It was formed in 1983 as a not-for-profit trade association, with the following objectives:
- To establish standards of international best practice in business format franchising for Australian franchise systems;
- To provide information and education about franchising to existing and potential franchisees and franchisors in Australia;
- To educate Australian state and federal governments on issues relevant to the sector.
- To develop a vital, strong and financially viable Australian franchising sector;
- To advance the interests of members in Australia and in special interest markets such as the international franchise community, Franchise Advisory Councils, Small Business Forums and property leasing organisations (particularly shopping centres).
- To continually foster among Australian consumers, governments and the business community, a broad-based understanding of the economic importance of having a strong franchising sector in Australia.
- To design efficient, identified, value-added services to members and assist them to be more effective in franchising.
Membership of the Franchise Council of Australia is voluntary, and is open to any organisation or individual involved in the franchise sector, including franchisees, franchisors, lawyers, accountants, banks, consultants, academics, and publishers.
The FCA is a nationally incorporated not-for-profit association with its national head office in Melbourne, Victoria. It provides localised member services through five state chapters – one in each mainland state of Australia. Each state chapter elects a president, who is automatically appointed to the national board. A further five national directors are appointed to the board by direct election from the membership, of whom three must be franchisor members, and two directors from any membership category, making a maximum of 10 directors.
The FCA is closely affiliated with franchising associations around the world, and is a founding member of the Asia Pacific Franchise Confederation (APFC). It is also a member of the World Franchise Council (WFC) and for 1999 and 2000 is the secretariat for the World Franchise Council.