Home Design Guides: Kitchen, Regulations

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WELS labels and ratings

Water-producing bathroom fittings in Australia need to comply with basic water-efficiency standards. As a part of the WELS scheme, they are rated and given a label that shows how efficient they are.

WaterMark labels

The WaterMark certification label signifies that a plumbing product complies with certain quality and performance standards.

Distance between water and power points

Regulations in Australia restrict where you're able to position power points in relation to sinks and taps. Find out what the rules say, and how far your power points will need to be from your kitchen sink.

Gas installation and use

There are special laws and regulations in place in Australia that control to how gas appliances should be chosen, who can install them and who can maintain them. Here's what you need to know.

Dishwasher installation guidelines and regulations

Because they use both water and electricity, there are certain rules and regulations that apply to how a dishwasher can be installed in your house. These exist to prevent damage to your house, and to keep you safe.

Cooktop and oven installation requirements

Cooktop and oven installation requirements

How your oven, cooktop and rangehood are installed (and who they're installed by) are fairly strictly regulated in Australia, for obvious reasons. Here's a run-down of the kinds of considerations that need to be met.

Bench regulations

Kitchen bench regulations

There are some fairly well-defined rules when it comes to how kitchen benchtops should be installed. Read more about what these are.

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Splashback regulations

Splashback regulations

There are certain restrictions that apply to splashbacks, most significantly determining where they should be installed and how big they need to be. Read more about splashback regulations.

Appliance regulations

Kitchen appliance regulations

Buying and fitting major kitchen appliances isn't always as easy as just putting them where they'll fit and plugging them in.

Sink and tap regulations

There are several regulations in Australia that affect how you buy plumbing products, how they need to be positioned in relation to other parts of your kitchen, and how they need to be installed.

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