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Clothes dryers are a great convenience, reducing the time it takes to complete a full laundry cycle. However, they also consume a significant amount of energy, adding to household energy bills and emissions. The Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Determination for clothes dryers help consumers choose energy-efficient models and, in doing so, reduce their costs and carbon footprint.

At a Glance 


Minimum Energy Performance Standards  

Energy Rating Label  

Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Rotary Clothes Dryers) Determination 2015




In Australia, this product is regulated under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012. 

In New Zealand, the relevant legislation is the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002. Visit the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority website for more information.

What products are covered?

Products covered by this Determination include rotary clothes dryers that are ordinarily supplied and used for personal, domestic or household use, and which use a control mechanism.

The Determination only covers appliances for the tumble-drying of clothing, which are one of the following.

  • Condenser rotary clothes dryers.
  • Vented rotary clothes.
  • The drying functions of appliances which include both washing and clothes drying functions and in which the drying function operates by the same method as a condenser rotary clothes dryer or vented rotary clothes dryer.

Refer to section 5 of the Determination for more details. 

Technical requirements

For technical requirements regarding clothes dryers, including testing requirements and Minimum Energy Performance Standards, review the relevant Determination and standards.  


The following standards are referenced in this Determination and are available for purchase from Standards Australia.

  • AS/NZS 2442.1:1996 Performance of household electrical appliances – Rotary clothes dryers – Part 1: Energy consumption and performance.
  • AS/NZS 2442.2:2000 Performance of household electrical appliances – Rotary clothes dryers – Part 2: Energy labelling requirements.

The version of the standards that apply are the versions that existed on 31 October 2015, when the Determination came into force.

Minimum Energy Performance Standards

The Minimum Energy Performance Standards are specified in Clause 4.4 of AS/NZS 2442.1:1996.

Clothes washers must also meet the performance requirements mentioned in Clause 3.2 of AS/NZS 2442.2:2000 (Drying Clothes in a Single Operation) and Clause 3.3 of AS/NZS 2442.2:2000 (Maximum Fabric Temperature).

Testing your product  

Your product must be tested in accordance with:

  • the requirements specified in section 2 of AS/NZS 2442.2:2000, as modified by Subsection 6 (3) of the Determination, and
  • the requirements mentioned in sections 2 and 4 of AS/NZS 2442.1:1996, as modified by Subsections 7 (4) and 8 (3) of the Determination.

Labelling requirements

If you are supplying (or offering to supply) clothes dryers in a retail store, the Energy Rating Label must be adhered to the upper front portion or any display front of each displayed appliance. If that’s not possible, then the Energy Rating Label can be adhered to the top.

See section 7 and Schedule 2 of the Determination for more information on the labelling and communication requirements for clothes dryers.

Visit the Labelling page for general labelling information and resources.

Energy Rating Label (super efficiency variation) for Dryer showing 7 to 10 stars
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