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2015 Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards scheme review

​​​​​​​​​The second five-yearly statutory review of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme was completed in 2015.

This review examined the:

  • appropriateness, efficiency and effectiveness of the WELS scheme and the extent to which is has delivered the objectives of the WELS Act
  • regulatory impacts of the scheme and opportunities to streamline requirements, reduce the costs for business and improve consumer information.

The Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment at the time, Senator Simon Birmingham, appointed Mr Tom Mollenkopf to lead the review. Mr Mollenkopf, an independent consultant and Senior Associate at Aither, brought a wealth of experience on water related matters at the international, national and state levels. Mr Mollenkopf’s areas of expertise include urban water management, water utilities and the broader water industry. Mr Mollenkopf was advised by the WELS Advisory Group as a dedicated stakeholder group.

The review process included the release of a discussion paper to inform public consultation, review of public submissions, consultation with WELS stakeholders and the release of a final report.

The WELS Strategic Plan 2016–19 was produced in response to recommendations of this review.

Final report

Publication details

Aither, for the Department of the Environment, 2015

The Second Independent Review of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme was tabled in Parliament on 19 August 2015.

The report details how the review was conducted, the current activities of the WELS scheme, the benefits and costs of the scheme, and the outcomes of the review including recommendations on possible improvements to the scheme.

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Second Independent Review of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme PDF2241.73 MB
Second Independent Review of the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Scheme DOCX22416.1 MB

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Joint government response

Publication details

Australian Government, 2016

Australian, state and territory governments reviewed the findings of the report and agreed a joint government response that addresses each recommendation.

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Joint Government Response to the Second Independent Review of the WELS Scheme PDF4124 KB
Joint Government Response to the Second Independent Review of the WELS Scheme DOCX440 KB

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