FCA seeks feedback for Code review submission

FCA roadshow code review
There was a strong turnout for the FCA roadshow in Sydney. (Source: Supplied)

The Franchise Council of Australia has launched a national roadshow to garner feedback for the Federal Government’s review of the Franchising Code of Conduct.

The roadshow puts the spotlight on the 22 criteria outlined by the Code’s reviewer. The aim is to gather practical insights from those with direct operational experience in the franchise sector.

Meetings in Perth, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and online policy forums have been well-attended. FCA member franchisors and franchisees have shared insights and concerns on the Code’s potential improvements.

FCA CEO Matthew Monaghan emphasised the contribution both franchisees and franchisors can make in shaping the submission.

“We are determined to ensure that our submission reflects the practical realities of operating a franchise business. The alignment of challenges faced by both franchisees and franchisors and examples of the current frustrations will lend greater weight to our recommendations,” he said.

FCA roadshow prior to Code review seeks real world examples

The FCA encouraged franchisees and franchisors to hold advisory council meetings to discuss and compile common challenges and concerns.

FCA chair Brendan Green stressed the importance of providing real-world examples to support proposed changes to the Code.

“Our approach is to highlight the areas where the Code is working effectively and, equally important, to pinpoint those aspects that require improvement through tangible examples,” he said.

The Federal Government announced in April it would go ahead with a Code review . Current legislation has a sunset clause of early 2025.

The Government announced Dr Michael Schaper, as the independent reviewer. Dr Schaper is the former deputy chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and former ACT Small Business Commissioner.