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A six week consultation is now taking place for new legislation which will allow Australian, state and territory governments to significantly expand and accelerate energy efficiency for appliances and equipment in the future.

Submissions are welcome by 1 March 2010 in response to the consultation regulation impact statement available for download on this page which outlines the costs and benefits of a range of design features and legislative models.

Interested parties may also like to attend one of the stakeholder information forums taking place around the country in the week commencing 10 February 2010. A program of events is available on this page.

In addition to exploring opportunities to improve and streamline the existing appliance energy efficiency program, the Consultation RIS weighs up the advantages of:

This consultation is the first step in a commitment by the Council of Australian Governments, through the release of a National Strategy on Energy Efficiency in July 2009, to look at new national legislation for minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and energy labelling.

Downloading the PDF Version

The full document is available as a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view it. The Adobe Reader is a free product.

Download PDF version Link to PDF Consultation Regulation Impact Statement: National Legislation for Appliance and Equipment Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Energy Labelling - January 2010 (615kB)

If you are unable to access this document, please contact the The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts to organise a suitable alternative format.

Public Comments - guide to submissions

The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts invites stakeholders to comment on the consultation regulation impact statement and share their experiences of the current MEPS and energy labelling program.

Feedback will guide decision-making as the design of the national legislation is finalised.

Please provide any feedback by 9am Monday, 1 March 2010 to:

GEMS Legislation Team
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787

or GEMS Legislation Team

Public consultation forums

A series of consultation forums will be held around Australia to assist stakeholders to finalise submissions. Details of consultation forums are as follows:

City Date Venue
Canberra 10 February 2010 DEWHA Offices, 5 Farrell Pl, Civic
Sydney 11 February 2010 Medina Grand Sydney, 511 Kent St, Sydney
Melbourne 12 February 2010 Rendezvous Hotel, 328 Flinders St, Melbourne
Brisbane 15 February 2010 Hotel Grand Chancellor, 23 Leichhardt St, Brisbane
Perth 18 February 2010 WA Office of Energy, Governor Stirling Tower, 197 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Adelaide 19 February 2010 Allegra Hotel, 55 Waymouth St, Adelaide

All forums will run between 10am and 12pm. If you plan to attend, kindly RSVP by email to GEMS Legislation Team one week prior to the date of the relevant forum.


The views and opinions expressed in this Consultation RIS do not necessarily reflect those of the Australian Government, the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts or the Minister for Climate Change and Water or of the government jurisdictions party to the National Strategy on Energy Efficiency.

This page last modified 21 January 2010

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