About the Franchise Disclosure Register
The Franchise Disclosure Register (Register) is hosted and administered by the Australian Government’s Department of the Treasury.
The Register has been established to increase franchisor transparency and access to disclosure information and assist prospective franchise buyers to make an informed decision before entering a franchise agreement.
The Register operates in addition to existing disclosure requirements and practices under the Franchising Code of Conduct. Franchisors will still need to provide franchisees with complete disclosure documents.
Other franchising information
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the regulator for the Franchising Code of Conduct.
Enforcement of the Franchising Code of Conduct (including the obligation to register) is undertaken by the ACCC in accordance with the ACCC's Compliance and Enforcement policy.
The ACCC publishes information and guidance about the Franchising Code of Conduct and other laws that apply to franchises, franchisors and businesses in Australia.The ACCC also offers a free online course www.accc.gov.au/buyingafranchise for people thinking about buying a franchise.
Starting a business, a franchise or becoming a franchisee
Business.gov.au is for everyone in the Australian business community, including start-ups, small to medium businesses, family enterprises and business advisers. It also includes further information on franchising at www.business.gov.au/franchising.
The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) can assist in the resolution of franchising disputes by referring the parties to trained mediators and arbitrators with commercial experience located across Australia. Visit the ASBFEO website, email email@example.com or call 1300 650 460.