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Biofuels industry 

From 1 July 2015, NSW Fair Trading became responsible for administering the Biofuels Act 2007 (the Act).

The Act requires a certain percentage of the total volume of petrol sold in NSW by volume fuel sellers to be ethanol and a certain percentage of the total volume of diesel sold to be biodiesel.

The percentages prescribed under the Act are called the biofuels mandates. The mandate for ethanol is 6% and the mandate for biodiesel is 2%. The ethanol mandate is designed to encourage broader use of ethanol and other biofuels in NSW. Most cars in NSW that use ULP can safely use 10% ethanol-blended fuel.

There are some potential benefits of using biofuels like being good for the environment, creating jobs in regional NSW, helping farmers, and reducing our reliance on foreign fuel imports.

Not all fuel sold in NSW contains ethanol, but consumers now have a choice at the pump to fill up with E10 petrol, which contains a blend of up to 10% ethanol.

Biofuels standard 

For a biofuel to be eligible to meet the mandate, it must be compliant with the Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Biofuels Version Zero (PDF size: 4.32MB) published by the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, which is the approved standard under the Biofuels Regulation 2007.  

Volume fuel sellers 

Volume fuel sellers are:

  • primary fuel wholesalers, and
  • major retailers (operate more than 20 service stations).

Volume fuel sellers operating a business in NSW must be registered with Fair Trading. You can register with Fair Trading by completing the Registration form, which can be downloaded on the forms page of this website.

Volume fuel sellers are required to report each quarter on their fuel sales and steps for meeting the biofuels mandates.

If volume fuel sellers are unable to meet the mandates, they are able to apply for an exemption under the exemption framework.

Exemptions framework 

Volume fuel sellers who do not meet the biofuels mandate can apply to the Secretary for an exemption. The Exemptions framework (PDF size: 434kb) sets out the eligibility grounds and process for applying for an exemption.


To download the Volume fuel seller registration form, Quarterly biofuels return form or Application for mandate exemption form, go to the Biofuels section on the forms page on the Fair Trading website.