Registration process

 

The four steps of the registration process.

Product registration

This section provides step by step instructions for importers, manufacturers and suppliers of products who wish to register a product with the Australian Regulator.

Products regulated for energy efficiency in Australia and New Zealand must be registered and meet a number of legal requirements before they can be sold or offered for supply.

If you are considering importing, manufacturing and supplying products to New Zealand please refer to the EECA website as the guidelines and regulations are slightly different.

Products registered in Australia are considered registered under the New Zealand Energy Efficiency (Energy using Products) Regulations 2002 and the product can be supplied in New Zealand provided the energy performance characteristics of that item comply with the standards for that item’s product class.

Note: The Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA) provides that products meeting New Zealand legal requirements may be sold in Australia without the need for an Australian registration, provided the product was imported into Australia from New Zealand and vice versa. The relevant legislation in Australia is the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Act 1997; and in New Zealand, the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement (TTMRA).

To apply for registration in either country you will need to complete an online application form on the Energy Rating Registration Site. You will be prompted to select either the Australian Regulator or the New Zealand Regulator when you start your application.

This page provides step-by-step instructions for importers, manufacturers and suppliers of products who wish to register a product with the Australian Regulator.

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Registration steps

1. Check if your product is regulated for energy efficiency and find out the legal requirements

The Australian GEMS Determinations outline which products are regulated and what the legal requirements are for that product. This may include minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and energy rating labelling requirements.

2. Check that your product is not already registered

More than one registration for the same product model is not allowed in Australia. This is because of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012 (GEMS Act).

Products that are registered and comply with the regulations are listed on the Registration Database. If you are unable to locate the product please ask the manufacturer or importer if you can see a copy of the product approval certificate.

3. Test the product or secure test results from the manufacturer

A test report demonstrates whether your product meets the minimum energy performance standards and determines what is declared on the product’s Energy Rating Label. You may need to provide a test report with your application for registration. The test report may show the results of testing you conduct (or have conducted for you), or be provided by the manufacturer of the product. Find out about the testing requirements for your products.

4. Check if you need to pay a registration fee

Applicants for Australian registrations are required to pay a registration fee as part of the application process. Find out what registration fees apply to your product.

5. Log in to the Energy Rating Registration Site

Log in as an existing user. If you are a new user, you will need to register for an online user account. New users will be contacted via email with their log on details.

6. Create an ‘Applicant’ or join an existing one

New Applicant

If your company is a new company, or you know that it has not previously supplied products in Australia, then it is unlikely to be set up as an Applicant. In this case, you will need to create a new Applicant account. For detailed instructions on how to do this, click here.

If you are an Agent for a company and creating a new Applicant, please remember to attach a Letter of Authorisation from your company prior to submitting your application. To see a sample Letter of Authorisation, click here.

Existing Applicant

In many cases, your company will already have an Applicant account created within the Registration Database. If you are aware of a product or products from your company being registered for supply in Australia, then your company will already be set up as an Applicant. If this is the case, you can request access to your company’s account by asking the Authorising Officer within your company to invite you to become an Authorised Representative. For more information on how to do this, click here.

Unsure?

If you are unsure about whether your company is registered as an Applicant, consult within your company or contact the Energy Rating Team via the Contact Us form before attempting to create a new Applicant account. Applications for new accounts with the same, or very similar, details to existing accounts are likely to be rejected.

You can find out further information in the Registration System Online Help section or in the Suppliers Guide to the Registration System.

7. Create an Energy Rating Label (if required)

Some products are required to display an Energy Rating Label when the product is supplied or offered for sale in a retail store. An editable Energy Rating Label template can be downloaded from the Energy Rating Registration Site. You need to have logged in and started an application before you can download the templates. The following appliances must display an energy rating label at the point-of-sale:

In retail stores

It is mandatory for the Energy Rating Label to be displayed on these products:

  • Air Conditioners (single phase, non-ducted)
  • Televisions
  • Clothes washers
  • Refrigerators
  • Clothes dryers
  • Freezers
  • Dishwashers
  • Computer Monitors

8. Complete an online product registration application and pay the fee

For detailed instructions for completing the online application, click here.

Your registration application can only be processed once all the required information is provided and you have paid the correct registration fee. If further information is needed, your application will returned to you for amendment. Please ensure the contact details for your Applicant account remain up-to-date.

Registration fees

9. Allow 14 days for your application to be processed

We aim to have your application approved within 14 days. Once your application has been approved, you will receive confirmation and a registration number. Australian registrants will also receive a registration approval certificate.

10. Exemptions

Any product classes that are outside the scope of the regulations are considered exclusions. These are generally outlined in the relevant Australian GEMS Determination or New Zealand Legislation.

