Fridges and freezers (domestic)

Domestic fridges and freezers must comply with minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and display the Energy Rating Label.

On 24 November 2017, Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Ministers (including Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods) agreed to the Decision Regulation Impact Statement for Household Refrigerators and Freezers, and accepted the following recommendations:

  • Tighten and align MEPS levels applicable to household refrigerators and freezers to those adopted in the United States of America as at 15 September 2014, and
  • Replace the regionally-specific AS/NZS 4474.1 test standard with the International Electrotechnical Committee (IEC) test standard IEC 62552 parts 1 to 3, published February 2015.

The E3 Programme is now working with stakeholders to revise the related AS/NZS 4474.2 performance standard and the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Household Refrigerating Appliances) Determination 2012. This is ahead of the introduction of new MEPS levels that are expected to become effective in Australia by 1 January 2021.

At the same time, EECA is working on updating the Energy Efficiency (Energy Using Products) Regulations 2002 in New Zealand within the same timeframe, subject to NZ Cabinet approval.

For New Zealand, the decision to accept the RIS recommendations approved by COAG Energy Ministers is still subject to Cabinet consideration and EECA will advise stakeholders on this in due course.

To view the Decision Regulation Impact Statement for Household Refrigerators and Freezers, visit the Energy Rating website.

Decision RIS - Household Refrigerators and Freezers - Energy Rating website


Consultation on the proposed changes that have now been approved by COAG Energy Ministers occurred in May. A Working Group was established with industry representatives to work through key technical and implementation issues.

More information on this proposal and the consultation that occurred is available on the Energy Rating website.

Consultation RIS - Household refrigerators and freezers - Energy Rating Website

Domestic refrigeration - Energy Rating website

For more information on how these decisions are being implemented in New Zealand, you can contact EECA at