In 2016, the Australian Government is conducting a review of the fees charged under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012, to meet the expectation that they would be reviewed every three years to facilitate a move towards full cost recovery over time.
The review is being conducted by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, in which the GEMS Regulator is based.
The objective of the GEMS Act is to promote the development and adoption of products that use less energy, produce fewer greenhouse gas emissions, or contribute to reducing the amount of energy used, or greenhouse gases produced, by other products. The legislation underpins the work in Australia of the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program, a joint Commonwealth and State and Territory Government program.
Importers, manufacturers or suppliers of products that are regulated for energy efficiency under the GEMS Act are required to register their products, for which they are charged a fee. The registration fees collected by the Commonwealth recover part of the costs of providing a product registration service and the compliance monitoring and enforcement program required under the Act. Approval to charge these fees derives from the GEMS (Registration Fees) Act 2012.
An Issues Paper has been developed to guide stakeholders in framing their views around the issues to be considered under the Fees Review.
Have Your Say
Stakeholders can play a key role in the GEMS Fees Review by sharing their views on the issues identified in the Issues Paper, and on other issues considered to be related.
Making a Submission
We invite interested stakeholders to express their views on the issues raised in the Issues paper. Submissions received by Friday 15 April 2016 will be used to develop a draft policy position and discussion paper. This will then form the basis for a further round of consultation with stakeholders in mid-late May, before recommendations to the Minister are finalised.
Submissions should be lodged by email with "GEMS Fees Review" in the subject line to email@example.com by cob Friday 15 April.
Face to Face Consultation
We are considering holding face to face consultation forums on the draft policy position during mid-late May, in Sydney and Melbourne. We would welcome your views on whether or not this would be valuable to you.
The outcomes of the Fees Review will be published following the review’s finalisation on 30 June 2016.