The new biofuels laws introduced in Queensland and NSW that took effect on 1 January 2017 require that eligible fuel retailers lodge electronic forms detailing their fuel sales over the prior quarter.

In QLD, fuel retailers that operate 10 or more sites – or operate any site that sells more than 2ML of petrol (all grades) per annum – are required to lodge their quarterly sales report for the period 1 January 2017 to 31 March 2017 by 30 April 2017.

Fuel retailers that may have secured an exemption from the mandate are still required to lodge a quarterly report.

The Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply (DEWS) has set up an online webpage for lodgement of all quarterly reports. This online portal can be accessed via the following link: https://forms.business.gov.au/smartforms/landing.htm?formCode=QldGov15-QFS-2017Q1.

Any inquiries in respect of these reporting obligations can be made by contacting the Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply (DEWS) on 13 43 87 or by emailing biofuels@dews.qld.gov.au.

In NSW, volume fuel retailers are required to lodge their reports via the online reporting system by 1 May 2017. These reports must detail fuel sales for the period between 1 January 2017 and 31 March 2017.

Volume fuel retailers are defined as those retailers who exceed the volume threshold outlined in the Biofuels legislation. That is, fuel retailers who operate fuel sites that sell more than 3.6ML of petrol and diesel per annum.

Affected fuel retailers will have received email notification from NSW Fair Trading of their requirement to report. The email included an electronic web link to the reporting website.

Interestingly, the nature of the reporting framework has been changed by Fair Trading NSW without any reference to industry.

ACAPMA has raised concerns about these changes and is awaiting feedback from NSW Fair Trading on these concerns.

In the meantime, Fuel retailers are therefore encouraged to contact NSW Fair Trading if the changes that have been made to the reporting framework are likely to result in a delay to the lodgement of their return.

NSW Fair Trading can be contacted on 13 32 20.

Any member that experiences problems in relation to their dealings with either NSW Fair Trading or QLD Department of Energy and Water Supply in respect of their reporting obligations is encouraged to contact the ACAPMA Secretariat on 1300 160 270 or email markm@acapma.com.au.

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