Automotive franchising draft regulations 2020

Closed 13 Mar 2020

Opened 14 Feb 2020


In early 2019, the department ran a consultation examining the relationship between new car dealers and manufacturers who are subject to the Franchising Code of Conduct, a mandatory code of conduct under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010.

The process led to the refinement of the policy options. The final Regulation Impact Statement are attached below.

We are now consulting interested stakeholders on the draft regulations which will be implemented as an amendment to the code of conduct. The draft regulations are attached below.


We welcome your feedback on the Exposure Draft Regulation to help us gather evidence to refine the text of the Regulation. Submissions can be submitted by following the link below.

What Happens Next

We will review all responses in order to finalise the Regulations for making in early 2020.


  • SMEs – Automotive/ vehicle design and manufacturing industries
  • Large Enterprises – Automotive/ vehicle design and manufacturing industries
  • Universities – Engineering, Automotive
  • Technology institutions – Engineering, Automotive
  • Car manufacturers
  • Car distributors
  • New car dealers
  • Industry representatives of motor vehicle dealers
  • Car manufacturers or distributors
  • Franchisees
  • Franchisors


  • Franchise agreements
  • New car dealership agreements