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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

11 March 2005

Fresh tenders for ozone law licensing system


Fresh tenders have been called from organisations to administer the new ozone protection and synthetic gas laws for the refrigeration and air-conditioning industry.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said organisations could submit proposals to administer the licensing system on a national, sector or regional basis or a combination of all three.

He said the national licensing system would come into force on 1 July, replacing varying state and territory requirements.

"It is important the licensing system is administered as efficiently as possible as it directly affects 80,000 businesses and technicians in the industry," Senator Campbell said.

"I was not convinced that a single licensing board, as proposed, would be the most effective and cost efficient option. I am sure my decision to vigorously test the single board concept against other models will be in the best interests of the industry and consumers.

"This final, extra step will build on the investment already made by industry and other parties. I recognise their hard work."

Under the new requirements of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 , people handling refrigerant gases, including during installation, maintenance and decommissioning of vehicle air conditioners and building systems, must hold a national licence.

The tenders were advertised nationally today and will run again tomorrow. Details are also available on
www.deh.gov.au/atmosphere/ozone

Media Contact:
Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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