74. WELS & The Energy Rating Label - Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) Scheme

As contemporary residential designers in Newcastle we find it useful for our clients to undertsand the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.

The following information is extracted from the Australian Government website, who are the regulating body for the Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) scheme.

Star Rating


At the top of the water rating label, the star rating shows the water efficiency of the product. Understanding the star rating is easy — the more stars, the more water efficient the product is.

Use the star rating to compare the water efficiency of different products at a glance.

Water Consumption

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The middle section of the label shows the amount of water used by the product. Details of consumption rate displayed on the label vary by product type:

  • Dishwashers — litres per wash, load capacity of the machine
  • Showers — litres per minute
  • Taps — litres per minute
  • Toilets — litres per average flush, litres per full flush, and litres per half flush
  • Washing Machines — litres per wash, load capacity of the machine.

Use these figures to estimate how much water the product will use.

Registration and Product Details


At the bottom of the label you can find the registration and product information. This includes:

  • The company that registered the product
  • The licence number
  • The standards that guide how products are tested.

Use the information in this section of the label to decide if the model and cycle tested meet your needs, and to search our product database to verify the water rating information.

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