Computers and computer monitors are widespread in Australia and New Zealand, with just about every home and office having one or more of each. It is thought that there is more than 40 million computers in Australia and around 30 million computers in New Zealand.

The number of computer monitors is also as large or even exceeds the number of computers, as some people prefer two or more monitors for their computer, both at work and at home.

By law, computers and computer monitors sold or supplied within Australia and New Zealand must meet a minimum level of energy efficiency. Computer monitors in a store must also display an energy rating label.

The Energy Rating Label tells you how much energy the computer monitor uses per year and gives you a star rating that allows you to compare its efficiency to monitors of the same size.

Is your product regulated

All products covered by energy efficiency regulations must meet certain requirements before they can be supplied or sold in Australia or New Zealand.

Depending on the product, this may include Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), energy rating label requirements or both. There are specific requirements relevant to Australia and New Zealand.

Regulated Products

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Energy Rating Label


New Zealand




GEMS Determination»


Computer monitors



GEMS Determination»


Regulatory requirements

Computers are subject to Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) requirements in Australia and New Zealand.

Computers must be tested in accordance with the method of measurement as set out in AS/NZS 5813.1 and the MEPS as specified in AS/NZS 5813.2.

Computers monitors are subject to both Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Energy Rating Label requirements in Australia and New Zealand.

Computer monitors must be tested in accordance with AS/NZS 5815.1 and meet the MEPS and labelling requirements as specified in the Determination.

Standards are available for purchase from SAI Global or www.standards.co.nz.

Which computers are covered?

Small-scale servers, desktop, integrated and notebook computers designed to connect to 230/240v mains voltage by a direct connection, by a permanently connected external power supply or an external power supply that can be disconnected from the computer.

Which computers are excluded?

Some of the products excluded are handheld computing devices (such as smartphones), game consoles, hand held gaming devices, thin client computers, workstations, high-end computers or computer servers that are not small-scale servers. The Determination provides a full list of exclusions in Australia.

Which computer monitors are covered?

A computer monitor is a display screen whose primary function is to display visual information generated by a computer, workstation or server via a wired or wireless connection.

Which computer monitors are excluded?

  • Electronic displays used exclusively for digital signage or digital picture frames.
  • Electronic displays used exclusively for advertising.
  • High-performance electronic displays.
  • Specialised electronic displays.
  • Displays used in public settings.
  • Products classified, marketed or sold as televisions or TVs (including products with an integrated television tuner).

Learn more about the registration process

The Energy Rating Label on computer monitors

The Energy Rating Label can give you all the information you need to select the most efficient and lowest cost computer monitor (to run) that also meets your needs.


Guide: Energy Rating Label

A simple, easy-to-read guide that explains how to interpret the Energy Rating Label and how purchasing a more efficient appliance can save money on energy bills.

View guide

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Search the registration database

Use the registration database to view and compare all products that are registered under the GEMS Act.

Registration database

Energy Rating Calculator

Compare the energy efficiency of fridges, televisions and computer monitors, clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, and air conditioners.

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Download the app

Use the Energy Rating Calculator app to compare the energy efficiency and running costs of similar products.

Go to Apps

Useful Resources

Visit the Australian Government's energy.gov.au website for useful information like:


Latest consultation:

15 Dec 2022 AEDT
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