Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act
The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme is Australia's water efficiency labelling scheme that requires certain products to be registered and labelled with their water efficiency in accordance with the standard set under the national Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Act 2005 (the WELS Act).
The WELS scheme completed its fifth year of operation in 2009-10. Consistent with the requirements of section 76 of the WELS Act, an independent review of the scheme's five years of operation was undertaken. The review was required to consider the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of the scheme and made recommendations for its improvement.
- Call for feedback on the final report and joint governments' initial response - comments due 24 January 2011
Compliance and enforcementThe Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities administers the WELS Act.
Company breaches Water Efficiency and Labelling laws
An enforceable undertaking was accepted on 25 February 2010 from Highrove Trading Pty Ltd following an investigation by the federal environment department into allegations of non-compliance with the WELS Act.
Highgrove Trading Pty Ltd has cooperated with the Department's investigation and has given the enforceable undertaking to the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme (WELS) Regulator.
- Company breaches Water Efficiency and Labelling laws - media release xx December 2010
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