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.

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How the committee works

The committee meetings are usually 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, legal and business advisers, 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 are typically appointed for a period of 2 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.

Overview of function and expectations on members ( PDF 404.46 KB )

Current membership

The current membership of the committee, listed below, has been appointed until 31 December 2024.

Industry associations

  • AusActive
  • Australasian Association of Convenience Stores Limited
  • Australasian Convenience and Petroleum Marketers Association
  • Australian Association of Franchisees
  • Australian Automative Aftermarket Association
  • Australian Automative Dealer Association
  • Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • The Australian Federation of Travel Agents
  • Australian Hairdressing Council
  • Australian Lottery and Newsagents Association
  • Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals
  • Council of Small Business Organisations Australia
  • Family Business Australia and New Zealand
  • Franchise Council of Australia
  • Independent Contractors Australia Inc. (trading as Self Employed Australia)
  • Institute of Public Accountants
  • Master Grocers Australia Ltd
  • Motor Trades Association of Australia
  • Real Estate Institute of Australia
  • Small Enterprise Association of Australia and New Zealand (SEAANZ)
  • Tasmanian Small Business Council

Advisors and academics

  • Franchise Advisory Centre
  • FranchisingWA
  • Keypoint Law
  • Law Council's SME Committee
  • Sladen Legal
  • University of Adelaide

More information

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