In special circumstances you may be able to seek an exemption for models that are within the scope of the requirements but do not comply. To apply for an exemption you need to complete an Application for Exemption Form and lodge it with the Australian GEMS Regulator. Any exemption granted would be at the discretion of the regulator.

Note: The New Zealand regulator does not have the legislative power to issue product exemptions. For further information about exemptions see the relevant Australian legislation.

What you need to know

Rules for registering new products

Please note: a product model only needs to be registered once in order to use or sell the model in Australia.

Product models must meet regulatory standards before they can be registered. More than one registration for the same product model is not allowed in Australia. This is because of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards Act 2012.

Product models must also meet the following conditions:

  • the same model does not already exists within the product registration database
  • the same model exists with a different brand name
  • the same model exists and the 5-year registration period has expired or will expire within 6 months
  • the same model exists and is superseded and unavailable to the market.

If you enter a model number in an application for a model that has already been registered by you or someone else, a warning message will display. Do not continue to submit payment for this registration. Any additional applications to register an already-registered product model will not be accepted.

Re-registering an existing product

You can re-register an existing model to extend the registration period -- models need to be re-registered every five years. Re-register by submitting an application with a model number that has already been registered by the current applicant. When re-registering an existing model you will still see the warning, but you will need to proceed with your application to renew your product. You can apply to renew your registration six months before the expiry date.

Do you need to register many similar products?

If you need to register many similar products then you can use the Bulk Application process. You can upload an excel spreadsheet of your application information or you can create individual applications for each product. The bulk application can only be used for products where you would answer the same questions, but the responses may be different. Each bulk application can have up to 100 products.

Do you need to register a family of models?

Sometimes you can register a group of models as a family of models. This means you can register multiple models using a single registration. Whether you can do this depends on your GEMS Determination or Regulatory Standard. To determine if your models can be registered as a family of models, please refer to the applicable GEMS Determination and/or regulatory standard. Instructions on how to register a family of models is provided in the relevant section.

Submitting product registration applications to the Australian GEMS Regulator

Applicants submitting product registration applications to the Australian GEMS Regulator may be based in Australia or overseas.

Australian or overseas-based business can submit product registration applications to the Australian GEMS Regulator through the Energy Rating Registration website and by following the user guide. Businesses registered in Australia must provide an ACN (Australian Company Number) and / or an ABN (Australian Business Number) in the Create New Applicant process.

Submitting product registration applications to the New Zealand Regulator

Applicants submitting product registration applications to the New Zealand Regulator must be based – and already registered – in New Zealand.

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FAQs - Before you register

FAQs - Registering a Product

FAQs - Managing your registrations

Regulatory Standards

Standards are the vehicle through which performance requirements and test methods necessary to comply with the regulatory requirements of the program are specified.

  • Test method standards contain test procedure and ambient conditions such as the test method, performance measures and test materials
  • Performance standards cover product definitions, performance levels including MEPS, labelling algorithms and presentational requirements, test method requirements and registration requirements.

The following performance and test standards apply to products regulated under the E3 program.

Product

Test method standards

Performance standards

Air Conditioners

Chiller Towers

AS/NZS 4776.1.1:2008 (Rating)

AS/NZS 4776.2:2008

Close Control Units (CCUs)

AS/NZS 4965.1:2008

AS/NZS 4965.2:2008

Air Conditioners

 

 

 

AS/NZS 3823.1.1:2012 (Non-ducted)

AS/NZS 3823.1.2:2012 (Ducted)

AS/NZS 3823.1.3:2005 (Water-source)

AS/NZS 3823.1.4::2012 (Multi-split)

AS/NZS 3823.3:2005 (Simulation)

 

Commercial and Industrial

Refrigerator Display Cabinets

AS 1731.1-13:2003 / Amdt 1 - 2005

AS 1731.14:2003 / Amdt 2 - 2012

Distribution Transformers

AS 60076.11:2006 (Dry Type)

AS 60076.1:2005 (Oil Immersed)

AS 2374.1.2:2003

Electric Motors (Three Phase)

AS/NZS 1359.102.3:2000 (Method A),

AS 1359.102.1:1997 (Method B)

AS/NZS 1359.5:2004

Water Heating

Electric Water Heaters

AS/NZS 4692.1:2005

AS /Amdt1–2011 1056.1:1991/Amdt5-2005

NZ 4602:1998

NZ 4602 .1:1989

AS/NZS 4692.2:2005

AS 1056.1/Amdt3-1996 NZ 4602:1998

NZ 4606.1:1989

Gas Water Heaters

AS 4552:2005

AS/NZS 4552.2:2010

Home Entertainment and ICT

External Power Supplies

AS/NZS  4665.1:2005/Amdt1-2009

AS/NZS  4665.2:2005/Amdt1-2009

Simple Set Top Box

AS/NZS 62087.1:2010

AS/NZS 62087.2.1:2008

Televisions

AS/NZS 62087.1:2010

AS/NZS 62087.2.2:2011

Computers

     AS/NZS 5813.1:2012

 

