AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION (ACCC)
The ACCC is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority which regulates the mandatory Franchising Code of Conduct (Code) and can investigate alleged breaches of the Code.
The ACCC is responsible for enforcing the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 as well as legislation, promoting competition, fair trading and regulating national infrastructure.
Its role is to protect, strengthen and improve the way competition works in Australian markets and industries.
BUSINESS.GOV.AU This website is an online government resource for the Australian business community which gives the public access to government information, forms and services for all things business. It is aimed at assisting individuals or a group of people to plan, start and grow their business.
New business owners can access the advice finder, events calendar, grants and assistance finder, a directory of government and business associations, planning templates, business videos, and business checklists.
Business topics include emergency management and recovery, finance, recruitment, environmental management, fair trading, taxation, online business, franchising, importing and exporting, intellectual property and training.
FRANCHISE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA
The FCA is the main body for representing franchisees, franchisors and service providers in the $146bn franchising sector in Australia.
Becoming a member of the FCA is a voluntary and is available for any organisation or anyone involved in the franchise industry including franchisees.
This is the online arm of the Inside Franchise Business publication. Both platforms are focused on providing essential advice and information for anyone looking to invest in a franchise. The website provides short and snappy business tips and news, video interviews, industry commentary and market reports.
FranchiseBusiness.com.au is also the official directory of the FCA and lists franchising opportunities available in Australia and New Zealand. Potential franchisees looking to move into the franchising sphere can explore opportunities that currently exist in the market and enquire about the franchisor or brand. Users also have access to franchise consultants and advisors who can assist prospective or existing franchisees and franchisors with legal, financial educational and training, IT and other services.
FRANdata is the home of the Australian Franchise Registry which identifies franchise brands that have up-to-date franchise agreements and disclosure documents, and which have confirmed with the Registry their compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct.
FRANdata also provides reports on the franchising sector.
Well established in the US since 1989, the business was established in Australia in 2013 to help the franchise sector address key strategic challenges and take advantage of opportunities available to qualifying brands.
Franchise.ED (previously Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence) was created to help people find independent information and research on franchise best practice.
FranchiseED is a Not for Profit which provides education to encourage best practice; provides consultancy services; and provides access and dissemination of quality franchise research. The revenue generated by these programs will help support the social enterprise programs of FranchiseED. It extends upon the work undertaken previously by the Franchise Centre at Griffith University with the transformation into FranchiseED.
THE FAIR WORK COMMISSION
Fair Work Commission (the Commission, previously called Fair Work Australia) and the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) are independent government organisations that regulate Australia’s workplace relations system but have different roles.
The Commission is the independent national workplace relations tribunal. It is responsible for maintaining a safety net of minimum wages and employment conditions, as well as a range of other workplace functions and regulation.
The FWO enforces compliance with the Fair Work Act, related legislation, awards and registered agreements. It also helps employers and employees by providing advice and education on pay rates and workplace conditions.