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Australia set to transition to Euro 6 emission standards


All new cars and light commercial vehicles in Australia must meet Euro 6 emission standards from December 2025, the federal government has confirmed.

Transport Minister Catherine King confirmed the federal government’s push towards stricter fuel quality and noxious emissions standards.  

“Following thorough consultation with industry and the community, new versions of new cars – including SUVs and light commercial vehicles – sold from December 2025 will need to comply with Euro 6d noxious emissions standards,” she said.

“It will bring Australia in line with 80 per cent of the global car market, including the US, Canada, the EU, United Kingdom, Japan, China, Korea and India.”  

Additionally, The government will align the previously announced reduction in sulphur limits for all petrol with the new, strengthened aromatics limits. Petrol supplied from December 2025 will need to comply with the new standard. 

Europe introduced the standard in 2014 and is expected to shift to Euro 7 in the coming years.  

“The changes, along with Fuel Efficiency Standards are part of delivering cleaner, cheaper to run cars and tackling transport costs for Australian families and businesses,” King said. 

“Tightening Australia’s noxious emissions standards will prevent deaths caused by toxic air pollution.”  

The new standard will be gradually phased in from November 1, 2024, and the following 12 months.  

The move has been long-awaited, with some industry advocates saying it will provide several industries with certainty in their planning over the next two years.  

“This move will help bring our vehicle market into the 21st century – and into line with overseas vehicle markets,” HVIA chief executive Todd Hacking said.  

“We are committed to continuing to work with industry and state and territory governments to ensure the smooth introduction of these standards.  

“Once this legislation is in place, we need to keep the momentum up and ensure regulations and standards also accommodate the transition to zero emissions vehicles.”

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