Any organisation or individual who is involved in the Australian franchise industry can voluntarily become a member of the Franchise Council of Australia. This includes franchisees, franchisors, lawyers, accountants, banks, consultants, academics and other franchise suppliers.
The FCA does its part in making the Australian franchise sector a sustainable place to work by offering advice on best practice franchising, contributing to government policies, promoting franchising in the media and providing educational services to their members.
FCA members belong to an association where their peers work together for the betterment of the sector, a common method of doing business, not a common business itself. Members of the Franchise Council of Australia are part of a unique association where business lessons, experience and information are shared freely.
Information shared between members can be so important that it alone can repay the member ship fees.
Benefits of being a Franchise Council of Australia member
Membership benefits with the FCA are both tangible and intangible. The strong foundations set by the four pillars of the FCA stem from our members, they include:
- Membership Services
What does it mean to be a member of the FCA?
- Credibility – This is maintained through our member standards and the Franchising Code of Conduct
- Professional Support – Through education programs, networking opportunities and regular events
- Representation – ensuring your voice is heard by governments and regulators
FCA membership is an essential component in creating and maintaining successful franchising system. Many well established franchisor members of the FCA acknowledge that it is in their best interests to maintain the good name of the franchising industry. Many of whom are happy to provide “mentoring” advice to newer systems coming through.
The Franchise Council of Australia welcomes franchisees to become involved in the larger issues affecting the franchise sector, either through their franchise systems membership or through their own personal membership. The FCA can provide recommendations to service providers such as accountants, banks, lawyers, consultants etc. Many franchisees join the FCA to maintain and develop their professional skills in franchising along with the networking benefits which opens up many new and exciting opportunities.