Have your say in LPOG submission to the Senate Inquiry into Franchising

Have your say in our submission to the Senate Inquiry into Franchising

On 22 March 2018, the Senate referred an Inquiry into the Operation and Effectiveness of the Franchising Code of Conduct. Given the extent of the inquiry, and the increasingly negative perception of the franchising sector, it is hoped that significant amendments to the Code (and the franchising regulatory framework) may result from the inquiry.

The LPOGroup will be making an evidence-based submission to the Senate Inquiry and will be seeking your input to shape the response. Early next week you will be invited to participate in a survey. The due date for the submission is 4 May which is only in 3 weeks time so its important that you take time out to complete the survey in the short time it will be open to you.

This is our collective opportunity to make a difference!

Senate Inquiry into Franchising Established

Nationals Senator for New South Wales, Senator John Williams, was instrumental in referring the franchise sector to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services for an inquiry and report by the 30 September 2018.

The franchise model had been called into question by mainstream media following high profile instances of franchisee dissatisfaction and failure.


LEEP Meetings - What do they do for you?

The latest round of LEEP meetings is almost concluded in most states and LPOG is seeking feed back on the success, or not, of this program. There are 2 rounds of LEEP meetings each year, with a lot of resources directed towards the process. But does it provide Australia Post and Licensees value for money? The format of the latest round was more focused on providing information to assist Licensees to manage our business resources, but did it do that? Or could it have been more successful? 

LPO Payment Review - Your say Stage 1

LPO Payment reform has commenced and calls for feedback starts here!

HAVE YOU SAY! Please complete the survey by the Thursday 29 March to ensure your feedback gets to PIP

LPOG, since our inception, has been advocating for a complete overhaul of our payment arrangements with Australia Post, as we have little faith the current system, drafted in 1990, and introduced in 1993, before most of the work we do these days was even a thought bubble. It most certainly does not reward Licensees in a commerially sound manner for the work we do.

Finally that overhaul has commenced, and is being undertaken by a professional and collaborative working group that is made up of LPOG, Partners in Performance (PIP), The Accord Group and Australia Post, and it must result in a fairer and more equitable, sound commercially based, payment system for our future viability.

Vulnerable Workers Act and the LPO - Progress Update

Help from some new law

The LPOG continues in its singular endeavour to get more money to Licensees without damaging the brand on which our livelihood depends. 

We identified for members in May 2017 and again in September 2017, some help from an unexpected source: the Federal Parliament.

Lease Negotiation and Information Webinar

ARA Australia Post Members - which is Every LPO

ARA will be holding an Australia Post Lease Negotiation and Information Webinar:

Monday 26th February
2pm (Melb,Syd,Can) time

To register your attendance for the online session click the link below: 

Yes Problem with MMF

If you are concerned about the amount of MMF paid in the Jan POMs, you could be right. It seems there is an error in the calculations or some such part that has resulted in problems with the amount. Not sure if anyone got too much, but LPOG is aware of many that got too little, as is Australia Post.

The Post Master General Returns to the Building

Finally, after a long period of absence Australia Post has a CEO who wants to run the Post Office and deliver the mail. Australia Post's new CEO, Christine Holgate states that Post Offices are an important part of the community, and maintaining a healthy and viable Post Office network is critical to meet the needs of  Australian communities and the government. And mail remains a very important part of our business and should be protected and nurtured. 

So lets get back to selling stamps to put on letters to deliver to the world and growing our business together with the new boss. 

How good is that!

Western Union Scam Compensation Fund

Finally something is being done to allow victims of scams undertaken via this service to seek compensation. If you have customers, or know of any licensees who were caught up in the scam that targeted LPOs, now is the time to take some affirmative actions to try to recover lost funds. We will probably have to convince people that they do not need to send money to WU to lodge these claims also. Won't take the vultures long to think that one up!