For all those in Melbourne on the 25th to 27th October, there is an Investment, Property & Franchising Expo on at Jeff's Shed. You can find more info at http://www.ausexhibit.com.au .They have free seminars at the expo and you may pickup some useful info but watch out for the sharks.
I attended the Brisbane Franchising and Business Opportunities Expo yesterday and came away absolutely overloaded with information!! Obviously there were many franchise businesses represented there but there were also many advisory groups (eg. ACCC, Franchise Council, solicitors firms etc) which I found to be extremely helpful!
I also attended a few of the seminars which were brief but gave a good introduction to franchising.