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Petrol and Diesel Price Commitment


Petrol and Diesel Price Commitment

As announced in its policy for the last election, Tax Reform: Not a New Tax, A New

Tax System the Government will be reducing excise on petrol and diesel at the time of

the commencement of GST on 1 July.

For business (which gets a credit for GST) this means the cost of petrol and diesel

will fall by about 10 per cent. For consumers this means that prices need not rise as a

result of GST.

To ensure that this applies in non-metropolitan and remote areas the Government will be

introducing a new grants system targeted at consumers in these areas. The Fuel Sales

Grants Bill 2000, to be introduced into Parliament this week, will allow a tiered grant

system to be paid to retailers of petrol and diesel.

A grant will be paid for sales to consumers in non-metropolitan areas with a higher

rate of grant provided for sales in remote areas. Petrol and diesel prices are generally

higher in non-metropolitan and remote areas compared with metropolitan areas. The grants

scheme will help address the divergence in fuel prices between the cities and regional


The Government will continue to monitor fuel prices in the lead up to 1 July 2000 to

set the grant rates. Details on entitlement to the grant scheme, including the mechanism

for determining non-metropolitan and remote areas, along with the grant rates will be

prescribed in the regulations to the legislation.

Retailers of petrol and diesel will be expected to pass on to consumers the benefit of

the grant. To assist in this process the grant will be prescribed under the Price

Exploitation legislation administered by the Australian Competition and Consumer

Commission (ACCC). The ACCC will carefully monitor petrol and diesel prices to ensure that

retailers comply with this legislation.

Compliance costs for fuel retailers will be minimal. To receive the grant, fuel

retailers will need to register with the Australian Taxation Office and maintain records

including sales volumes. Grants will be paid to retailers in advance to avoid cash flow

difficulties. The scheme will be considerably simpler in its operation than the fuel

rebate systems operating in the States which are delivered to fuel wholesalers.

The scheme is expected to cost around $500 million over the next four years and will

provide major benefits to users of petrol and diesel in remote and non-metropolitan areas.

This is in addition to the significant fall in fuel costs to businesses in these areas

under tax reform, due to the availability of GST input tax credits, the expansion of the

diesel fuel rebate scheme and the introduction of the diesel and alternative fuel grant


  • The new on-road Diesel and Alternative Fuel Grants scheme, combined with the other

    changes in the New Tax System, will cut the cost of fuel used in many transport vehicles

    by about 24 cents a litre.

  • The existing off-road Diesel Fuel Rebate Scheme will be extended and with the New Tax

    System changes will take about 44 cents a litre off the cost of fuel for rail and marine

    transport as well as primary production.

  • The New Tax System will also cut the cost of both petrol and diesel for all registered

    businesses by about 10 per cent.


11 April 2000

Contact: Niki Savva

(02) 6277 7340