2:40AM | Monday, 28 February

Fast food franchise McDonald’s has thrown its weight behind opposition to the WA Franchising Bill, clashing with the owner of major rival Hungry Jack’s.

International criticism for WA franchising bill

2:27AM | Tuesday, 22 February

The International Franchising Association is the latest industry body to oppose the controversial WA franchising bill, calling for the proposals to be scrapped.

WA union leader backs franchise reforms

2:29AM | Friday, 11 February

WA union leader Joe Bullock has thrown his weight behind proposed franchise reforms, labeling Liberal MP Peter Abetz as “courageous” for pushing for change in the face of fierce opposition.