Franchising Code of Conduct: exposure draft

Closed 4 Dec 2020

Opened 6 Nov 2020


The Australian Government is introducing changes to the Franchising Code of Conduct in response to the Fairness in Franchising report. These will implement the Government’s Response to the report.

The report identified weaknesses in parts of the franchising sector, which impacted small businesses owners who ran franchises.

To restore confidence and support the sector, the government is proposing changes that will:

  • introduce new measures to protect franchisees
  • improve the information available to franchisees
  • lift franchisor standards of conduct

Consultation documents

We’re seeking views on:

Your feedback will help us:

  • identify any unintended consequences
  • inform the development of the key facts sheet

To help you through the consultation process, see our supporting guide [1.1MB PDF] [136KB DOCX]

What happens next

The submissions received will inform the further drafting of the regulatory amendments to the Franchising Code and the design of the Key Facts Sheet. The final form of amendments will be introduced in early 2021.


  • Small business


  • Small business