Late last year, the SA Government passed legislation that will see the
introduction of licences for all service station operators in South Australia
from 1 January 2020 – with the money collected from these licences to be used
to support EPA enforcement activities targeting site contamination in the fuel
Shortly after the legislation was passed, the South Australian
Government initiated an industry consultation process that involved
consultation with industry bodies, including the establishment of a Petrol
Retailer’s Reference Group which included ACAPMA and the Motor Traders
Association of South Australia. This work was followed by a mail out to all
service station operators in the State.
The industry consultation was completed in August of this year and
resulted in the finalisation of licence fees for scheme registration to
commence on 1 January 2020. In a desire to minimise the financial impact
on smaller operators, the SA EPA developed three-tiered fee system in
consultation with the Petrol Retailer’s Reference Group.
“While our initial stance is always to seek alternatives to fee
based licencing, we were pleased that the senior representatives of the South
Australian EPA engaged in genuine consultation about the structure of the
licence fees, with a view to minimising the impact on small fuel retail
businesses”, said ACAPMA CEO Mark McKenzie
Recently, the South Australian EPA contacted all fuel retailers advising
them of their requirement to apply for a UPSS licence under the new
The South Australia Environment
Protection Authority (EPA) has advised ACAPMA that many retailers have responded
positively to the new requirement to apply for licenses under the Environment
Protection Act 1993, with a steady stream of applications having been
received since the online registration process was announced in October 2019.
Appreciating that this is a
busy time of year, it is important to note that it is important to note that it
will be illegal to operate a petrol station without an EPA licence from 1
“Businesses that have not yet
applied for an EPA licence should therefore apply for a licence as a matter of
priority, to ensure that they have secured a licence prior to the commencement
of the new regulations on 1 January 2020”, said Mark.
Applications for the new EPA Licence can be lodged online via http://www.elf.sa.gov.au/. Further information about the licence can be obtained by calling South Australian EPA officers on (08) 8204 2004 or 1800 623 445 (for country callers); by emailing EPALicensing@sa.gov.au.