MTA NSW Welcomes the Government Response to Franchising Inquiry
The Motor Traders’ Association of NSW (MTA NSW) and the Motor Trades Association of Australia (MTAA), have both welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to increase penalties, enhance dispute resolution mechanisms, demand further disclosure requirements, and a range of other actions, which will enhance protections for franchisees.
The changes announced in the formal government response to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services’ ‘Fairness in Franchising’ report will further enhance franchisee protections and put some franchisors on notice to improve engagement and conduct.
MTA NSW CEO, Stavros Yallouridis, said increasing penalties for breaches of provisions of the Franchising Code of Conduct goes someway to addressing MTA NSW calls for significant consequences for those franchisors who pay lip service to obligations and requirements to franchisees.
‘MTA NSW also welcomes enhanced disclosure requirements and increased options for dispute mediation and resolution including the increased involvement of the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman. When combined with the recently enacted Schedule of Amendments specific to car dealers, these changes will further encourage proper dialogue and good faith negotiations leading to improved relationships’ Mr Yallouridis said.
Mr Yallouridis also remarked further work was still required to address outstanding matters that will continue to impact automotive sector industries including improved recognition of goodwill, compensation, tenure, and warranty.
The MTAA CEO, Mr Richard Dudley, commented that the National Body also recognises that some of these concerns relate to continuous improvement to provisions of Australian Consumer Law and the Competition and Consumer Act and MTAA will continue to advocate for ongoing change.
‘Others could be addressed by timely additions and inclusions in the recently enacted schedule of amendments for car dealers. MTAA will continue to urge government, based on the behaviours and actions of some international car manufacturers in recent months, to further enhance compensation principals’, Mr Dudley added.
MTA NSW and the MTAA will also increase representations to urgently include motorcycle and farm machinery dealers in the new schedule given the almost identical concerns of these dealers to those of new car retailing.