Examples of our work on franchising

The ACCC creates resources for franchisors and franchisees and conducts compliance checks. We also takes action to enforce the law under our Compliance and Enforcement Policy.

Franchising resources

We create resources for franchisors, franchisees, and anyone thinking about becoming a franchisee. The aim is to help them understand their rights and obligations.

Some of our recently updated resources are:

You can access all our franchising resources online.

Compliance work

We recently looked into disclosure practices in the food franchising sector. Our report Disclosure practices in food franchising summarises the key findings.

  • We conducted targeted compliance checks in 2019 on 12 franchisors from the food services sector.
  • Our checks focused on disclosure of information that we consider important to someone thinking about buying a franchise. This includes former franchisee contact details, supply restriction details, and key unavoidable costs.

Enforcement action

Types of enforcement action we take

Sometimes, the ACCC will take action to enforce competition and consumer laws. There are different things the ACCC can do to enforce laws.

We can:

  • accept an administrative resolution from a franchisor. This is where the franchisor agrees to do, or stop doing, certain things to address concerns that we’ve raised about their conduct
  • accept a court-enforceable undertaking from the franchisor, where the franchisor agrees to do, or not do, certain things. A court can enforce what is agreed

  • issue an infringement notice to the franchisor, if we think the franchisor has breached a penalty provision. We have guidelines on how we use infringement notices. You can view paid infringements on our public register
  • take court action against the franchisor. Ultimately, the court will decide if any laws have been breached.

Examples of enforcement action we have taken

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