20 December 2018

From the GEMS Regulator

As the year draws to a close and thoughts turn to rest and relaxation, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on all that’s been achieved with the E3 Program in 2018.

The COAG Energy Council agreed to further improve regulations on air conditioners and lighting and introduce regulations on swimming pool pumps. An incredible amount of work goes into developing the Regulation Impact Statements upon which these decisions were based, work that can extend over a number of years and involves extensive consultation with industry.

Significant progress was also made towards implementation of Decision RIS’s agreed in 2017, on commercial refrigeration and household refrigerators and freezers particularly. And the independent review of the GEMS Act commenced, with its draft report finding that GEMS has proven effective at reducing costs for consumers.

In terms of GEMS regulatory activity, we’ve seen ever higher levels of engagement and collaboration with industry participants on compliance monitoring issues and activities. We’ve developed and implemented a more comprehensive, intelligence led, risk based GEMS inspector compliance monitoring program covering more suppliers and more geographical areas. And non-compliant entities have been placed on notice for 2019, with compliance enforcement activities being granted more resources.

GEMS registration services continued to improve and stakeholders reported increasing levels of satisfaction in the annual survey. A range of new tools and videos were developed to help suppliers register their products and GEMS registration applications were assessed on average in under two days. Consumer engagement with the Energy Rating website, calculator and apps also increased significantly during the year.  

It’s fair to say it’s been an incredibly busy year for the E3 Program and that pace looks set to continue into 2019. But for now, I wish all in the E3 community a restful break with family and friends over the Christmas period.

Michelle Croker

The GEMS Regulator