7 Aug 2019 AEST
4 Sep 2019 AEST

In December 2018, the COAG Energy Council agreed to implement the recommendations contained in the Decision Regulatory Impact Statement: Air Conditioners.

The Determination addressing these recommendations for the under 65kW capacity segment of the air conditioner market was published on 1 April 2019 and comes into force on 1 April 2020.

The proposed changes for the over 65kW capacity air conditioners are contained in the Exposure Draft – Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Air conditioners over 65kW) Determination 2019.

Stakeholder comments are being sought.

In New Zealand, the relevant legislation is theEnergy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 (the New Zealand Regulations). The New Zealand Government is proposing to adopt changes to its Regulations to align with the Determination.

What are the new requirements?

It is proposed in the Exposure Draft Determination that no later than 1 April 2021, manufacturers, importers and suppliers of air conditioners with a capacity of over 65kW will need to ensure that their products:

  • Have been tested to the relevant Australian Standard to determine their energy consumption
  • Meet a Minimum Energy Performance Standard of 2.90
  • have been registered on the Energy Rating website including their Total Cooling Seasonal Performance Factor and their Heating Seasonal Performance Factor

Key documents


The closing date for written submissions is 5pm AEDT Wednesday 4 September 2019. Submissions should include ‘Air conditioner over 65kW Determination’ in the subject line and be sent via email to:

Australia: energyrating@environment.gov.au (link sends e-mail)

New Zealand: regs@eeca.govt.nz (link sends e-mail)