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Australian Franchise Code Review and Good Faith

In the midst of the post Christmas/New Year frenzy the Australian Minister for Small Business quietly announced the commencement of a review of the Franchising Code of Conduct with little time for submissions.

Court Enforced 15 Year Ban From Business

It is a first; the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission obtained court orders barring a person from managing companies. And with a bonus $450,000 civil pecuniary penalty.

Frank Zumbo, Deputy Small Business Commissioner.

Professor Frank ZumboIt has been reported that vocal champion for healthy competition Professor Frank Zumbo has been appointed Deputy Small Business Commissioner to South Australia.  The Franchise Council of Australia is disturbed.

ACCC Tells Franchising To Clean Up Act


Man in hazmat suit trying to clean up deadly mess. image by AZRainman.com

MELBOURNE, Australia — Newly appointed Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, advised franchisors of his intention to assist franchising to clean up its act.

Genius in South Australia Bill

Last week the South Australian Small Business Commissioner Bill passed through the Lower House. The genius in this Bill comes from redrafting of another Bill to increase positive impact to greater stakeholder and gain that stakeholder support.

South Australia Aims to be Safest Place for Franchisees

Celebrate SA

If you are a franchisee in South Australia, you will celebrate a first for Australia. The state has introduced the Small Business Commissioner Bill 2011, which will ensure broad powers to enhance protection of franchisees by stipulating that dealings are conducted fairly and in good faith.

Franchise Council Annoys Shopping Centre Council

Lease AbuseA foolish claim made earlier this week by Franchise Council of Australia that the Shopping Centre Council of Australia might be ready for a voluntary Code of Conduct on retail tenancies was meant to gain some much needed credibility but it backfired.

All Or Nothing At The Cheesecake Shop

South Australia franchisor The Cheesecake Shop apparently sees itself as immune from anything remotely resembling good faith franchising. Here I can see no agenda other than to churn franchisees and take back their businesses when they cannot comply with inflated rebranding costs.

Koutsantonis: South Australia Law Is Go!

Tom Koutsantonis MP"Mum-and-dad investors need protection and we need to offer it. We are not going to stand by, waiting for the Commonwealth to step into this space."  Following yesterday’s release of the South Australian Economic and Finance Committee’s Supplementary Report into Franchising the Minister calls for State franchise legislation ‘within weeks’.  

Australian Franchise Investor Uncertainty

 

Professor Frank ZumboThe Franchise Council of Australia has long prophesised doom and gloom for Australia’s franchising sector should State based franchising laws be introduced.