Franchising is a complex system that is well governed within Australia. Please find below a list of franchising resources to help you understand the industry better and find out the specific information you need.
The Peak Body for Australian Franchising
The Franchise Council of Australia was established in 1983 as a not-for-profit trade association committed to formulating best practice in the industry and educating franchisees, franchisors and governments on issues relevant to the industry. As the franchising industry’s peak body, the FCA continues to work to ensure the broader community of franchisees, franchisors, employees and local economies benefit from the franchise system.
The Principle Revenue Collection Agency of the Australia Government
Running a franchise business is slightly different from running a small business, and as such there are a different set of tax requirements and regulations for both franchisors and franchisees. Visit the ATO for any information regarding tax within the franchise system.
Australia’s Competition Regulator and National Consumer Law Champion
The ACCC ensures that individuals and businesses alike comply with Australian competition, fair trading and consumer protection laws, and offers useful information regarding franchising. They sponsor free franchise training for prospective franchisees while also providing advice on franchise agreements, ending a franchise agreement, resolving franchising disputes, acting in good faith, and franchising penalties and infringements.
Intellectual Property Australia
IP Australia is the Australian Government agency to administer intellectual property rights and legislation relating to patents, trademarks and designs. IP Australia is a highly useful resource, providing advice to both franchisors and franchisees on the use and importance of intellectual property within the franchising system.
Fair Work Australia
The Australian Fair Work Ombudsman provides advice around workplace rights and obligations. This is a useful resource for both franchisors and franchisees. Failing to meet workplace obligations can have serious implications on an employer, and if the employer is a part of a franchise this can have an effect on the whole brand.