«The Morrison government is committed to supporting effective and fair reforms to the franchising sector,» she said. «The taskforce has been established and is operational.»
The government’s move means the franchising sector will be set for an overhaul whichever party wins the May 18 election after Labor already pledged to urgently establish a taskforce if elected. A well placed source said the government’s taskforce would meet this week.
Rampant underpayment, unfair contracts and an imbalance of power between franchisees and franchisors are some of the commonly raised issued.
The taskforce will co-ordinate a whole of government response to the report recommendations and oversee consultation, industry engagement and contributions from relevant portfolios.
The taskforce will be co-chaired by the Department of Jobs and Small Business and the Department of Small Business.
Other agencies including the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the Department of the Environment and Enery and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science will be co-opted as needed.
The government had been under pressure to back the inquiry’s bipartisan recommendations.
Nationals Senator John Williams, who is not standing for re-election, on Monday had called for the report to be addressed swiftly.
«I hope this report does not just sit on the bench and gather dust,» he said.
Cara is the small business editor for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald based in Melbourne