New Vehicle Efficiency Standard—Cleaner, Cheaper to run Cars for Australia

The Australian Government is seeking feedback from the community on the final design of a New Vehicle Efficiency Standard (also known as a fuel efficiency standard) that will catch us up with other countries, reduce emissions, save Australians money at the fuel bowser and see cleaner cars on the road.

Why we want your input

Your input will inform the development and implementation of a New Vehicle Efficiency Standard that provides global vehicle manufacturers with the right incentives to send cleaner vehicles to Australia.

How you can voice your opinion

We are listening to the Australian community. We are now undertaking consultation on the Government’s settings. A link to our consultation paper is available below, and you can respond directly to our key questions as well as lodge a submission via the ‘Have your say’ button at the bottom of this page. Written submissions will only be accepted through this process.

What will be the outcome of this consultation?

Your submission will inform the Government's approach to an Australian New Vehicle Efficiency Standard and help Australia to achieve net zero by 2050. In our first consultation on the design of a New Vehicle Efficiency Standard, we received around 2,700 submissions.

The Issue

The transport sector makes up 21% of Australia's emissions, and is projected to be the largest source of emissions by 2030 if we do nothing. On average, passenger cars in Australia emit 20% more than the United States.

Australia is one of few remaining advanced economies without a New Vehicle Efficiency Standard. Australians are getting left behind as the world moves to cleaner, modern cars and are paying more at the bowser as a result. Over 85% of cars sold worldwide are covered by a New Vehicle Efficiency Standard.

You can read the Cleaner, Cheaper to Run Cars: An Australian New Vehicle Efficiency Standard Consultation Impact Analysis which has been informed by economic modelling and the outcomes of our first previous consultation with the community.

Relevant documentation


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Please click on the ‘Have your say now’ button below to complete the questionnaire on the preferred option for Australia’s fuel efficiency standard.

We invite you to to tell us your views on this topic.

Please include:

  • contact name
  • organisation name, if applicable
  • contact details, including telephone number, postal and email addresses
  • confirmation whether or not your submission can be made public—published—or kept confidential.

All submissions to be made public need to meet the Digital Service Standard for accessibility. Any submission that does not meet this standard may be modified before being made public.

If your submission is to be made public, please ensure you do not include any personal information that you don't want to be published.

If your submission is confidential, please ensure each page of the submission is marked as confidential.

Please click on the ‘Have your say now’ button below to complete the questionnaire on the Government’s preferred option for Australia’s New Vehicle Efficiency Standard.

Australian Privacy Principle 5 Notice

Fuel Efficiency Standard—Modern, Cleaner and Cheaper-to-run Cars for Australia

The Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts (the department) is collecting information for the purposes of this consultation, in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

The department will use this information to inform consideration of issues associated with Australia's fuel efficiency standard and will store this information securely. It may be used by the department to make further contact with you about the review.

The department will not disclose information to 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 unless the submission is confidential. Confidential submissions (including the author's 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
  • 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 by email: