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Guidance - Labelling of WELS products in advertising materials

Department of the Environment, 2014

This document is issued by the WELS Regulator as guidance on the labelling requirements of AS/NZS 6400:2016 Water efficient products - Rating and labelling (Amendment 6) (the Standard) in relation to labelling of WELS products in advertising materials.

Where a WELS product is being advertised in print (including online), information on the water efficiency rating of the product can be conveyed in two ways:

  1. An illustrated WELS water rating (star arch) label (in accordance with Appendix B3 of the Standard), which may be proportionally scaled between a maximum of 146mm x 90mm and a minimum of 28mm x 18mm so long as it remains readable with normal or corrected vision; or
  2. Text advice, stating the approved water efficiency star rating and the associated water consumption figure for the registered product. Examples of acceptable text advice for each type of WELS product are as follows:
    • Clothes washing machines

      "WELS star rating, water consumption per wash, load capacity"
      e.g. WELS 5 Star, 50L/wash, 7kg capacity

    • Combination Washer/Dryers - Dryer function

      "Additional water consumption in dryer mode per load"
      e.g. Dryer mode 36L/4kg load

    • Dishwashers

      "WELS star rating, water consumption per wash, number of place settings"
      e.g. WELS 4.5 Star, 12.7L per wash, 14 place settings

    • Lavatories

      "WELS star rating, water consumption for full, half and average flush"
      e.g. WELS, 3 Star, 6L/full, 3L/half, 3.6L/avg flush

    • Taps, showers, flow controllers

      "WELS star rating, water consumption per minute"
      e.g. WELS 3 Star, 9 litres per minute

    • Urinals

      "WELS star rating, water consumption per flush per stall"
      e.g. WELS, 6 Star, 0.8L/flush/stall

Examples of acceptable text advice for zero star products are as follows:

  • Dishwashers

    "WELS star rating, water consumption per wash, number of place settings"
    e.g. WELS 0 Star (warning), 27L per wash, 14 place settings

  • Taps, showers, flow controllers

    "WELS star rating, water consumption per minute"
    e.g. WELS 0 Star (warning), 29 litres per minute

The water rating label or text advice must be placed with the profiled registered product such that the text advice is prominent and makes a clear and obvious connection to the registered product.

If you have any queries in relation to the above, contact the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards Section of the Department of the Environment at 1800 218 478 or WELSCompliance@agriculture.gov.au