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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 Barnaby Joyce 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

On 27 October 2020, the department released two draft regulation impact statements for public consultation:

  • 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 estimated the costs and benefits of improving noxious emissions standards for light and heavy vehicles, and were released for comment to seek stakeholders’ views on how and when these standards could be adopted. These papers do not represent a Government decision nor formal Government policy.

Comments on these draft Regulation Impact Statements closed 26 February 2021 and remain available for reference only. The Department is currently considering the feedback received in response to the papers.

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

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.

The Government is currently undertaking a further review of the fuel quality standards to improve the quality of fuel supplied in Australia by 2024. This review will seek to create standards that are aligned with international standards.

Further information on these improvements to fuel quality standards and this review is available on the 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 supporting the development of a Future Fuels Strategy, which will outline the Government’s vision to create an environment that enables consumer choice, stimulates industry development and reduces emissions in the road transport sector.