For the first time this year, the price of 98-octane petrol has comfortably exceeded $2.00 per litre at some Sydney service stations (with Coles Express Canley Vale, Carlingford, and Campbelltown charging 205.9 cents per litre as of 1 October 2021).
According to online aggregator FuelPrice Australia, the average price for 98 octane currently sits at 172 cents per litre in NSW, 171 cents per litre in Victoria, and 174 cents per litre in Queensland.
The average price of 91 octane petrol sits at 151 cents per litre in NSW, 149 cents per litre in Victoria, and 153 cents per litre in Queensland. The diesel average is identical in all three eastern states, at 151 cents per litre.
While this represents an increase of approximately 25 per cent since the first quarter of this year (January to March), the NRMA warns increased demand as major cities reopen could potentially drive prices even higher.
As previously reported by Drive, David Byrne, an Associate Professor of Economics at Melbourne University, claims the pandemic – in conjunction with international cartel behaviour – is largely to blame for recent fuel volatility. You can read more about the factors that affect pricing by clicking here.