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Audit puts a cap on petrol sniffing

Date posted: 20 May 2015

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's (PM&C) management of initiatives to supply low aromatic fuel (LAF) to Aboriginal communities to reduce petrol-sniffing has been found to be effective and well-documented.

In his report, Delivery of the petrol sniffing strategy in remote Indigenous communities, Auditor-General, Ian McPhee, said research results indicated that the introduction of LAF 'has been successful in contributing to reductions in the incidence of petrol sniffing'.

Mr McPhee said that in 2005, a type of LAF was developed by BP Australia as a substitute to regular unleaded petrol (RULP) and the Australian Government commenced supporting its distribution to communities.

In addition, since 2005, a contracted research provider has assessed a sample of communities periodically for incidences of petrol sniffing and the role of LAF in reducing outbreaks.

'As a result of these data collection arrangements, PM&C has a reasonable evidence base to support the assessment of LAF in reducing the incidence of petrol sniffing,' Mr McPhee said.

Source: PSnews

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Last updated: 18 May 2015
 
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