Commonwealth legislation

Review of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management (OPSGGM) Programme

About the legislation

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 and related Acts (the Ozone Acts) protect the environment by reducing emissions of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases (SGGs). The Ozone Acts control the manufacture, import, export and end use of ODS and SGGs and products containing these gases. These gases are commonly used as refrigerant gases in refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.

The Ozone Acts are supported by the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995 and related regulations.

Review of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management (OPSGGM) Programme

Australia has a long history of success in reducing emissions of ODS and SGGs through working in partnership with businesses that supply and use these gases. While the Ozone Acts have been successful to date, they have not been reviewed since 2001 and so it is timely to assess their appropriateness, efficiency and effectiveness.

The review was announced by the Minister for the Environment on 23 May 2014.

The objectives of the review are to:

  • Identify opportunities to improve and streamline the operation of the Ozone Acts including reducing regulatory compliance costs for business and the community
  • Identify opportunities to reduce emissions of ODS and SGGs in line with international efforts.

Initial Public Consultation

The initial public consultation commenced on 23 May 2014 and ended on 18 July 2014.

Options paper

The Options Paper has been prepared to seek further input from interested businesses, groups and individuals on the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Programme Review (OPSGGM Programme Review). It was developed after receiving public submissions, as well as consultation with an industry representative technical working group, individual stakeholders, and Commonwealth agencies.

The paper provides four preliminary Options Packages, ranging from minimum reform to meet the objectives of the review to high level reform to achieve maximum emission reduction, efficiency and effectiveness gains. The option packages are meaningful groupings of reform measures which have been developed to aid discussion and are not recommendations.

The Options Paper is supported by attachments including a technical analysis, environmental impact analysis and cost benefit analysis:

Attachments to the options paper:

The Department invites submissions to the options presented in this Options Paper and attachments to the paper, by COB Monday 16 November 2015, from industry groups, businesses, members of the community, state and territory governments, local government and any other interested parties. Details on how to make a submission are included in the Options paper.

It is preferred that submissions do not contain confidential elements to be consistent with a transparent review and decision making processes.

All submissions will be treated as public documents, unless the author(s) of the submission clearly requests otherwise. Public submissions may be published in full on the Department’s website, including any personal information of authors and/or other third parties contained in the submission.

Information Sessions on the Review

Information sessions on the review are planned to be held in Sydney on 20 October 2015, in Melbourne on 21 October 2015, and in Brisbane on 22 October 2015. To register for an information session and to receive information on the venue and time please send an email to

Technical Working Group

The Technical Working Group to the review was established to provide detailed comments and technical advice to the Department throughout the review. The Technical Working Group is made up of representatives from a range of industries impacted by the legislation. Technical Working Group members are: Victorian Automobile Chamber of Commerce, Australian Industry Group, Fire Protection Association of Australia, Plastics and Chemicals Industry Association Australia, Refrigerant Reclaim Australia, Automotive Air conditioning, Electrical and Cooling Technicians of Australia (VASA), Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating, Air conditioning and Mechanical Contractors Association, Air conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturers Association, Refrigerants Australia, Australian Refrigeration Association.

Action Taken in Other Countries

The following information is provided as useful background on action taken in other countries

Additional information submitted by Canada and the United States