All fuel retailers and fuel wholesalers must soon provide an annual report on the total volumes of all fuel sold in a financial year.

The information collected will be used to assist in the efficient administration of the biofuels mandate and to help determine whether those fuel sellers who are required to meet the mandate have sold the minimum amount of sustainable biobased fuels.

Report requirements

Reporting will need to be undertaken using the online portal which will be available from 1 July 2017.

Fuel sellers must provide the total volumes of fuel sold at each of the fuel seller’s fuel facilities in each calendar quarter of the last financial year.  As the mandate only began on 1 January 2017, the first annual report will be for the period 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2017.

Those fuel sellers who submitted a quarterly report for January 2017 to March 2017 will not need to provide the same data again.

All fuel sellers must submit an annual report even if they fall under the threshold for the mandate, have submitted an exemption application, or have been granted an exemption from the mandate.

All reports are due by 31 July and penalties may apply to fuel sellers who fail to provide a report.

Keep your business details up to date

All fuel sellers must notify the Chief Executive of any change to the fuel seller’s registration information within one month of the change.

To meet your obligations as a fuel seller, outline updated details to your registration information in an email to the Chief Executive of the Department of Energy and Water Supply (DEWS) and send to biofuels@dews.qld.gov.au.

Information submitted through the quarterly and annual reporting processes will also be taken to be updates to your registration information.

Next steps for fuel sellers

You need to:

  • Prepare to submit annual reports between 1 and 31 July 2017 via a secure online portal.
  • If you are a liable fuel seller, take all reasonable steps to sell the required amount of biofuels.  If you cannot sell the mandated amount, consider applying for an exemption as soon as possible.
    • Read the exemption guideline and complete an application which clearly documents your situation and the steps you have taken and intend to take to meet the mandate.
    • Retrospective exemption applications should explain why the application was not submitted earlier.

Do you need more information? Visit the Queensland Government’s fuel seller requirements webpage.  It includes further information on the biofuels mandate including a calculator to help understand your ethanol sales percentage.

Questions? Contact the Department of Energy and Water Supply via 13 43 87 or email biofuels@dews.qld.gov.au.