Home' Tennant and District Times : 2017-0324 TDT Contents 6 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 24 MARCH 2017
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TONIGHT, FRIDAY 24 MARCH
Come and listen to
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TREASURER Nicole Manison in-
troduced the Consumer Affairs
and Fair Trading Legislation Bill
The purpose of this Bill is to amend
the Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading
Act to establish a mandatory fuel price
reporting scheme that will require fuel re-
tailers in the Territory to report the price
of each fuel type offered for sale to the
Commissioner of Consumer Affairs and
allow for the regulations to implement
standards for the information displayed
on retail fuel price boards.
Fuel remains a major influence on the
cost of living; it is an unavoidable cost
for most, if not all Territory households
as well as a key input into the cost of
The price of retail fuel in the Territory
is generally higher than other parts of the
nation due to our remoteness however in
2014 prices reached almost 30 cents per
litre more than the Australian average.
This prompted an investigation by the
Australian Competition and Consumer
Commission (ACCC) into the Darwin
petrol market which revealed that lower
levels of competition were the main
driver of higher prices.
The Government strongly supports
achieving an improved level of competi-
tive fuel prices for all Territory motorists.
Under the proposed legislation the
Government is implementing MyFuel
NT to encourage fuel retailers to price
competitively with consumers empow-
ered to shop around using real-time
site-specific fuel price information across
the Territory to locate the lowest price for
fuel in their region.
To complement MyFuel NT, the Gov-
ernment will also introduce minimum
standards that will prohibit the display of
discounted fuel prices such as those only
available to consumers with customer
loyalty cards or shopper dockets.
Under the proposed changes the price
advertised on price boards will have to
match the price of fuel at the register and
bowser before any discount is applied.
Fuel retailers will still be able to
advertise discount offers available to
consumers however the aim is to reduce
consumer confusion about what price
applies when they are shopping around
MyFuel NT will adopt an open-data ap-
proach and provide comprehensive and
up-to-date fuel price data free of charge
to third parties such as mobile application
developers and current data providers.
It will also provide increased fuel price
transparency and availability for Govern-
ment and regulators.
Under the Bill, it is the responsibility of
the fuel retailer to ensure that its service
station is registered for the scheme, that
fuel prices offered for sale at the service
station are reported as per requirements
of the scheme and that the price board at
the service station complies with price
The definition of a fuel retailer is de-
pendent on the service station business
model with the intent of the legislation
to target those responsible for retail fuel
business, including setting prices.
In some instances, such as independent
service stations, the fuel retailer will be
the service station’s site owner and the
entity that carries on both the business of
a convenience store and retailing fuel at
the service station.
The Bill includes reasonable defence
provisions which allows for situations
where the fuel retailer had a reason-
able excuse for not complying with
the legislation protecting fuel retailers
in instances where they are unable to
report prices in a timely manner due to
circumstances outside their control, such
as telecommunication break down.
The reporting requirements for MyFuel
NT and the new minimum standards
for fuel price boards will be detailed in
new regulations drafted in the first half
Mandatory fuel price scheme on cards
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