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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Cleaning up the franchising sector – car wash franchisor Geowash next on ACCC's list

By Julia Kovarsky, Associate, and David Hunt, Lawyer

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is backing up with decisive action its commitment in this year's Compliance and Enforcement Policy to ensuring small businesses receive the full scope of protection of industry codes, including the Franchising Code of Conduct (the Code). The latest in a string of announcements by the ACCC relating to the franchising sector is that it has commenced action against a national car wash franchisor, Geowash Pty Ltd (Geowash). In doing so, it has again demonstrated its intention to clean up franchising operations. This comes mere weeks after the ACCC obtained penalties from Domino's Pizza and commenced proceedings against Ultra Tune for breaches of the Code (see our earlier articles about Domino's and Ultra Tune).