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The Oil Stewardship Advisory Council (OSAC), held its inaugural meeting in Parliament House on Tuesday 27 February. A list of attendees is attached.
Much of the meeting was necessarily administrative in nature, as the Council established its operating parameters. However, OSAC also took significant steps towards defining its key objectives and strategies, consistent with its functions as set out in the Product Stewardship (Oil) Act 2000.
Environment Australia and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) provided information on the background to, and operation of, the Product Stewardship Arrangements, and advice on progress with the implementation of those arrangements. The ATO noted that take-up of the benefits by recyclers in the first month was relatively low, but that this is likely to be due to start-up effects. They will aim to increase take-up in future months by providing more information to oil recyclers.
OSAC noted that Environment Australia has had a very strong response to the call for Expressions of Interest for Transitional Assistance projects, and that it is in the process of assessing and analysing those bids for the Minister's (Senator Robert Hill) consideration. Whilst OSAC agreed that its examination of specific projects would not be appropriate, the Council can play a valuable role in identifying gaps in those bids, or other barriers to the success of the PSA that need to be addressed. As such, at the next meeting, OSAC will be provided with a consolidated report of potential Transitional Assistance projects. This report will be fully mindful of commercial-in-confidence considerations.
The Council spent some time examining strategic issues and identified some significant data gaps that need to be filled. In particular, the Council noted that there are large gaps in current data on oil recycling, relating to such matters as the quantity and spatial distribution of 4 and 5 litre packs (the 'do-it-yourself' market), and where pockets of waste oil remain uncollected for reasons of cost/isolation. OSAC has requested that EA report to it on possible means of overcoming problems of incomplete or inadequate data.
Other matters under discussion included the philosophy of the differentiated benefit rates and how successful this may prove in driving waste oil derived products further up the value chain, and the high standard that has been placed on the 'lube-to-lube' oil before it is eligible to receive the 50 cent/litre benefit.
The next OSAC meeting is set down for Monday 23 April in Adelaide.
Mike Williamson (Chair)
Patrick Colmer (for Mark Jackson)
Gary O'Connor (for Alan Feely)
Graeme Marshall (Environment Australia)
Donna Bond (Environment Australia observer)
Carolyn Gresele (Secretariat officer)