13 Feb 2017 AEDT
14 Mar 2017 AEDT

Consultation Overview

The Department of the Environment and Energy invites you to take part in consultation on the review of registration fees to recover the costs associated with the delivery of registration and compliance services under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012.  

This review provides information on how the Department implements cost recovery for the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012 and considers if the current model used to set the registration fees under GEMS remains appropriate. The purpose of the review is to:

  • examine the actual fee revenue and costs in delivering the GEMS scheme to date
  • test the model used to establish the registration fees and fee bands and consider whether it is still appropriate and
  • determine the appropriate level of cost recovery going forward.

The Australian Government’s approval for the program in 2012 was on the basis of full recovery of the costs of the registration service, and phased-in cost recovery of the compliance monitoring and enforcement activities, with the clear expectation that it would move over time to the full recovery of these costs.

The Fees Review considers two options to move to full cost recovery over the forward estimates (2020-21). It also considers the current fee bands and reallocation of products according to the overall registration and compliance monitoring cost, including check testing.

Key Document

Consultation Paper: GEMS Fees Review 2016-17


On 13 February 2017, the Department invited stakeholders to comment on the proposed recommendations in the GEMS Fee Review 2016-2017 consultation paper. Ten submissions were received. Stakeholders included industry associations and manufacturers.

Four stakeholders provided permission to publish their submissions:


Following consultation all submissions will be considered and a Cost Recovery Implementation Statement will be developed and published. This will set the fee structure going forward.