AS/NZS 5813.2:2012

 

Computer Monitors

 

    AS/NZS 5815.1:2012

 

  AS/NZS 5815.2:2013

 

Lighting

Transformers & Converters for Halogen

AS/NZS 4879.1:2008

AS/NZS 4879.2:2010

Ballasts for Fluorescent Lamps

AS/NZS 4783.1:2001

AS/NZS 4783.2:2002

Linear Fluorescent Lamps

AS/NZS 4782.1:2004 (IEC60081),

AS/NZS 4782.3:2014

AS/NZS 4782.2:2004/Amdt 2:2006,

NZHB 4782.2

Self Ballasted CFLs

AS/NZS 4847.1:2010, AS/NZS 4782.3:2014

AS/NZS 4847.2:2010/Amdt 1:2011

Incandescent Lamps

AS/NZS 4934.1:2014

AS 4934.2-2011

Whitegoods

Clothes Dryers

AS/NZS 2442.1:1996/Amdt4: 2006

AS/NZS  2442.2:2000/Amdt2:2007

Clothes Washers

AS/NZS  2040.1:2005/Amdt3:2010

AS/NZS 2040.2:2005/Amdt1:2012

Dishwashers

AS/NZS 2007.1:2005

AS/NZS 2007.2:2005/Amdt1:2012

Refrigerators

Freezers

AS/NZS 4474.1:2007/Amdt2:2011

AS/NZS 4474.2: 2009/Amdt2:2014

Glossary of terms

Term

Definition

4E

Efficient Electrical End-use Equipment – an implementing agreement under the IEC

A/NZ

Australia/New Zealand

Base Energy Consumption

The nominal energy consumption of an appliance of a given rated capacity with a Star Rating of 1.00. (Units: kilowatt hours/year).

BAU

Business As Usual: assumed circumstances under which no policy intervention has been taken

CFLs

Compact Fluorescent Lamps

Checktest

A full or part test in accordance with the relevant Standard to verify the minimum performance requirements and/or claims made on energy labels of an individual brand and model.

CO2-e

Carbon dioxide equivalent

Comparative Energy Consumption

The nominal energy consumption of an appliance. For all appliances, except air conditioners, it is based on the average projected annual energy consumption for the appliance. (Units: kilowatt hours/year). For air conditioners it is based on the estimate of energy used by a single unit per hour of use at rated power for cooling and/or heating as applicable. (Units: kilowatt hours/hour). The Comparative Energy Consumption appears on the energy label.

CPRS

Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme

DCCEE

Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

DEWHA

Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

E2WG

Energy Efficiency Working Group

E3 Program

Equipment Energy Efficiency Program (formerly known as the National Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Program)

Field Use Factor

A factor used to calculate clothes dryer star ratings that takes account of the over-drying that occurs in timer and manual clothes dryers compared to auto-sensing dryers.

GEMS

Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards

MEPS

Minimum Energy Performance Standards

NAEEEP

The National Appliance and Equipment Energy Efficiency Program – now the E3 Program

NATA

National Association of Testing Authorities

NFEE

National Framework for Energy Efficiency

NSEE

National Strategy for Energy Efficiency

OBPR

Office of Best Practice Regulation – a part of the Australian Government’s Department of Finance and Deregulation

Projected Annual Energy Consumption

The estimate of energy used by a model or single unit during one year’s use. It assumes a particular number of uses in one year (refrigerators and freezers are assumed to run continuously). (Units: kilowatt hours/year)

RIS

Regulatory Impact Statement

Star Rating

The number of stars displayed on the energy label. Available stars are between a minimum of one and a maximum of ten, the first six in half star intervals and then up to ten for super efficient appliances in full star increments. The star rating is calculated from the Star Rating Index and is always rounded down to the nearest star.

Star Rating Index (SRI)

An indication of the claimed energy efficiency of an appliance. A higher Star Rating Index indicates higher energy efficiency. The Star Rating Index is a decimal version of the star rating. Simply speaking this is a more exact version of the star rating. Whereas a star rating is always stated in half stars (or whole numbers for super efficient appliances above six stars and up to a maximum of ten), the SRI is given to one decimal place. For example, one appliance may have an SRI of 4.1 whilst a comparable appliance may score 4.4, both units would be labelled as 4 star rated but the unit with the higher SRI would in fact be more efficient.