Ministerial Forum on Vehicle Emissions

In October 2015, the Australian Government established a Ministerial Forum to coordinate a whole-of-government approach to addressing emissions from motor vehicles.

The Ministerial Forum is chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, and includes the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP and the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Hon Angus Taylor MP.

Consultation on Draft Regulation Impact Statements on vehicle emissions and fuel efficiency measures

On 11 February 2016, the Ministerial Forum released a discussion paper PDF: 1312 KB ReadSpeaker seeking public feedback on possible measures to reduce vehicle emissions in Australia. A total of 80 submissions were received.

Taking this feedback into account, the Ministerial Forum subsequently released, on 20 December 2016, the following three consultation papers:

  • a draft Regulation Impact Statement on improving the efficiency of new light vehicles;
  • a draft Regulation Impact Statement on strengthening noxious emissions standards for light and heavy vehicles; and
  • a discussion paper on improving fuel quality standards.

The draft Regulation Impact Statements estimated the costs and benefits of the proposed fuel efficiency and noxious emissions standards and sought views on design elements and timing for their adoption. The fuel quality discussion paper built on the recent review of the Fuel Quality Standards Act 2000. The three consultation documents are provided below for reference.

The consultation period closed on 10 March 2017 and submissions were received from 92 stakeholders, including from vehicle manufacturers, fuel suppliers, transport operators, consumer, health and environment groups, and individuals.

Submissions to the two Regulation Impact Statements are available on the submissions web page. Some submissions have been withheld by request.

Submissions to the fuel quality discussion paper are available on the Department of the Environment and Energy's website.

Improvements to fuel quality standards

On 25 February 2019, the Australian Government announced new measures to improve fuel quality standards to ensure access to the latest vehicles, savings for motorists from more fuel efficient vehicles and health benefits to the community from cleaner air.

Further information on these improvements to fuel quality standards is available on Department of the Environment and Energy website.

Next steps

The Ministerial Forum will continue to undertake a mix of public consultation and targeted discussions with key stakeholders.

The Forum will also continue to consider other measures to encourage the uptake of low emissions vehicles.

The Forum intends to provide a draft implementation plan on potential measures for consideration by Government.

Previous consultation documents:

Additional reports:

To inform discussion around vehicle efficiency and fuel quality standards, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development commissioned research by independent expert consultants, ABMARC and IHS Markit respectively. The results of both studies are also provided below.

    • ABMARC 2016 Study—Analysis of the Australian 2015 New Light Vehicle Fleet and Review of Technology to Improve Light Vehicle Efficiency PDF: 8493 KB ReadSpeaker
    • IHS Markit 2016 Study—Fuel Quality and Emissions Standards in Australia: Fuel Sulfur Impacts on Euro 6 Compliance PDF: 1650 KB ReadSpeaker