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Welcome to Fuel Lines

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Welcome to the first edition of Fuel Lines, our new enewsletter to keep service stations in NSW up to date with NSW Fair Trading’s regulation of the fuel industry.

By now you should have received a letter from the Fair Trading Commissioner outlining your responsibilities under the reforms to NSW biofuels laws. If you haven't received a letter, send us an email.

As highlighted in the Commissioner's letter, and in the Statement of Regulatory Intent available on the Fair Trading website, from 1 January 2017 new rules will apply to service stations for biofuels and fuel price signs.

Statement of Regulatory Intent (PDF size: 180kb)

Changes have been made to the: Biofuels Act 2007 (the Act), Biofuels Regulation (No 2) 2016 and Fair Trading Amendment (Fuel) Regulation 2016 available on the NSW legislation website.

Biofuels Regulation (No 2) 2016 (PDF size: (200kb)
Fair Trading Amendment (Fuel) Regulation 2016 (PDF size: (200kb)
 

You must register with FuelCheck

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The registration requirements under the new laws apply from 1 January 2017 for all service station operators.

The first step in the registration process for operators is to ensure you are registered with FuelCheck.

On 9 January, an initial email notification will be sent to operators we have identified as likely to be volume fuel retailers under the new laws. The email will include a link to the biofuels online forms, where you can check and edit your registration under the Act and check whether all the service stations you operate or control have been correctly linked to your registration.

Volume fuel retailers will be able to access the exemption application form immediately, while the form for submitting a quarterly return will become available in late February.

A similar notification to other operators of service stations who we have not identified as volume fuel retailers will follow. Those operators will also be able to check and edit their registration details, and confirm whether they should be identified as a volume fuel retailer.
 

Compliance with the new Biofuels laws

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Service station operators already regulated under the Biofuels Act 2007 will need to comply with the new laws from 1 January 2017.

Operators who are NOT currently regulated under the Act will be required to comply with the minimum biofuels requirements from 1 April 2017 onwards.

Can I get an exemption?

If you are a volume fuel retailer and you cannot comply with the minimum biofuels requirements, or need more time to comply, you can apply for an exemption.

Exemptions can only be granted by the Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, following review by the Expert Panel. Exemptions often have conditions attached. The Exemptions Framework document, including the Minister's Guidelines to the Expert Panel, has now been published. Read the Biofuels Exemptions Framework and Guidelines on the NSW Fair Trading website for more information on eligibility.

Biofuels Exemptions Framework and Guidelines (PDF size: 133kb)
 

Fuel price signs

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From 1 January 2017, all service stations in NSW must comply with new rules for fuel price signs. This includes the requirement that if E10 is sold, the price must be displayed on the price board.

Visit the Service stations page on our website for more information to ensure that you are compliant.
 

Have a question?

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If you have questions or concerns that you need assistance with, you can email us at:

fuellines@finance.nsw.gov.au
 
fairtrading.nsw.gov.au