Buying Ethanol in Australia

Ethanol in Australia. As an Australian supplier of ethanol, you can buy Ethanol in Australia from Harris Organic in small quantities.

The ins and outs of purchasing alcohol takes a lot of explanation to customers. In this post, we’ll look at the types of Ethanol and alcohol available, and who is eligible to purchase them.

For solvent use, ethanol is also known as ethyl alcohol, Everclear or alcohol can be a useful compound.

Alcohol is made by the fermentation of sugars by yeast. Once distilled, it has a wide range of uses: as a solvent, an antiseptic or sanitiser, an ingredient in fuels, and tinctures, and probably most widely as a drink, like beer, wine or brandy.

Tax on Ethanol in Australia

Tax on alcohol in Australia is large because ethanol is so popular as a component of alcoholic beverages, the sale of beer, wine or brandy in Australia has excise tax added.

The Australian Tax office imposes the excise tax also called the Australian alcohol tax.

This means, that if you’re looking to purchase pure ethanol in Australia for any purpose, you need to pay the Australian alcohol tax. Included in the bottle price is the tax.

If you purchase a bottle of any bottle of vodka, whiskey, gin or brandy you will pay about Australian $22-$25 of excise tax per 700 mL bottle, depending on the level of ethanol concentration in the spirit.

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Ethanol in Australia- Pure Alcohol 500ml

Different types of high percentage ethanol

There are different types of high percentage ethanol alcohol available in Australia. Some have poison added so that it is undrinkable. This is called denatured alcohol.

Denatured vs Undenatured Ethanol

There are two types of alcohol available to buy: Denatured and Undenatured.

What is Denatured alcohol in Australia?

‘Denatured’ ethanol alcohol is unrestricted for purchase in Australia, as it has an additive that makes it unfit for human consumption. The additive makes the ethanol poisonous and tastes and smells foul.

Methylated Spirit or Metho, which contains about 10% methanol, and other additives such as denatonium benzoate are the most common samples. This makes the Metho unpalatable.

The Methylated spirits alcohol percentage is normally about 96 per cent, made up of a combination of alcohols.

A high percentage of ethanol alcohol can be dangerous. Dangerous if consumed and dangerous if ignited.

Denatured metho alcohol is widely available and cheap to purchase from hardware stores. Used for window cleaning with newspaper or as fuel for a metho stove. Therefore, due to the poisonous effects of methanol when absorbed into the body it cannot be used in hand sanitiser or food production.

Undenatured Ethanol Alcohol

There are no restrictions on natural or undenatured ethanol alcohol (read vodka) for purchase in Australia. This is the purest highest percentage of alcohol you can get. The alcohol percentage can vary from 37 to 95%.

However, if you’re looking for a higher grade with an alcohol percentage of 95 per cent use food-grade alcohol. Food-grade alcohol or Everclear or pure ethanol is the product you can purchase here.

Uses for Ethanol (pure alcohol)

 There are still a great many uses where only natural ethanol pure alcohol will suffice, and getting some is now pretty easy without needing a Concessional Spirit Permit from the Tax office.

  • Tinctures
  • Limoncello
  • Antiseptic
  • Fortifying wine
  • Making spirits like gin
  • Food grade application, like icing

Large quantities of Ethanol

If you want large quantities of ethanol and work for one of the following institutions or you may apply for an excise license to obtain a permit to be free of Australian alcohol tax.

  • approved industrial,
  • scientific,
  • manufacturing,
  • medical,
  • veterinary or
  • educational purpose,

it won’t be too difficult to get approval to purchase with an excise exemption permit.

Ethanol alcohol uses by local, state, and federal department regulations including the taxation office.

The Australian Tax office controls the use of Alcohol in Australia.

Some of the approved uses of ethanol are listed below:

  • Fortifying Australian wine or grape must
  • Manufacturing
  • medicines, including vaccines
  • essences and flavours
  • mouthwashes
  • printing inks
  • foodstuffs
  • Sterilising equipment
  • Preserving specimens

Permitted use of alcohol is listed above. Please contact the ATO excise office, if you aren’t sure.

Applying for a Permit to Purchase Ethanol

If you believe your planned use of Australian ethanol will be approved, all you need to do now is submit an Application For Approval to Use Spirits. This is a simple process. Apply with the form from the ATO here and follow the steps provided. 

Depending on your use case, permits are generally valid for the following periods:

  • Permit for one-off specified quantity: six weeks
  • Initial ongoing permit: one year
  • Renewals of ongoing permit: five years.

Then, purchase the allowed quantity of ethanol during that period only. During your permit period, you will also need to keep clear records to show how you are using it.

This means:  

  • The purposes for which you used it
  • The amount you hold
  • The amount you obtained
  • The date you obtained it
  • The name of your supplier

However, you have to keep records for at least five years. 

Purchasing Pure Alcohol and Ethanol in Australia

If you want a small quantity you can purchase pure alcohol and ethanol in Australia without an approved permit. We can supply you with small quantities of alcohol Ethanol, it is easy.  Go to our alcohol shop alcohol page and we will post it to you.

Can you buy pure alcohol in Australia?

You buy pure alcohol in Australia by shopping online at Harris Organic Wine and Spirits online shop. They post small quantities across Australia.