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Household and consumer electronics

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This page should be read in conjunction with the general information on compliance and labelling requirements available on the Supplying products in Australia page.

Household and consumer electronic products include (but are not limited to):

  • white goods – refrigerators, clothes driers, dishwashers and washing machines
  • kitchen appliances – toasters, blenders, wall ovens and cooktops
  • sound and television equipment – large screen televisions, audio and gaming consoles
  • information technology equipment – mobile telephones, tablets, laptops, computers, Wi-Fi equipment, modems and routers
  • heating and cooling equipment – fans, air conditioners and heaters
  • some medical devices.

Given their ubiquity, household and consumer electronic products are a significant potential source of interference from unintended radiocommunications emissions.

ACMA regulatory arrangements

Household and consumer electronic products may be subject to one or more of the following:

ACMA technical standards

The regulatory arrangements require a supplier to demonstrate product compliance with an applicable technical standard. The ACMA technical standards usually reference standards developed by industry. Referenced standards can include Australian standards published by Standards Australia, international standards, and standards developed by other bodies including Communications Alliance and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).

Information specific to suppliers of household and consumer electronic products

  • The EMC regulatory arrangements specify limits for emissions. However, they do not specify requirements for equipment susceptibility to any received emissions. Susceptibility to received emissions is commonly referred to as immunity. While immunity levels are referenced in many EMC industry standards, they are not a requirement for Australia.  
  • It is important to discriminate between unintentional and intentional emissions. Intentional emissions or transmissions from devices are subject to the ACMA's Radiocommunications regulatory arrangements.
  • In some cases, the radiocommunications and EMC arrangements are mutually exclusive (that is, a device that is only a radiocommunications transmitter is not subject to the EMC arrangements). However, any device that has an inbuilt transmitter but that can operate without the transmitter functioning is captured by the EMC arrangements. For example, a laptop with Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth connectivity will have to meet requirements under the radiocommunications regulatory arrangements and the EME regulatory arrangements. The laptop will also have to meet requirements under the EMC regulatory arrangements because it can be used when the transmitters are inactivated or not in use.

Electrical equipment safety requirements

Many household and consumer electronic products are mains powered and therefore subject to regulatory requirements under State and Territory electrical equipment safety legislation. The ACMA has no regulatory responsibility for electrical equipment safety. Information about electrical equipment safety is available from Questions should be directed to the Electrical Regulatory Authorities Council (ERAC) Secretariat via email at

More information

Advice for suppliers on equipment compliance and labelling is available on the ACMA website.

If you have any questions about the regulatory arrangements, please contact the ACMA's Customer Service Centre on 1300 850 115 or

Please note: this page is intended as a guide only and should not be relied on as legal advice or regarded as a substitute for legal advice in individual cases.


Last updated: 22 January 2016