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.
The current membership of the committee, listed below, has been appointed until 31 December 2024.
- 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
- Keypoint Law
- Law Council's SME Committee
- Sladen Legal
- University of Adelaide