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The Inconvenient Truth of Fuel Retailing in Australia

The fuel industry is often asked to explain itself when fuel prices rise – particularly when they apparently rise independently of global moves in oil prices or regional moves in terminal gate prices for finished fuel products. Many appear to believe that fuel prices should move up and down uniformly in line with movements in the finished price of transport fuel delivered to Australia’s ports.

But some of Australia’s politicians and the State/Territory motoring organisations, believe, that the retail fuel market is dominated by a handful of large oil and supermarket businesses that are allegedly charging motorist more for fuel than is really necessary – particularly in advance of public holiday long weekends.

ACAPMA, the Australasia Convenience and Petroleum Marketer Association has long argued the contrary perspective, suggesting that the retail fuel indusry in Austria actually comprises a large number of retail businesses of varying size that compete in an open market – one chracterised by a level of price transparency that is higher than any other industry sector in the country.

ACAPMA has now completed a scan oft the structure and operation of the woholesale and retail fuel industry in Australia.

The findings of this industry analysis are detailed in ACAPMA report.