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Franchise relationships between distributors and new car dealers

This consultation process has now been completed. Submissions available
Date
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Consultation Type
Impact Statement

Key Documents

This document was authored by the then Department of Industry, Innovation and Science as part of the Small Business portfolio policy functions which have since been transferred to the Treasury.

The relationship between new car dealers and manufacturers are subject to the Franchising Code of Conduct, a mandatory code of conduct under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

New car dealers have raised concerns about the fairness of the franchise arrangements with their car manufacturer franchisors, suggesting that the Franchising Code of Conduct is insufficient.

We have developed a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) canvassing possible responses to address new car dealers’ franchising concerns. We will use the feedback obtained through this consultation process to inform development of advice to the Government.

We will also hold a roundtable in Canberra with industry representatives and schedule one-on-one meetings with stakeholders. Please email us if you wish to meet.

We welcome your feedback on the RIS to help us gather evidence to evaluate the potential solutions.

Submit your comments online or, alternatively, you can send them by email or mail. Contact details can be found in the RIS.

We will review all responses in order to develop a final RIS and advice for Government on possible actions.

Submissions

3 submissions were received for this consultation.