Small business

False and misleading conduct key issue for small businesses

Reports to the ACCC by small businesses about false and misleading conduct by other businesses including suppliers increased by eight per cent, totalling more than 900, in the six months to 31 December 2019.

This issue continues to be the Australian Consumer Law issue most commonly affecting small businesses, and accounts for over a third of small business reports made to the ACCC, according to the latest Small Business in Focus Report, published today.

Small business in focus - 1 July to 31 December 2019

This twice-yearly report provides a summary of ACCC activities in the small business, franchising and agriculture sectors.

ACCCount 1 October to 31 December 2019

ACCCount details the ACCC's activities in the enforcement of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, merger reviews, compliance actions, adjudication issues, economic regulation and international involvement.

$4.2 million in penalties ordered against former car wash franchisor Geowash and two executives

The Federal Court has ordered $4.2 million in penalties against former carwash and detailing franchisor Geowash Pty Ltd, its director Sanam Ali and its franchising manager Charles Cameron for breaches of the Australian Consumer Law. This included penalties of $1.045 million against Ms Ali and $656,000 against Mr Cameron. 

ACCCount 1 July to 30 September 2019

ACCCount details the ACCC's activities in the enforcement of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010, merger reviews, compliance actions, adjudication issues, economic regulation and international involvement.

Franchising model disclosure document

The franchising model disclosure document sets out the recommended format for a franchisor’s disclosure document and includes tips to assist franchisors in meeting their disclosure obligations.