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[Slide:  GEMS Compliance]

Now on to the registration and compliance section.  Under the GEMS Act air conditioners covered by the determination can only be supplied, offered for supply, or used for a commercial purpose if the model is registered under the GEMS Act against the relevant determination.  That process is usually managed by the manufacturer or importer but not always.  If in doubt there's a public register available on the energyrating.gov.au website that you can go and check and try to find the model to see if it's registered or you can again check with your supplier.  Products of the model must comply with the requirements of the determination. That means it's got to meet the GEMS level, that is the MEPs - the Minimum Energy Performance Standards - and it's got to meet the labelling requirements that is for air conditioners it needs to clearly display an energy rating label or a Zoned Energy Rating Label as required, and any other GEMS requirements such as things about higher efficiencies.

For the purposes that we're talking about today we're talking about the Zoned Energy Rating Label and it's an offence under the GEMS Act to supply, offer or use the unit for commercial purposes if the product does not display an energy rating label when it is meant to.

[Slide:  GEMS Labelling Requirements: Displaying the ERL or ZERL]

The GEMS labelling requirements are set out in the relevant legislation instrument called a determination.  The most important point to note is that each unit of a model displayed in the store must have a label - an energy rating label or a ZERL - displayed in some form.  Having the energy rating label clearly visible enables potential purchasers to consider the energy efficiency of the model and make an informed decision on which air conditioner is best suited for their circumstances.  You'll see down in the bottom right of the slide this little icon which is a trimmed-down version of the ZERL.  This is for use in print or online advertising; you don't have to use this, you also can't use this to advertise on units in store but if you want to use it for print advertising or online advertising, use this one.

[Slide:  GEMS labelling requirements:  Displaying the ZERL in retail premises]

GEMS labelling requirements.  Retailers vary in the way each offers to supply it models of air conditioners however the basic idea is that each unit that is on display must have an energy rating label.  As an example here on this slide you'll see a dummy head unit, which is a way that a lot of retailers look to present their stock, and they have put three price tags on there.  Those three price tags don't all relate to the one model, they're looking at different models and different capacities.  For each of those price tags you need to have a ZERL or an energy rating label attached because without it the customer doesn't have an idea of what the energy rating is, how efficient the unit is and can't compare it against other models.

[Slide:  GEMS labelling requirements:  Display issues]

Here's a couple of things not to do.  In the example on the left you've got a dummy head with three labels on it but there's only one ZERL.  The customer can't tell what the energy rating and the efficiency of either of the units that are referred to by the price tags on the left and right are.

What some people like to do, some retailers like to do, is put big sale stickers on the units.  That's fine put the sale stickers wherever you want - just not over an energy rating label.