Reducing cost of living for Tasmanians

Elise Archer,Minister for Building and Construction

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is working hard to implement the Tasmanian fuel reporting scheme as soon as possible.

This scheme will deliver a more competitive retail fuel industry to help Tasmanian consumers find the cheapest fuel in their area, in real time.

The required Code of Practice for Fuel Price Reporting has today passed the House of Assembly. This will ensure that retailers report accurate and up-to-date prices to a Fuel Check Tasmania app, which will be released free of charge to Tasmanian motorists.

The development of the Fuel Price App and website is now well advanced and final testing of the app interface is currently underway while the Code is approved by the Parliament.

The app will enable consumers to easily search for the cheapest fuel by location, price, fuel type or brand in the State.

Retailers will be required to update fuel prices as they occur, providing a vastly enhanced level of transparency which will help put downward pressure on fuel prices.

The app will be available via Apple iOS or Android operating systems and is based on a New South Wales Department of Fair Trading model, which has been downloaded by more than eight million drivers in that State.

The Code of Practice will ensure that the price on the app is the same as the price on the bowser, and we will closely monitor the provision of price information by retailers.

Our Government has worked closely with key stakeholders, including the Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Royal Automobile Association of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Automobile Chamber of Commerce in developing the Code of Practice. Fuel retailers have received advice and assistance where needed to ensure compliance.

This Code and the associated Fuel Check Tasmania app are the latest initiatives introduced by our Government to help reduce the cost of living for Tasmanians.

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