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A franchise agreement is a legal contract that outlines the rights and obligations of you and your franchisee, and your relationship with them.
Having your franchise agreement reviewed by a solicitor experienced in franchise issues is often an important first step. Allowing for a review can ensure that you’re complying with the Franchising Code of Conduct.
You should also create a franchise operating manual detailing how the franchise is to be run. Getting your agreement and operating manual right can help ensure a successful franchise.
Protecting your Intellectual Property (IP)
Complying with Occupational Health and Safety obligations (OH&S)
As a franchisor, you have OH&S obligations to your franchisees. Your franchise agreement and operating manual need to comply with all OH&S laws and ensure the safety of all people involved in the franchise.
What to do…
- Read the Franchising Code of Conduct to find out what must be in your agreement.
- Consult a business adviser, accountant, solicitor or franchise consultant for advice on setting up your franchise agreement.
- Visit the IP Australia website for more information on your IP rights as a franchisor.
- See our Intellectual property topic.
- See our Occupational health & safety topic for more general OH&S information.