If you are going to manufacture or supply outdoor power equipment or marine engines the Australian Government’s new noxious emission standards will affect you. There are steps you should take now to ensure you comply.

Noxious emissions standards for outdoor power equipment and marine engines commenced in January 2018. The standards will be phased in to allow industry time to transition.

1 July 2018 – high polluting new outdoor power equipment and marine engines can no longer be imported into Australia.

1 July 2020 – high polluting new outdoor power equipment or marine engines can no longer be supplied to the Australian market.

The Department of the Environment and Energy administers the standards. Application fees will apply for Australian certifications and exemptions. Levies will apply on imported products and domestic manufacture of new engines.

What products will the standards apply to?

The standards apply to:

  • spark ignition engines 19 kilowatts and below used in household and commercial operations, including: lawn mowers, ride-on mowers, mulchers, brush or line cutters, generators, pumps, chainsaws and auxiliary engines on boats such as generators and pumps
  • spark ignition engines used in marine vessels, including: outboard engines, personal watercraft, and sterndrive or inboard engines.

For a list of products covered by the standards visit www.environment.gov.au/protection/air-quality/emissions-standards.