Fuel

Australian petrol prices higher but still below pre-pandemic levels

Average petrol prices rose in the September quarter 2020 after a record low earlier in the year, but still remain well below the 15-year real average of 151.6 cents per litre (cpl).

The ACCC’s latest petrol monitoring report shows the average retail price for petrol in the September quarter across Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth was 122.1 cpl, an increase of 13.1 cpl from the June quarter 2020.

Quarterly report on the Australian petroleum market - September quarter 2020

The fourth quarterly report under the petrol monitoring arrangements outlined in the Competition and Consumer (Price Monitoring—Petroleum Fuels) Direction 2019, which commenced in December 2019.

Quarterly report on the Australian petroleum market - June quarter 2020

The third quarterly report under the petrol monitoring arrangements outlined in the Competition and Consumer (Price Monitoring—Petroleum Fuels) Direction 2019, which commenced in December 2019.

Quarterly report on the Australian petroleum market - March quarter 2020

The second quarterly report under the petrol monitoring arrangements outlined in the Competition and Consumer (Price Monitoring—Petroleum Fuels) Direction 2019, which commenced in December 2019.

Petrol retailers should reduce their prices in line with falls in international petrol prices

Petrol retailers should not use the current pandemic to further increase profits, which the latest ACCC petrol industry report shows have risen in recent years, and should pass on the full benefit of falling oil prices to motorists, the ACCC has said.

Weekly average international crude oil prices have decreased by around US$ 50 per barrel since the beginning of the year and this has largely flowed through to Australian wholesale petrol prices, which have decreased by around 50 cents per litre (cpl) in the same period.

Australian motorists must benefit from any sustained crude oil price fall

The ACCC will closely monitor retail petrol price movements in Australia in the coming weeks to determine if the recent falls in international crude oil and refined petrol prices are flowing through to consumers.

This follows a decline in the price of crude oil and refined petrol since early January 2020 and, in particular, sharp falls in crude oil prices last week.

Quarterly report on the Australian petroleum market - December quarter 2019

The first quarterly report under the petrol monitoring arrangements outlined in the Competition and Consumer (Price Monitoring—Petroleum Fuels) Direction 2019, which commenced in December 2019.