CKE Restaurants Holdings will expand the presence of its Carl’s Jr. chain throughout Australia thanks to a master franchise agreement with CJ's QSR (Franchise) Group Pty. Ltd.

The partnership marks an extension of CKE Restaurants' acceleration of international growth following the opening of its 1,000th international restaurant earlier this year in Spain.

Since introducing Carl's Jr. to Australia in 2016 in Bateau Bay, New South Wales, the brand has grown to nearly 30 restaurants throughout Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales. The chain plans to expand its footprint in Australia with an additional 27 restaurants in the coming year with a goal of opening 200 restaurants over the next 10 years.