1st November, 2018 · Vehicle Technology Policy

Vehicle Emissions

AADA Position

The AADA supports the adoption of ‘Euro 6’ emission standards as this will enable manufacturers to bring new, more efficient and economic vehicles onto the Australian market.


The current emission standards for new light vehicles in Australia is ADR 79/04, which dates to 2011 and were introduced in Australia in 2016. They are based on the ‘Euro 5’ standards that were introduced in Europe in 2009, with equivalent US or Japanese standards accepted as alternatives. Current world-best-practice is reflected in the ‘Euro 6’ set of emission standards. One barrier to the adoption of more modern standards is that the quality of petrol in Australia is lower than that in equivalent OECD countries.

Our poor fuel quality means that it exceeds recommended levels of sulphur and aromatic contents and have too low a minimum octane number. This would affect the ability of new vehicles to operate effectively and to meet the required emission standards.

The harmonisation of Australian fuel standards with European standards will enable the entry into Australia of vehicles with advanced fuel efficiency and emissions technologies.

It is worth noting that Australian petrol refiners argue against harmonisation because the costs of upgrading refineries and the costs of production may affect the continued viability of refineries in Australia at a time when refined fuel imports have been growing steadily over the past years.