29 August 2019

Michelle Croker steps down as GEMS Regulator

After four years championing the importance of energy efficient appliances under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act (GEMS Act), Michelle Croker is moving on from her role as the GEMS Regulator.

Michelle will be taking on a new role elsewhere in the Department of the Environment and Energy (the Department).

During her tenure as the Regulator, Michelle has made significant contributions to advancing the energy efficiency objectives of the COAG Energy Council, including chairing the Equipment Energy Efficiency Program’s (E3) Energy Efficiency Advisory Team (EEAT), and establishing the E3 Prioritisation Plan.

Michelle also chaired the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Programme on Energy Efficient End-Use Equipment (4E), and oversaw the development and implementation of multiple energy efficiency regulations for GEMS products.

She has also championed new initiatives for increasing engagement and communication between the Regulator and GEMS stakeholders. These include the annual GEMS stakeholder survey, which consistently records a satisfaction rating above 80%, the GEMS Regulator YouTube channel, the translation of supplier registration information into Chinese, and the Efficiency Standard newsletter.

Michelle says performing the role of GEMS Regulator has been “an honour and a rewarding experience”, citing the interactions she has had with GEMS stakeholders as a particular highlight of her time as GEMS Regulator.

“I thank them for their constructive engagement and commitment to working together on energy efficiency for equipment, and wish them all the best going forward,” Michelle said.

On behalf of her colleagues and GEMS stakeholders, we thank Michelle for her dedication, commitment and hard work, and we wish her the best of luck in her new role.

The First Assistant Secretary of Energy Security and Efficiency Division in the Department will hold the position of GEMS Regulator until the new Regulator is appointed.