Driving a fairer deal: regulation of the relationship between car manufacturers and car dealers in Australia

This report primarily considers the impact of GM Holden's decision to cease distributing cars, the broader relationships between car manufacturers and dealers, and the adequacy of the current regulatory regime upon those relationships.

Puppet entrepreneurship: technology and control in franchised industries

This report examines the use of electronic monitoring in franchises and the difference in incentives between franchise models that resemble independent entrepreneurship versus employment. The author argues that franchising provides a useful lens for policymakers to think about how to assign legal rights and responsibilities...

Fairness in franchising

This report recommends an overarching franchising framework that is fair for all participants and which recognises that, in franchising (just like banking and financial services), disclosure alone is an insufficient regulatory response to power imbalances and exploitative behaviour by powerful corporations.
Working paper

Protecting the public interest in Melbourne's rail franchise

This paper aims to identify the issues at stake in rail contract negotiations and to suggest improvements to existing contracts to protect the public interest.

Franchising of Sydney ferries network services

The decision to franchise ferry services on the Sydney Ferries Network is justified, according to this report. Executive summaryScheduled ferry services on the Sydney Ferries Network are provided under the Ferry System Contract managed by Transport for NSW (TfNSW). Harbour City Ferries (HCF), a partnership...

The franchisor compliance manual

Designed to help franchisors to understand their rights and responsibilities under the new Franchising Code of Conduct, which commences on 1 January 2015. Introduction The Franchising Code of Conduct is a mandatory industry code that applies to all of the parties to a franchise agreement...