2 November 2023

Real-time fuel pricing app FuelCheck to remain an option for Canberrans

| Claire Fenwicke
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Man filling up car at petrol pump

The FuelCheck app has been downloaded more than 100,000 times by Canberrans since it was introduced a year ago. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

A successful trial of NSW’s FuelCheck app in the Territory means Canberrans will continue to be able to find the best deals when filling up their vehicles.

The app has been downloaded around 100,000 times since its introduction to the ACT in November 2022, with more than 95 per cent of Territory service stations signing up.

There’s no timeline for when this no-cost deal with the NSW Government will end, which indicates Canberrans will continue to have access to this app indefinitely.

NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said the continuation of the app for the ACT would make sure motorists maintained access to greater pricing transparency.

“As fuel prices remain volatile and the cost of living continues to rise, FuelCheck will continue to make a massive difference for consumers by ensuring they can always find the best price fuel near them,” he said.

“As the Christmas period approaches, real-time fuel prices will help motorists better plan their journeys and when and where they should fill up.”

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It’s previously been found that through shopping around and checking the app, Canberra motorists can save (on average) 11 cents per litre on standard unleaded, 15 cents per litre on premium unleaded, and 25 cents per litre on diesel.

This means a motorist who drives an average of 12,100 kilometres per year could save around $140 to $200 for a petrol car and $350 for a diesel car each year.

Business and Better Regulation Minister Tara Cheyne said the government acknowledged the cost of fuel could be a significant expense for households and was pleased the app could continue to be offered for free to Canberrans.

“FuelCheck has been a great opportunity for small and independent ACT operators to take advantage of free price advertising and bring awareness of their location to a larger audience by opting into the scheme,” she said.

Given the high number of fuel retailers that have signed up for the scheme, it will remain optional for other service station owners to decide whether they’d like their prices included.

“With strong retailer participation and a low level of issues or price mismatches that were all readily rectified, there is no need to bring in industry-specific regulation to compel participation by retailers in FuelCheck,” Ms Cheyne said.

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It’s expected Canberra’s electric vehicle charging stations will be added to the app by the end of the year as NSW locations are already included.

The FuelCheck app also lets people see information about the best day of the week to buy fuel and receive alerts about price drops at their favourite stations.

“My message to Canberrans is simple: FuelCheck gives you the capacity to save money when you fill up and allows you to make the choice of whether it is worthwhile filling up at one station and saving up to 10, 15 or 25 cents per litre, or whether you are willing to pay more,” Ms Cheyne said.

“The FuelCheck app and the capacity to save money at the pump is literally in your hands.”

More information on fuel pricing in the ACT and the FuelCheck scheme is available through Access Canberra.

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