Fuel Standard (Petrol) Determination 2001 and the Fuel Standard (Automotive Diesel) Determination 2001

Regulation Impact Statement
Environment Australia, 2001

1. Introduction

The Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000, which received Royal Assent on 21 December 2000, provides the framework for a national fuel quality standards regime. This legislation has been developed in response to an urgent need to address the quality of fuel currently available in Australia. New vehicle emission standards, harmonising Australian standards with international vehicle emission standards, were gazetted in December 1999, and come into force from 2002 to 2006. The quality of fuel in Australia is a key constraint to their introduction.

Fuel quality standards are also needed to better manage those fuel parameters that do not impact directly on vehicle technology, but nevertheless contribute to ambient levels of pollutants identified as posing health or environmental problems.

The first standards to be made under the Act are for petrol and automotive diesel. These were developed in consultation with stakeholders. This RIS examines the proposed standards for petrol and diesel and should be read in conjunction with the RIS provided in the Explanatory Memorandum to the Fuel Quality Standards Bill 2000.