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Spotlight on Professional Bodies and Education

3 May 2012

Promoting franchise education is a top priority for the ACCC, Griffith University and the Fair Work Ombudsman at this year's Franchising and Business Opportunities expo.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the Fair Work Ombudsman and Griffith University will be appearing at the Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo this year in a bid to educate potential franchisees about the roles they play in franchising.

So come along, as these professional bodies are ardently inviting you to explore their free franchising educational options. Here’s a little more on what they do and how they can help:

ACCC

As a government watchdog, the ACCC promotes compliance with the Franchising Code of Conduct by helping people understand their rights and obligations under the Compliance and Consumer Act. The ACCC will be supplying franchisees with educational materials at the expo, including helpful fact sheets, feature articles and guidelines. Together, these materials ensure that franchises meet their legal check requirements.

Griffith University

Griffith University is also on a mission to promote proper franchise practice. They teamed up with the ACCC and currently offer a free specialist franchise course (funded by the ACCC) to prepare potential franchisees for business.

It is invaluable for understanding more about buying a franchise business before you actually do it. The course will strengthen your discernment in knowing what to look for when assessing franchise opportunities before you buy, as well as which franchise to buy. This is essential, as it may reduce your risk of having unrealistic expectations and encountering unexpected surprises after you have purchased a franchise.

The course is offered throughout the Asia-Pacific Centre for Franchising Excellence and Griffith University. You can also take the course online if more convenient.

Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman will be available to offer free advice and information regarding Australia's workplace rights and rules. They operate independently of the government, so their aim is to promote a harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace environment that complies with Commonwealth workplace laws. Their services are free to all workers and employers in Australia.

To learn more about franchise and business opportunities, education and resources, register for free tickets for upcoming expos in Perth, Brisbane and Melbourne.