Consultation open on Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards review

25 January 2021

Consultation is now open on the independent review of Australia’s national Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said this will be the third five-yearly review of the WELS scheme mandated under the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005.

“The WELS scheme requires specified products to be registered and labelled with their water efficiency in accordance with the standard set under the WELS Act,” Minister Pitt said.

“Labelling water-using products with their water consumption guides purchasing decisions, driving reductions in demand for water and encouraging competition amongst suppliers to reduce their products’ water consumption.

“The WELS Scheme has been estimated to save 141GL of water a year nationally —enough to fill more than 56,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools.

“This in turn saves Australian householders and businesses more than $1.2 billion off their annual water and energy bills.”

The independent reviewer, Alan and Clarke Consulting, has prepared a discussion paper and is now seeking public feedback, particularly from co-regulators, trading partners, industry, product registrants, importers and retailers, consumers and consumer advocates, relevant environmental and water associations and members of the general public.

Feedback will help inform the independent reviewer’s final report and will be provided later in the year.

Feedback can be provided from Monday 25 January 2021 until Thursday 25 February 2021 at https://haveyoursay.awe.gov.au/open-consultations

Information about the WELS scheme can be found at www.waterrating.gov.au