Australia’s troubled franchise industry to be put under the microscope

After a string of scandals involving franchisee exploitation and underpayments to workers, Australia’s $170 billion franchise sector looks certain to be the target of a Senate inquiry.

New South Wales Nationals Senator John Williams has reportedly confirmed he intends to move a referral to hold a parliamentary inquiry into the franchise sector within the next week and that he says he has the numbers to move ahead with proceedings.

The inquiry will focus on self-regulation within the franchise industry in the wake of allegations of an “exploitative and unsustainable” franchise model operated by listed company Retail Food Group. Read more

Ben Hall –  Business News Australia – 12 Mar 2018