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Australia Updates Franchise Code to Include Good Faith

Fireworks over Sydney Harbor and the Opera House
Fireworks over Sydney Harbor and the Opera House. Photo by Joseph Younis

After a number of media stories about abusive franchising practices, Australia has set in motion major changes to its federal franchise law. Some American franchisee advocates are in awe.

Ripoll Pushes Good Faith and Penalties

The push for franchise reform in Australia began almost 10 years ago and today major ground has been made with the anticipated introduction of good faith obligations and penalties.

Australia Inquires into Regulating Franchising

This article provides some preliminary assessment of the submissions to the 2013 review of the regulation of the franchising sector in Australia. This review was scheduled after the last series of amendments were made to the Franchising Code of Conduct in 2010.

Submissions to Latest Australian Inquiry Now Available

73 submissions that have been made to the Wein inquiry from a wide range of the franchise spectrum, including individuals, corporations, lawyers and academics, are now available on-line through the followng link: 

Franchise Complaints To ACCC Rocket

At a time when the performance of Australia’s Franchising Code of Conduct is under review the ACCC has released a damning report on the level of complaints they have received.

Australian Franchise Code Review and Good Faith

In the midst of the post Christmas/New Year frenzy the Australian Minister for Small Business quietly announced the commencement of a review of the Franchising Code of Conduct with little time for submissions.

Bakers Delight: A Decade of Destruction

Bakers DelightUnder current Australian law the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ability to act against rogue franchising is severely limited. With a 2013 federal election due there is little likelihood that the 2009 promise to review the Franchising Code of Conduct will be kept.

Regulating Franchising, Part 2

Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
The U.S. Capitol Building from Pennsylvania Avenue. photo/bmm

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Associate Professor Elizabeth Crawford Spencer discusses why a revision of franchise regulation is necessary in this final part of her two-part interview. Spencer's timely book comes out as major legislation to curb franchising abuse has emerged from New England to California, from Canada's Manitoba to South Australia.

Regulator Warns of Franchisors Making False Claims

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned that the number of franchisors making false earnings claims is on the rise.

Court Enforced 15 Year Ban From Business

It is a first; the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission obtained court orders barring a person from managing companies. And with a bonus $450,000 civil pecuniary penalty.