Late last year, the South Australian Government commissioned the SA Productivity Commission (SAPC) to undertake an investigation of the merits of introducing real-time fuel price reporting laws. The SAPC, in turn, called for submissions from stakeholders in early 2020 and ACAPMA lodged a submission in February 2020.

The SAPC’s report was completed in March 2020 and can be downloaded at

https://www.sapc.sa.gov.au/commissioned-reports/commissioned-reports/commissioned-report-into-fuel-pricing/report

Earlier this week, ACAPMA received notification that the Government had developed draft legislation for the introduction of a real-time fuel pricing scheme in South-Australia. The Government has decided to implement a compulsory real-time fuel price reporting scheme for a two- year trial period and comes after consideration of the SAPC fuel price report.

A copy of the SAPC’s final report on fuel pricing options can be downloaded at:

“While the SAPC investigation examined the merits of both the NSW Fuel Check Scheme and the WA Fuel Watch laws, the SA Government has developed draft legislation that is consistent with the operation of the NSW Fuel Check Scheme”, said ACAPMA CEO Mark McKenzie

“This scheme will require all SA fuel retailers to register their business and product details with the SA Government and then advise the government of any changes to fuel prices within 30 minutes of making the change, using an electronic reporting system and or phone advisory system”, said Mark

The draft Legislation that will be used to establish the new laws can be downloaded at https://acapmag.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/FAIR-INFORMATION-AMENDMENT-BILL-2020.UN_-2.pdf

The draft regulations that will define how the laws will operate and the penalties for non-compliance can be downloaded at https://acapmag.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Fair-Trading-Fuel-Pricing-Information-Regulations-2020.comment5.pdf

ACAPMA is currently preparing a submission to the draft laws and is required to provide this submission to the SA Government by 13 July 2020.

ACAPMA members are invited to provide input to this process, particularly those fuel retailers operating in South Australia, by contacting the ACAPMA Secretariat by COB on Friday 10 July 2020. Comments can be provided directly by contacting Mark McKenzie via email (Markm@acapma.com.au) or calling Mark on 0447 444 011.

ACAPMA