The Australian Government regulates the quality of petrol and diesel sold in Australia. Poor fuel quality can damage the environment, vehicles and our health.
Our fuel quality standards seek to:
The Australian fuel industry and fuel suppliers must meet legislative requirements:
Our department, together with the National Measurement Institute:
We are reviewing the fuel quality standards to investigate improvements that could be made to the quality of fuel supplied in Australia from 2024. This review will consider creating standards that are aligned with international standards.
The Act doesn’t cover consumer protections. Our department cannot assist with compensation claims or other alleged consumer issues, like damages or loss caused by poor fuel quality.
State and territory governments are responsible for consumer complaints and compensation claims resulting from fuel that:
Contact your consumer affairs regulator if you have purchased fuel that you believe has damaged your vehicle:
You can contact us if you suspect fuel:
We consider your complaints in our fuel monitoring program. Contact your state or territory consumer affairs regulator for compensation claims.
Email LF.firstname.lastname@example.org to make a fuel quality complaint. Please include details about the date, supplier, location and fuel type. We keep your information private.
Under the Act we monitor fuel quality at a range of sites and locations across the national fuel supply chain. We also monitor fuel suppliers who have received consumer complaints.
Our inspectors may visit a fuel supplier at any time, and on any day of the week to:
The National Measurement Institute also regulates the wholesale and retail sale of liquid fuels. Read about business obligations under trade measurement law when selling liquid fuels.
We cannot share information about fuel monitoring activities, including fuel testing results. We do have authority under the Act to share this information with other government agencies. This assists with administrating and enforcing taxation and consumer protection laws.
The fuel quality standards apply Australia-wide. States and territories can set their own standards in addition to the Australian standards.
The standards for each fuel type are described in determinations. The determinations outline parameter specifications, compliance timeframes (if applicable), and test methods for compliance purposes.
The petrol fuel standard describes the parameters of our two most common grades of petrol, Research Octane Number (RON) 91 and RON 95.
Some additives are not included in this standard:
Potential importers or manufacturers of these (and other) additives should contact the Australian Industrial Chemicals Introduction Scheme to determine if the additive is allowed to be used in Australia.
The diesel fuel standard describes automotive diesel, renewable diesel and synthetic diesel.
The biodiesel fuel standard describes diesel derived from plant and/or animal matter.
The autogas fuel standard describes liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) suitable for motor vehicles.
Petrol sold in Australia may contain up to 10 per cent ethanol (‘E10’).
The Ethanol E85 fuel standard describes a fuel blend consisting of 70–85 per cent ethanol and 15–30 per cent petrol.
Under the Act, you must complete an annual statement if:
Section 13 of the Act allows the Minister (or delegate) to approve the supply of a fuel that varies from the standard. The variation can only apply in specific instances and for a limited time only.
Read about applying for a fuel quality standard variation.
Last updated: 5 May 2022
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