Fuel Quality Standards Approval - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to use fuel that does not meet the fuel quality standards.

Approval to vary the fuel quality standards or fuel quality information in respect of specified supplies of fuel may be granted in writing or in situations requiring emergency approval.

Emergency approval may be granted where:

  • a shortfall in the supply of a fuel will exist within two weeks
  • the shortfall will have a serious impact on the interest of consumers or economic or regional development
  • the shortfall will not reasonably be met by one or more persons (other than the applicant for approval)
  • granting the approval will enable, or assist in enabling, the shortfall to be met or mitigated
  • the shortfall will exist because of exceptional circumstances.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

An application for an approval must be in writing and must include the following information:

  • The applicant's name and contact details;
  • If the applicant is an agent for another person, the other person's name and contact details
  • A declaration that the information in the application is correct to the best of the applicant's knowledge
  • A statement of the reasons why the applicant wants the standard to be varied
  • An explanation of the variation sought; f.the period for which the variation is sought
  • The circumstances in which the specified fuel will be supplied, including (if possible) where, why and how much
  • Contact details for any fuel suppliers whose supply of fuel is intended to be covered by the approval
  • Any information held by the applicant, or publicly available, that could reasonably be considered to be relevant in making a decision whether to grant an approval, including information about the possible effect of the approval, if granted, on the protection of the environment, protection of occupational and public health and safety, interests of consumers and economic and regional development.

The type of information required may also include:

  • Referee reports, articles or literature assessing the impacts of the fuel to be supplied under the approval
  • Details of the emissions expected to be produced if the approval is granted
  • The results of any testing done on the kind of fuel to be supplied
  • Tables comparing the specifications of the fuel to be supplied under the approval with current fuel standards in Australia
  • A profile of the fuel supplier including the impacts on the market share if the approval is granted.

An applicant may be asked to provide more information if the application does not cover all information required.


An approval remains in force for the period specified in the approval unless it is an emergency approval, which lasts for a maximum of 14 days.


ApplyApplication$5,944.00An application must be accompanied by the application fee.

An applicant who is not an agency of the Commonwealth or a State or Territory may ask to exempt the applicant from the payment of the whole or part of the application fee.

Approval time

Simple applications may be completed within 12 weeks and more complex applications may take up to 18 months to resolve, depending on whether further information and research is required.

Administering agency

Department of the Environment and Energy
Fuel Quality Standards

Act(s) name

Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Fuel Quality Standards Regulations 2001 (Australian Government)

Contact details

Department of the Environment and Energy
Fuel Quality Standards



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