The Franchising Taskforce has concluded stakeholder consultation. The evidence gathered by the Taskforce will inform its advice to government.
Stakeholders can continue to contact the department with franchising related information at SmallBusinessFranchising@industry.gov.au.
The following outlines the process to develop a government response to the Parliamentary Joint Committee report and opportunities for stakeholder involvement.
The green boxes indicate opportunities for stakeholder involvement. Please click or tab/enter through the below diagram to see each step.
The current stage is Stage 5.
Stage 1Relevant agencies established the Franchising Taskforce as recommended in the Committee’s Fairness in Franchising report (the Taskforce was established on 10 April 2019).
Stage 2The Taskforce released its Issues Paper for stakeholder comment. Stakeholders had the opportunity to respond through the following channels:
- Online Issues Paper consultation form
- Via phone to the Franchise Taskforce action officers
- Via email to the department's franchising mailbox
- Direct engagement with the Taskforce
Stage 3The Taskforce analysed the submissions received to inform the content of its Regulation Impact Statement.
Stage 4Released Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) for consultation with stakeholders. Stakeholders had the opportunity to respond through the following channels:
- Online RIS consultation form
- Via phone to the Franchising Taskforce phone line on 1800 314 677
- Via email to the franchising mailbox at SmallBusinessFranchising@industry.gov.au.
Stage 5The Taskforce analyses the input received to inform its advice to Government.
Stage 6The Taskforce provides advice to the Assistant Treasurer and the Minister for Employment Skills, Small and Family Business based on its findings from the consultation and RIS processes.
Stage 7The Government releases its response to the Committee’s Fairness in Franchising report.
Consultation to date
The Taskforce has engaged with a wide range of stakeholders across the franchising sector through meetings and written feedback invited on a Regulation Impact Statement and an Issues Paper. Stakeholder views, experiences and information will inform the Taskforce’s advice to government.
Regulation Impact Statement (RIS)
The Taskforce consulted on a RIS from 11 November to 6 December 2019. The RIS sought feedback on possible problems and options for government action in the franchising sector.
Non-confidential submissions are available on the Consultation Hub website of the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.
The Taskforce consulted on an Issues Paper from 23 August to 20 September 2019. The Issues Paper was available in English, Arabic, Simplified Chinese and Korean, and invited feedback to the Taskforce on the PJC’s Fairness in Franchising report recommendations. To assist stakeholders with providing feedback, the Taskforce grouped the PJC’s recommendations under seven policy principles that emerged from its reading of the PJC’s report.
- Issues Paper (English)
- Issues Paper (Arabic)
- Issues Paper (Simplified Chinese)
- Issues Paper (Korean)
Franchising Taskforce Terms of Reference
The Taskforce was established on 10 April 2019 with the following terms of reference.
On 14 March 2019, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services (the Committee) handed down its Fairness in Franchising report.
The Committee acknowledged that several of the recommendations made throughout its report require detailed consideration of whether and how they could be implemented to ensure that they operate effectively. To this end, the Committee recommends:
that the Australian Government establish an inter-agency Franchising Taskforce to examine the feasibility and implementation of a number of the committee's recommendations. The Franchising Taskforce should include representatives from the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business and, where appropriate, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
The Taskforce will provide advice to the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business and the Assistant Treasurer in the second half of 2019, which will inform the Government’s response to the Committee’s report.
The response will provide an achievable plan for the reform of the franchising framework that is fair, effective and accountable for franchisors and franchisees while avoiding unnecessary regulatory burden.
To do this the Taskforce will:
- coordinate a whole of government response to the report recommendations;
- oversee consultation, industry engagement and contributions from relevant portfolios.
- The Taskforce will be co-chaired by the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business and the Department of the Treasury.
- The Taskforce will have representation from the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Other agencies with policy or regulatory responsibility for relevant Industry Codes, including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Department of the Environment and Energy, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Department of Agriculture will be co opted as needed.
Please direct email enquiries about the Franchising Taskforce and consultation opportunities to: