The Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee was established by the ACCC to provide a forum where competition and consumer law concerns related to the small business and franchising sectors could be discussed by industry and government.
The committee meetings are held twice a year, and are chaired by our Deputy Chair Mick Keogh.
Members are drawn from a range of areas and include industry associations, small businesses, legal and business advisors and academics, with a focus on ensuring membership represents the interests of the broader small business sector.
Appointment to the committee is at our discretion and members typically hold office for a period of two years.
We do not pay sitting fees or reimburse travel costs for participation – members must meet their own expenses.
Members are invited to discuss and comment on the following:
- issues affecting the small business and franchising sectors that fall within the scope of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 and the Franchising Code of Conduct
- emerging issues or market developments impacting on the small business and franchising sectors
- education and information strategies developed and undertaken by the ACCC to assist the small business and franchising sectors.
- Restaurant & Catering Industry Association
- Tasmanian Small Business Council
- Real Estate Institute of Australia
- Pharmacy Guild of Australia
- Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals
- Self Employed Australia (formerly Independent Contractors of Australia)
- Australasian Convenience & Petroleum Marketers Association
- Australasian Association of Convenience Stores Limited
- Master Grocers Australia
- Australian Retailers Association
- Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association
- Franchise Council of Australia
- Motor Trades Association of Australia
- Master Builders Australia
- Institute of Public Accountants
- UNSW Business School
- School of Business at the University of the Sunshine Coast
- The University of Sydney Business School
- Deakin Business School
- Curtin Law School
- Franchise Advisory Centre
- FC Business Solutions
- Franchise Relationships Institute
- Business Enterprises Centres Australia
- Law Council SME Committee
- MST Lawyers
- Minor DKL Food Group
Observers from various government agencies and departments also participate in meetings of the committee.
A special out-of-session meeting with some members of the Small Business and Franchising Consultative Committee was held on 22 February 2019. For a summary, see: Forums & key meetings