Ethanol Labelling Standard
Fuel suppliers who supply petrol containing ethanol must comply with the Fuel Quality Information Standard (Ethanol) Determination 2003 (labelling standard). The labelling standard is in place to inform consumers that the fuel they are purchasing contains ethanol.
It is an offence under section 12A of Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 (the Act) to supply fuel that does not comply with fuel quality information standards. The Australian Government capped the level of ethanol that can be added to petrol at 10% in July 2003. This was the result of vehicle testing that showed petrol containing ethanol blends of 20% or more may cause engine problems in some older vehicles.
A requirement to label ethanol blend petrol was introduced in 1 March 2004 and amended in January 2006 to simplify the labelling standard.
- Fuel Quality Information Standard (Ethanol) Determination 2003
- Fuel Quality Information Standard (Ethanol) Amendment Determination 2005 (No. 1)
An ethanol labelling information sheet summarising the obligations of fuel suppliers is available and is provided for information only. For a complete understanding of the obligations of fuel suppliers, reference should be made to the ethanol labelling standards and legal advice should be sought if necessary.
An awareness campaign has been launched for suppliers of ethanol blends. Fuel pump labels are also available for fuel suppliers. These labels can be used to advise consumers and use the words 'This fuel contains up to 10% ethanol'. To obtain labels, write to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us your postal address and the number of labels you require.
- Ethanol blend labelling requirements - information sheet
- Are you selling ethanol blends? Don't keep it a secret! - awareness campaign
At service stations
All pumps dispensing ethanol blend petrol must clearly display one of the following:
- the words 'Contains up to x% ethanol' (where x is no less than the percentage of ethanol in the petrol); or
- the words 'Contains y% ethanol' (where y is the percentage of ethanol in the petrol).
At other places of retail supply
If an ethanol blend is supplied other than from a service station, the buyer must be given a document that prominently includes the same words as above that must be displayed for ethanol blends sold at service stations.
If the buyer is present when the ethanol blend is supplied, the words must appear on each container of ethanol blend so that the words can easily be read by the buyer.
Supply of ethanol blend to retailer
If an ethanol blend is supplied to a retailer, at the time of supply the retailer must be given a document that prominently displays:
- a statement that the ethanol blend may contain up to and including 10% ethanol; and
- a statement that the ethanol blend is the subject of the Fuel Quality Information Standard (Ethanol) Determination 2003.
The information contained on this page is of a general nature only and should be read in conjunction with the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000, Fuel Quality Standards Regulations 2001, Fuel Quality Information Standard (Ethanol) Determination 2003, and the Fuel Standard (Petrol) Determination 2001. Fuel suppliers may wish to seek legal advice about their obligations under this legislation.
Developing a B20 fuel quality standard
Submissions are currently being considered in the development of a position paper outlining the proposed B20 standard and labelling requirements for B20 fuel.