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Selling or supplying a dryer

This page is for those selling or supplying dryers in Australia, who may have obligations under the legislation.


If you sell or supply clothes dryers, you need to know your obligations under the GEMS Act.

By law, every clothes dryer sold or supplied within Australia and New Zealand must be registered with the GEMS Regulator -- and it must meet a minimum standard for energy efficiency before it can be registered. All dryers are also required under the legislation to physically display the Energy Rating Label when offered for sale in retail stores -- and retailers are encouraged to display the label voluntary in their online stores.

Explore this page to learn:

  • is the dryer you sell or supply regulated?
  • the regulatory requirements for clothes dryers
  • how to register a dryer for sale or supply
  • compliance and enforcement.

If you are a consumer shopping for a new dryer, visit our Dryer buyers' guide page, if you are a retailer visit our Washer and dryer sellers' guide page.


Is your dryer model regulated?

Find out which GEMS determination or regulatory standard applies to your product

All products covered by energy efficiency regulations must meet certain requirements before they can be supplied or sold in Australia or New Zealand.

Depending on the product, this may include Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), Energy Rating Label requirements or both. There are specific requirements relevant to Australia and New Zealand.

Regulatory requirements

Clothes dryers are subject to both Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and Energy Rating Label requirements in Australia and New Zealand.

Clothes dryers imported for sale or supply are required to meet MEPS and Energy Rating Label requirements. The full technical details for MEPS and ERL are specified in AS/NZS2442.1:1996 and AS/NZS2442.2:2000.

Standards are available for purchase from SAI Global or





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Which clothes dryers are covered?

The regulatory requirements cover clothes drying machines that are ordinarily supplied and used for personal, domestic and household purposes. Please refer to the Determination for more information.

Learn more about the registration process


Products regulated for energy efficiency in Australia and New Zealand must be registered and meet a number of legal requirements before they can be sold or offered for supply.

To apply for registration in either country you will need to complete an online application form on the Energy Rating Registration Site. You will be prompted to select either the Australian Regulator or the New Zealand Regulator when you start your application.

For step-by-step instructions for importers, manufacturers and suppliers of products who wish to register a product with the Australian Regulator, visit our How to register a product page.

How to register a product

Compliance and enforcement

If you sell or supply dryers, you need to know your compliance obligations under the legislation or you could be subject to enforcement actions.

The GEMS Regulator’s compliance objective is to maximise the number of responsible parties (individuals or organisations having obligations under the GEMS Act and who may be held liable for a contravention) who choose to voluntarily comply with the Act, whilst implementing strategies and responses to identify, and then deter, non-compliance. 

Learn more about the compliance policy and process -- as well as the process of investigation and dealing with allegations of non-compliance.


Information for consumers

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If you're a shopper looking for information on buying a new energy efficient dryer, visit our Buying a new dryer page. Learn how to choose a model that suits your needs, uses less electricity and saves you money.

Buying a new dryer


Information for retailers and tradies

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Are you a retail sales professional or tradie with expertise in selling or supplying whitegoods? If you want to know more about energy efficiency in washers and dryers and how to answer your customers questions, visit our Washer and dryer sellers guide page.

Selling washers and dryers

FAQs: The Energy Rating Label on clothes dryers

The Energy Rating Label can give you all the information you need to select the most efficient and lowest cost clothes dryer (to run) that also meets your needs.

How can I calculate what the clothes dryer will cost to run?

As the price of electricity can change over time and is based on where you live, the cost of running the clothes dryer is not given on the label.  Instead, the label gives you the amount of energy the clothes dryer uses in kilowatt hours (kWh).

To calculate the annual cost of running the clothes dryer, multiply the kWh figure by the cost of electricity in your area.

For example, the clothes dryer you are looking at says on the label that it uses 750kWh per year You know from your electricity bill that the price of electricity in your area is 29 cents per kWh. Simply multiple the kWh number by the electricity price to find the cost of running that clothes dryer each year. In this example, it would be $217per year.

What does the number of stars mean?

The number of stars on the label also helps you compare the efficiency of one clothes dryer to another of the same or similar capacity. For example, a 5kg clothes dryer with 4 stars is more efficient than another 5kg clothes dryer with only 2 stars. Unfortunately, the number of stars cannot be used to compare clothes dryers of different capacities because the size of the clothes dryers is used to calculate how many stars it can receive.

How do I use the energy consumption and stars together?

Both the energy consumption and the number of stars can be used together to give you all the information you need about the energy performance of the clothes dryer. This information can then be taken into account in your purchasing decision.

For example, two different 5kg clothes dryers have all the features you want but the energy rating label says Clothes Dryer A has 3.5 stars and uses 395kWh per year,and Clothes Dryer B has 4 stars but uses 290kWh per year. In this example, you would choose Clothes Dryer B as it is more efficient than Clothes Dryer A because it uses less energy to get more stars.

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