Franchise Council of Australia

About the FCA

About the FCA

The Franchise Council of Australia is the peak body for the $184billion franchise business segment, which includes 1,344 networks, with 98,000+ individual franchised outlets, employing more than 598,000 people.

In Australia today, there is a franchise operating in almost every type of business category, with varying levels of complexity and market share, creating employment and prosperity for the nation.

The FCA provides a platform for franchisors, franchisees, business advisors and small to medium businesses to influence government policy, communicate with political leaders and key decision makers, network with peers and engage in policy debates.

FCA Objectives

  • To establish standards of international best practice for Australian franchise systems.
  • To provide information and education to existing and potential franchisees and franchisors.
  • To inform State and Federal Governments on issues relevant to the sector.
  • To develop a vital, strong and financially viable franchising sector.
  • To advance the interests of members in Australia, the international franchise community, franchise advisory councils, small business forums, and property leasing organisations (particularly shopping centres).

CEO & Board

Mary Aldred commenced as the Chief Executive Officer of the Franchise Council of Australia in April 2018. Mary has a lifelong connection to small business, growing up in a family-run small business in regional Victoria.

Prior to commencing at the FCA, Mary served as the inaugural CEO of the Committee for Gippsland from 2011 to 2018.

Mary has also served on a number of boards and government advisory committees including as a director on LifeLine Gippsland, Latrobe Regional Hospital, and as a member of the Victorian Women’s Corrections Ministerial Advisory Committee, the Victorian Responsible Gambling Ministerial Advisory Committee, and the Gippsland Tertiary Education Council.

Mary is a former Chair and current member of the Hawks Young Executive Committee, and a member of Federation University Business School’s Industry Advisory Board. Mary is a 2018 winner of the Australian Financial Review’s Boss Magazine Young Executive of the Year.

Chief Executive Syndicate

A peer support network for CEOs, MDs and GMs of Australian franchise companies

This is the only CEO organisation in Australia which specialises in the world of franchising. It is run under the auspices of the peak body which represents more than 500 of the major franchisors and their franchisees in this country.

“I joined the Sydney CES as an inaugural member and have found the group to be of great benefit. The CES group provides a framework for confidential discussions, whereby your non-competitive peers are able to share their thoughts openly”
Brendan Green, Hire a Hubby
“Learning from those that are fulfilling industry best-practice has been incredibly beneficial for me. To be able to see the thought processes and strategic vision that other members have for how they grow their businesses within their industries has been enlightening.”
Evan Foster, United Franchise Group

Women in Franchising

The Women in Franchising (WIF) Committee is a special interest group of the FCA. Its aims include promoting the success of women in franchising within the franchise sector and to the broader Australian business community.

Hall of Fame

Members of the Hall of Fame are chosen for their outstanding contribution to franchising – whether as franchisor, franchisee, academic, consultant, politician, financier or bureaucrat.

Nominations are called each year, with any new inductees announced at the FCA Excellence in Franchising Awards Gala Dinner at the conclusion of the National Franchise Convention.

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