Review of the Low Aromatic Fuel Act

Review of the Low Aromatic Fuel Act

Indigenous Affairs Health and Wellbeing Low Aromatic Unleaded Fuel
Monday, 30 April 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Individuals and organisations who have an interest in the use of low aromatic fuel and health impacts of petrol sniffing are invited to provide their comments on the operation of the Low Aromatic Fuel Act 2013 (the Act).

Low aromatic fuel is designed to discourage people from sniffing petrol by lowering the amount of toxic aromatic components, which give people who sniff petrol a high.

The Australian Government supports the rollout of low aromatic fuel, in place of regular unleaded fuel, in areas where petrol sniffing is a problem.

Approximately 175 fuel sites stock low aromatic fuel across Queensland, the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. The Low Aromatic Fuel Act 2013 has been used in four locations – Palm Island in Queensland, and the Daly, Katherine and Tennant Creek regions of the Northern Territory.

The terms of reference of the review will take account of the following issues:

  • The effectiveness of the Act in meeting its primary object: “to enable special measures to be taken to reduce potential harm to the health of people, including Aboriginal persons and Torres Strait Islanders, living in certain areas from sniffing fuel”.
  • The effectiveness of the areas designated under the Act: Palm Island in Queensland, and the Tennant Creek, Daly and Katherine regions of the Northern Territory.
  • The views of fuel manufacturers, outlets and their fuel distributors operating in the designated areas as well as other stakeholders, including community representatives, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (or their representatives), persons with an interest in or knowledge of human health, and any other individuals who have an interest in the use of low aromatic fuel.
  • The other provisions of the Act as they relate to achieving the object of the Act, such as the ability for the Minister to designate ‘fuel control areas’ and the Act’s compliance measures in places where it has been used.
  • Any other matter with a significant bearing on the operation of the Act that is identified during the process of the review.

For more information on the Act and how to submit your comments see Review of the Low Aromatic Fuel Act 2013 website or email

Submissions close 18 May 2018.