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. The Code has the force of law and is binding on franchising participants. The Code applies to conduct occurring on or after 1 January 20151 in relation to a franchise agreement entered into, renewed, extended or transferred on or after 1 October 1998. This manual is designed to help you to understand: ? the minimum business conduct and disclosure requirements under the Code ? how to comply with your obligations under the Code ? how to resolve disputes under the Code.