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Franchising Policy Council to continue The Hon Mal Brough MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, today announced that the Franchising Policy Council, an advisory body to the Federal Government, will continue for a further two-year term.

The Council provides a focused industry voice on franchising issues and the mandatory Franchising Code of Conduct. It has an important and continuing role in assisting the Government to monitor the Code and advise on issues impacting on the industry.

'The Council has recently completed its report on the Review of the Franchising Code of Conduct (May 2000). It has provided valuable advice on the effectiveness of the Code and evaluated the Code’s success in raising standards of conduct within the franchising industry,' Mr Brough said.

'The Review indicated strong support from most participants in the industry for the continuation of the mandatory Franchising Code of Conduct.'

The Franchising Policy Council was established by the Minister for Employment, Workplace Relations and Small Business, the Hon Peter Reith MP, in March 1998 to advise on the content and form of a mandatory Franchising Code of Conduct. The Code was introduced on 1 July 1998 as a regulation made under the Trade Practices Act 1974.

Mr Brough said the nine-member Council will continue to be chaired by the Hon Michael MacKellar.

'Mr MacKellar brings a wealth of business experience to his role and will provide valuable leadership and independence in advising the Government on franchising issues and the Code,' Mr Brough said.

'Members of the Council represent franchisees, franchisors and industry advisers who are well respected within the sector. I am confident that they will continue to provide balanced and practical advice to the Government about franchising issues.'

The Council’s first task will be to assist the Government in implementing the outcomes of the Review of the Franchising Code of Conduct.

'The Council will continue to liaise with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission which administers the Code to ensure that compliance requirements are as straightforward and reasonable as possible,' Mr Brough said.

See attachment for membership of the Franchising Policy Council.



For further information contact:

Mal Brough  0419 651 563