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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 road 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 Light and Heavy Vehicle Emission Standards for Cleaner Air

The department has released two draft Regulation Impact Statements considering the case for mandating more stringent noxious emission standards in Australia, This includes:

  • a draft Regulation Impact Statements on the possible introduction of improved noxious emissions standards, known as Euro 6, for new light vehicles.
  • a draft Regulation Impact Statements on the possible introduction of improved noxious emissions standards, known as Euro VI, for new heavy vehicles.

The draft Regulation Impact Statements estimate the costs and benefits of improving noxious emissions standards for light and heavy vehicles and seeks stakeholders’ views on design elements and timing for their adoption. These draft Regulation Impact Statements are being released for consultation and do not represent a Government decision nor formal Government policy.

The department welcomes comments on these draft Regulation Impact Statements by 26 February 2021. Extensions will be considered on a case by case basis, if required. Please note that information provided as part of any feedback provided will be handled in accordance with our privacy notice.

These Regulation Impact Statements build on the previous consultation in 2016-17 and complement the improvements to fuel quality standards announced in 2019.

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Consultation on Light and Heavy Vehicle Emission Standards for Cleaner Air

Your submission, including any personal information supplied, is being collected by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications for the purpose of public consultation on Light and Heavy Vehicle Emission Standards for Cleaner Air, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988 (the Privacy Act).

The Department will use this information to inform future decision-making in regard to this RIS process.

Your personal information will be stored securely by the Department. It may be used by the Department to make further contact with you about the consultation process. Your personal information will not be disclosed to any other third parties, except in the circumstances outlined below.

Submissions, in part or full, including the name of the author may be published on the Department's website or in the Government's response, unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including author name) will not be published. Private addresses and contact details will not be published or disclosed to any third parties unless required by law.

Submissions will only be treated as confidential if they are expressly stated to be confidential. Automatically generated confidentiality statements or disclaimers appended to an email do not suffice for this purpose. If you wish you make a confidential submission, you should indicate this by ensuring your submission is marked confidential.

Confidential submissions will be kept securely and will only be disclosed in the following circumstances:

  • in response to a request by a Commonwealth Minister;
  • where required by a House or a Committee of the Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia; or
  • where required by law.

The Department may also disclose confidential submissions within the Commonwealth of Australia, including with other Commonwealth agencies, where necessary in the public interest.

Please note that in order to protect the personal privacy of individuals in accordance with the Privacy Act any submissions containing sensitive information, personal information or information which may reasonably be used to identify a person or group of people may not be published, even if not marked as confidential.

The Department's privacy policy contains information regarding complaint handling processes and how to access and/or seek correction of personal information held by the Department. The Privacy Officer can be contacted on (02) 6274 6495 or at privacy@infrastructure.gov.au.

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 Industry, Science, Energy and Resources website.

Next steps

The Ministerial Forum is continuing to undertake a mix of public consultation and targeted discussions with key stakeholders on adopting the latest international vehicle standards to reduce noxious emissions from road vehicles and improve Australia’s access to the latest vehicle technology. The Ministerial Forum is also supporting the development of a national strategy to plan and manage the transition to new vehicle technologies and infrastructure.