A legal obligation to report selected petroleum and other fuel data commenced on 1 January 2018. Activities such as producing, refining, wholesaling and holding of stocks of oil products such as crude oil, LPG, petrol, diesel, bitumen, lubricants and alternative transport fuels such as biofuel may need to be reported.
Why is mandatory reporting of petroleum data important?
The introduction of mandatory reporting ensures the Australian Petroleum Statistics can continue to be a reliable source of accurate information on the transport fuels market.
The Australian Petroleum Statistics are used by business, government, international organisations and others to monitor the transport fuel market. For example, businesses use the statistics to monitor trends, evaluate market performance and prioritise investment.
The Australian Government uses the statistics to monitor Australia's fuel supply security and compliance with our obligations as a member of the International Energy Agency (IEA).
The Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Act 2017 (the Act) commenced operation on 24 August 2017. The Act is supported by the Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Rules 2017 (the Rules), which came into effect on 15 November 2017. The Rules set out the detailed mandatory reporting requirements for businesses.
The Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Act 2017 and Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Rules 2017 were independently reviewed by Ernst & Young. The purpose of the review was to assess whether the legislation was achieving its policy objectives and to identify areas of improvement. See further information on the review and the government’s response.
What does mandatory reporting mean for my business?
In January 2018 the Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Act 2017 came into effect and made the reporting of fuel data mandatory for Australian businesses meeting the reporting criteria.
From October 2022, reporting is required to be done through the new Liquid Fuels Gateway (LFG). See Australian Petroleum Statistics for guidance on how to use the LFG.
The Australian Government works with affected businesses to help them understand their reporting obligations.
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The mandatory reporting scheme was developed in consultation with the transport fuel sector and other relevant industries. Further information on the consultation process is available below.
Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Rules—Exposure draft, 2017
The Petroleum and Other Fuels Reporting Rules 2017 Exposure Draft was released on 7 June 2017. This consultation closed on 14 July 2017.
Targeted consultation on biofuels, oils, lubricants, greases, waxes, solvents and petroleum coke—discussion papers
The discussion papers, released 24 February 2017, sought additional input from potentially affected stakeholders engaged in activities involving one or more of the covered products: biofuels, base oils, lubricants, greases, waxes, solvents and petroleum coke. This consultation closed on 31 March 2017.
Preferred design for mandatory reporting
Following consultation in 2016, the former Department of the Environment and Energy developed a preferred design for mandatory reporting of petroleum statistics to set out its understanding of how scheme might best work in light of stakeholder feedback and scheme objectives. The paper was released on 20 December 2016 for information only.
Mandatory reporting of petroleum statistics—consultation paper
The consultation paper, released on 15 September 2016, included questions relevant to data users, existing reporters, potential reporters and other businesses active in the petroleum market. The response period closed on 28 October 2016.
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