Getting to refuel mum or dad’s car at a petrol station is just one of the many little steps to adulthood for a young person. But depending on your state, there is such a thing as too young. So what is the legal age to fill a car with petrol in Australia?

The danger present when refuelling a car is something we take for granted. Pull the nozzle out too soon and fail to relieve your grip on the pump, and you could cover your car, the service station forecourt and potentially yourself in highly flammable liquid. There are plenty of ways a hot car can ignite fuel too – especially an older vehicle.

In this article, we speak to police and transport bodies around Australia to determine the legal minimum age for refuelling a car in Australia – and get the facts from the service station providers themselves.

What’s the legal age to fill a car with petrol in Australia?

While there are no specific road rules concerning the legal age for refuelling in Australia, various health and safety regulations seem to stipulate a minimum age of between 15 and 16 years old depending on the service station’s terms of service.

A spokesperson for Shell told Drive “Even before the dangers are considered, you must be over 16 years of age to legally refuel a car”.

Meanwhile, a BP spokesperson said “It’s against the law for children under 15 to operate petrol pumps, even under adult supervision”.

Finally, a United Petroleum spokesperson said “Do not allow a child under 15 years of age to hold or operate the petrol nozzle”.

New South Wales

A Transport for NSW spokesperson told Drive “The NSW Road Rules do not regulate the age of a person that can refuel”.

However, NSW service stations may impose a minimum age as part of their terms of service.


“Under Occupational Health and Safety laws it’s illegal for children under 15 to operate petrol pumps, even under adult supervision,” a spokesperson for the Victorian Department of Transport and Planning told Drive.


“For safety reasons, a person must be at least 16 years old to operate a fuel pump in Queensland,” a Transport and Main Roads spokesperson told Drive.

“Significant penalties apply for fuel stations that let children operate fuel pumps.”

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