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2009 Survey on Compliance of White Goods with Australian Labeling Regulations


Energy Efficiency programs have been in operation in Australia for 20 years. State Government legislation and regulations give force to the performance and labeling requirements contained in the relevant Australian Standards. These efforts intensified with the National Appliance and Equipment Energy initiatives from 1992, which were refreshed in 2004 by the National Framework for Energy Efficiency.

The Australian Refrigeration Council Ltd (ARC) was appointed by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) to undertake a store survey to examine the level of compliance of white goods to mandatory product registration and energy efficiency labeling. The survey examined refrigerators, freezers, dishwashers, clothes washers and clothes dryers in 256 stores throughout Australia inspecting 24,851 products on display during May and June 2009.

The survey targeted retail outlets selling white goods in all jurisdictions of Australia with the exception of the Northern Territory. The survey included stores in capital cities, suburban locations and in rural areas as well as products offered through the internet.

The study found the national compliance rate for Energy Efficiency labeling was 98.1% and the national compliance rate for meeting the legislative requirement to register products prior to offering them for sale was 99.4% for all inspected white goods.

The compliance rates for energy efficiency labeling in jurisdictions were:

  • Western Australia 99.7 %
  • Tasmania 99.7 %
  • Victoria 98.7 %
  • South Australia 98.2 %
  • Queensland 97.5 %
  • New South Wales 97.4 %
  • ACT 95.9 %

The survey confirms virtually all white goods appliances comply with the Energy Efficiency Program’s registration and labeling requirements.