Franchise Council of Australia

Jason Gehrke, Chairman of the Franchise Council of Australia (FCA) has the answer to these questions, and more. His organisation acts as the peak body for the Australian franchise sector and represents franchisees, franchisors and related service providers. The not-for-profit trade association strives to establish standards of international best practice for Australian franchise systems; provide information and education about franchising; and educate state and federal governments on issues relevant to the franchise sector.

A Focus on Franchising

Dairy Farmers Milk Cooperative

“Nine hundred million litres of milk [and] 600 farmers carry weight at the negotiating table,” Executive Officer Greg Griffith explains. “We use that collective might to get better terms.”

Collective Power

Australian Security Industry Association Ltd

This is, after all, not the business of spying and secret agents; security is better defined by the association in terms of its members, who are involved in electronics (manufacture and installation of access controls such as swipe cards, surveillance cameras, alarms, biometrics, airport baggage and passenger screening);

Safety First

Safe Harbour

The vast majority of boats are stored in the home; perhaps surprisingly, only around 80,000 of nearly one million recreational boats are stored in the 350-plus marinas that dot the coasts of Australia (a large majority of all boats in the country are trailed to and from the water).

Marina Industries Association of Australia

Keeping Our Workers Safe

Safe Work Australia is an Australian Government statutory agency established in 2009 to improve work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements around the country. The agency is an inclusive, tripartite body representing the interests of the Commonwealth, states and territories as well as workers and employers in Australia and is jointly funded by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments.

Safe Work Australia

Turning Contacts into Contracts

In a mere three years, AIMSC (Australian Indigenous Minority Supplier Council) has charted exceptional growth in incorporating both members and suppliers into its vision of a sustainable venture for the Indigenous enterprise sector.


Empowering Australia’s Entrepreneurs

Australia has a rich tradition of entrepreneurialism, with its small business sector today encompassing a diverse range of businesses from farming, retailing, manufacturing, trades work, and home based initiatives. Unfortunately, what is rarely spoken of is the high level of failure and personal tragedy often involved in the creation and operation of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Small Business Association

Advocating Change

A change would do us all good, according to Gary Black, executive director of the National Retail Association. He is in no doubt that the current government is no friend of the shopkeeper and that its removal would be a good thing.

National Retail Association

Innovative Travel

Eighteen years ago the Corporate Travel Management (CTM) team set out to provide an alternative to the impersonal, one-solution-fits-all travel management companies clogging the market. “Ten years ago every large company in Australia that wanted to use a travel manager was stuck with four or five global players,” CTM Founder and CEO Jamie Pherous reports.

Corporate Travel Management

The Association of Manufacturing Excellence

The Association of Manufacturing Excellence (AME) started in America as a movement to promote operational excellence in the manufacturing industry. When word reached Australia about the organisation, a grass roots movement headed by a handful of manufacturers interested in business improvement was born. As local interest grew, the group approached the North American AME and arranged an Australian chapter.

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Making Sense of Management

Management is the art, or science, of getting things done through people. Sounds fairly straightforward – except for the fact that people are not robots waiting to do our bidding. People have their own minds, motivations, and goals. So how do managers keep operations – and the people behind them – running as planned?

January 18, 2019, 3:34 AM AEDT