The downstream petroleum industry is facing a raft of regulatory and legislative challenges over the next 12 months or so, and ACAPMA is working hard to ensure that members are not only kept abreast, but the views of our industry are taken into account in the finalisation of these agendas.

According to CEO Mark McKenzie, three of the more significant issues facing our industry concern the Australian Government’s response to the Harper Competition Review, the future of energy security policy and the likely impact of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal’s consideration of a Draft Order for the transportation of Oil, Fuel and Gas.

ACAPMA has been working hard to represent members’ interests in all these major issues, and the upcoming National Conference & Expo provides an ideal opportunity to update members on the progress of each of these issues.

“Given this year’s conference theme is ‘Changing the Dynamics’, it was important to address the major issues ahead,” Mark said.

“Changes are afoot across a number of areas and it’s vital that independent operators are not only heard amongst the crowd, but they have the opportunity to influence the outcome.”

To that end, a highlight of the national conference will be a plenary session on the Changing Legislative Landscape, featuring three key thought leaders to speak on these issues.

Michael Joyce, from worldwide legal firm Norton Rose Fulbright is an expert in the field of global energy markets and will address delegates on the future of Australia’s fuel security.

“The issues of port facilities, terminal infrastructure and pipeline access has been high on the agenda for ACAPMA for many years. Getting this right in the future covers off on many pressing issues, such as International Energy Agency obligations on stock holding,” Mark said.

“More so, it could lead to a fundamental change in the competitive structure of the petroleum industry to the benefit of the Australian economy. We don’t need fuel independence, but rather interdependence.”

Joining Michael is Jos De Bruin, CEO of the Master Grocers Association, who is intimately family with the Harper Review on Competition, especially the controversial subject of the effects test.

“While the big end of town wants the effects test dropped, doing so may sound the death knell for small, independently owned operators,” Mark said.

“I look forward to Jos’s take on this controversial issue.”

Rounding off the trio is Michael Kaine, National Assistant Secretary for the Transport Workers Union, who will address delegates in relation to the Draft RSRT Order for Fuel, Oil and Gas. Delegates will leave the session with a deeper understanding of the motivations, approaches and concerns of the TWU in approaching this subject and sector of the transport industry.

“This is a hot button topic for the industry and understanding all aspects of the issue and all sides of the conversation is of benefit to the union, the industry and regulators. We are delighted that Michael has agreed to speak to the conference on this important area,” Mark said.

The ACAPMA National Conference & Expo will be held at the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort and Spa from September 22-25. For more information or to book a delegate pass, please visit the dedicated conference website.