Late last week, the Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply (DEWS) issued a communique to all fuel sellers about the legal requirement for affected fuel retailers to submit their first quarterly report under the State’s new biofuels laws.

A copy of the communique can be found here (http://acapmag.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Qld-biofuels-mandate-update-3-March-2017.pdf).

Under the new laws, every business that retails or wholesales fuel in Queensland was legally required to register their business details with the State Government in May of last year. Those that have not yet registered should immediately contact DEWS on 13 43 87.

“if there are businesses that did not receive the email communique last week, there is a good chance that there is a problem with their registration details and they should contact DEWS as soon as possible”, said ACAPMA CEO Mark McKenzie.

The new biofuels laws require that all businesses that operate more than 10 retail sites, or operate individual sites that sell more than more than 500,000 litres of petrol (all grades) per quarter, submit quarterly reports to the State Government.

“The quarterly reports must be submitted between 1 April 2017 and 30 April 2017 to ensure compliance with the new laws”, said Mark

The Queensland Government will set up an online portal to make reporting easier. This portal will be available at www.dews.qld.gov.au and will be operational from 1 April 2017.

“Regardless of whether you have submitted an exemption application or not, all fuel sellers subject to the new biofuels laws (i.e. fuel retailers and fuel wholesalers) must submit a quarterly report by 30 April 2017”, said Mark.

“The only businesses not required to submit a quarterly report are those with less than 10 sites – none of which sell more than 500,000 litres of petrol per quarter”, Mark continued.

All fuel wholesalers are also required to submit a quarterly report in accordance with the requirements of the legislation.

Which fuel businesses are affected by the new QLD Biofuels Laws?

  • Any fuel retail business operating more than 10 retail sites.
  • Any retail business with less than 10 sites but has one or more sites that sell more than 500,000 litres of petrol (all grades) in a calendar quarter
  • All fuel wholesale businesses

How much biofuel must be sold?

  • Fuel retailers are required to sell 3% of ethanol as a proportion of all regular unleaded petrol sales. Given that ethanol is sold in a 10% blend with petrol (i.e. E10), this means that E10 sales must account for at least 30% of regular unleaded and E10 sales combined
  • Fuel wholesalers are required to sell a minimum of 0.5% of biodiesel by volume of all diesel sold into the wholesale market

Who must lodge a quarterly report?

  • Only the fuel businesses affected by the new QLD Biofuels laws are required to provide a quarterly report to the government (All other businesses will be required to lodge an annual report in July of each year).
  • It is important to note that affected businesses are required to lodge a quarterly report regardless of the status of any exemption application that may have been made.

When is the quarterly report due?

  • The first quarterly report (i.e. covering all sales between 1 January 2017 and 31 March 2017) is due by 30 April 2017.

How do I lodge a quarterly report?

  • The Quarterly report can be lodged via an online portal that will be made available via dews.qld.gov.au from 1 April 2017.

Further Information

Further information on the Queensland Biofuels mandate can be obtained by calling 13 43 87 or by emailing your inquiry to biofuels@dews.qld.gov.au.