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Liquid Fuels including Petrol, Diesel and LPG

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If you are selling liquid fuel, e.g. petrol, diesel, bio-fuels or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) you must comply with the following requirements:

  • All fuel dispensers used for the wholesale and retail sale of petrol, diesel and LPG must be verified and their calibration points sealed by a servicing licensee or trade measurement inspector.
  • All volume must be displayed in litres (L).
  • Indicators showing unit price ($ per L) and total price ($) must be clearly displayed.
  • All hoses, nozzles, lights and displays must be in good working order.
  • In the case of multi-product fuel dispensers, each delivery hose is a measuring instrument.
  • Control systems attached to fuel dispensers are a measuring instrument and must be verified by a servicing licensee or trade measurement inspector.

Who is Responsible for the Fuel Dispenser?

Under the national trade measurement laws, the fuel dispenser is a ‘measuring instrument for trade'. The person responsible for its use is the person who:

  • is actually or apparently in control of the measuring instrument
  • has it in their possession for trade use
  • makes it available for use.

Note that under the law, a customer using a self-serve measuring instrument such as a fuel dispenser is not considered to be a person in control of this instrument.

Regulating the Sale of Liquid Fuels

The National Measurement Institute (NMI) employs trade measurement inspectors throughout Australia. The role of inspectors is:

  • to ensure that all measuring instruments used for trade are verified and used correctly
  • to monitor the verification activities of servicing licensees
  • to investigate complaints and resolve problems with trade measurement matters
  • to issue infringement notices or take prosecution action where there has been a breach of the law.

For more information

The main laws covering trade measurement are the National Measurement Act 1960 and the National Trade Measurement Regulations 2009. For information on the sale of liquid fuels see regulations 2.3, 5.2(1.b.iv), 5.3 and 5.4. For offences and penalties regarding the use of measuring instruments for trade and shortfall provisions, see the following sections of the Act:

  • section 18GA – measuring instruments used for trade to be verified
  • section 18GD – inaccurate use of measuring instruments
  • section 18KD – shortfall offence

For more information contact 1300 686 664, or use our online form.