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Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Check Testing Services
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Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart
On 1 October 2012, Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) legislation came into effect, creating a national framework for appliances and equipment energy efficiency in Australia.
The Australian Government Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources is responsible for the Australian GEMS Regulator and responsible for administering the legislation. All states and territories (except the Northern Territory) support this national scheme through the Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program.
The legal instruments that set out the program requirements are the:
• Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012
• GEMS (Registration Fees) Act 2012
• GEMS Regulation 2012
• GEMS Registration Fees Instrument
• GEMS (Authorisation Requirements for Testing GEMS Products) Instrument 2013.
• GEMS (Fees for GEMS Regulator Services) Instrument 2019.
The specific requirements for regulated products—including Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) and energy rating labelling requirements—are set out in legislative instruments called GEMS determinations.
Currently there are 22 products regulated under GEMS, 7 of which carry Energy Rating Labels (ERLs) and 20 that are subject to minimum energy performance requirements (MEPS). A further one product is allowed to carry a voluntary Energy Rating label. Another 4 products are currently being considered for regulation. The list of products is at Attachment 11.
An effective independent verification testing scheme is an important element of the delivery of the Program. Verification testing is the process of determining whether a product actually performs according to claims made by suppliers and whether products meet the requirements set out in GEMS determinations.
Accordingly, the Department invites suitably qualified consultants/contractors to submit a tender for verification testing (also known as Check Testing) of GEMS products.
1. The tenderer and any subcontractors proposed in the tender is required to not be named as not complying with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth).
2. The tenderer and any subcontractors proposed in the tender are not insolvent, bankrupt, in liquidation, or under administration or receivership.
3. The Tenderer, and any party proposed by the Tenderer to provide any of the Services, is required to not at the time of tender be listed as terrorists under section 15 of the Charter of the United Nations Act 1945 (Cth). A consolidated list of such persons, entities and associated assets is maintained by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under the Charter of the United Nations (Dealing with Assets) Regulations 2008 (Cth).
4. The tenderer is required to hold accreditation or provide evidence that they are in the process of obtaining accreditation to test one or more of the GEMS products listed at Attachment 11. The specific requirements are accreditation in accordance with ISO/IEC 17025:2017 (General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories).
The anticipated timeframe for the contract is July 2021 until July 2024 with a possible extension of 12 months