Australia Market Access For Electrical and R&TT Products
In order to access the market of Australia, products must get all approvals required by the government of the country.
The Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) is the regulatory body of electrical safety regulators in Australia. ERAC ensures electrical safety regulatory systems are contemporary and harmonized wherever possible.
There is a national database where all suppliers and certain types of equipment must be registered prior to being offered for sale.
Product categories which fall under the scope of the Safety approval are:
Greater than 50 V AC RMS or 120V ripple-free DC (Extra-low voltage)
Less than 1000V AC RMS or 1500V ripple-free DC (high voltage)
In-scope electrical equipment must be designed or marketed as suitable for household, personal or similar use.
Risk-based equipment is classified into 3 levels (Level 3, Level 2 and Level 1) with different requirements for each level.
Level 1 — low-risk devices
battery-powered LED torches
battery-powered pocket calculators
A battery-powered device is a device that is not capable of being connected, directly or indirectly, to an external power supply.
Level 2 — medium-risk devices — devices that are not high-risk devices.
video game consoles
mobile phone chargers
compact fluorescent lamps
Level 3 — high-risk devices
Induction heating equipment
Arc welding equipment
RF Welding equipment
Certificate of conformity is required for products of Level 3 along with the Equipment Declaration.
Telecom, Wireless, EMC, and EME approvals
A certification by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) equates to Australian market approval for manufacturers of wireless technology products.
The main task of ACMA is to regulate telecommunications matters in the country by means of laws, regulations, standards, and legal norms.
The part of this task also relates to the approval of products with radio technologies for the Australian market. Such ACMA certification is therefore the decisive prerequisite for manufacturers to be able to market their products in Australia. These include the need for local testing for certain equipment on site in Australia or the involvement of a local representative to carry out and complete the certification process.
Under ACMA the following categories of products has to be approved:
telecommunications customer equipment (CE) and customer cabling (CC)
electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) performance of electrical and electronic devices, vehicles, and devices with internal combustion engines
electromagnetic energy (EME) from radio transmitters, that are devices that are only radiocommunications transmitters are not subject to the EMC arrangements
An RCM compliance label requires to be placed on a device that has been certified by the supplier as meeting any applicable standards that apply to that device. There are requirements for the RCM compliance label including durability, legibility, positioning, font, and size.
Energy Efficiency approvals
The Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Regulator is the regulatory body responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the GEMS Act. It is assisted by GEMS inspectors who use inspection, monitoring, and investigation powers provided by the GEMS Act.
Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) specify the minimum level of energy performance that appliances, lighting, and electrical equipment must meet or exceed before they can be offered for sale or used for commercial purposes.
MEPS are mandatory for a range of products in Australia.
These products must be registered through an online register and meet a number of legal requirements before they can be sold. Products that are registered and comply with the regulations are listed on the National Registration Database. More than one registration for the same product model is not allowed in Australia. 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.
Under the GEMS Act, the following products are required to display an Energy Rating Label (ERL) at their point of sale in Australia:
Computers and Monitors
Swimming Pool Pumps
External Power Supplies
Space Heating and Cooling
Set Top Boxes & Video Recorders
Video Game Consoles
There are two mandatory types of labels:
Energy Rating Label
Zoned Energy Rating Label (ZERL)
The Energy Rating Label (ERL) provides consumers with energy performance information at point-of-sale on a range of products that are regulated under the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012. The ERL helps consumers to compare between similar product models through comparing their Star Rating and estimated annual energy consumption. More stars means more efficiency when compared to other models of the same size.
The Zoned Energy Rating Label (ZERL) provides enhanced information to consumers and advisors about product energy efficiency and other key performance attributes relevant to their location. It applies mainly to space conditioners and water heaters.
The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.
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