Australia Presented New Energy Labels and SEER Ratings for Air Conditioners

June 5, 2019


On April 1, 2019, the Australian Government published a new GEMS Determination 2019 for air conditioners up to 65kW.


The Determination introduces a new energy rating label for air conditioners and revised Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for portable air conditioners.


The Determination introduces the following changes to the requirements of Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012:


  • Adopt the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) standard for rating the air conditioner energy efficiency

  • Remove the existing Energy Rating Label and replace it with a new Zoned Energy Rating Label

  • For double-duct portable air conditioners, reduce the MEPS and apply the Zoned Energy Rating Label

  • For single-duct portable air conditioners, apply MEPS to single-duct portable air conditioners and apply the Zoned Energy Rating Label (tested to AS/NZS 3823.1.5).

  • Air Conditioners registered under the new Determination will be able to display the new energy rating label


For the vast majority of air conditioners covered by the Determination, the MEPS will not change. The MEPS levels for double-duct portable air conditioners will be lowered to 2.50.  Single-duct portable air conditioners will be subject to MEPS for the first time with the MEPS set at the same level as for double-duct portable air conditioners. This change will level the playing field between the two products while removing the least efficient single-duct air conditioners from the market.


There is a transition period when suppliers can register air conditioners in accordance with the previous 2013 Determination or the new 2019 Determination.


From April 1, 2020, suppliers will only be permitted to register air conditioners under 65 kW in accordance with the 2019 Determination.


The new format energy labels and SEER ratings will be mandatory for products being registered, imported or manufactured from April 1, 2020.


Example of the new Energy rating label:



The official document is available here.

The information has been prepared by the GMA Consult Group team.


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