Refrigeration and airconditioning
The 2015 Review of work, health and safety issues in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry is now available.
There are national regulations applying to people who acquire, possess, dispose of or handle ozone depleting substances (ODSs) or synthetic greenhouse gases (SGGs) in the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) industry.
Under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995, persons who handle these substances in bulk or in equipment, and people who work on equipment containing these gases, are required to hold a Refrigerant Handling Licence.
Companies or persons who acquire, possess or dispose of these substances are required to hold a Refrigerant Trading Authorisation.
Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC)
The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) is appointed as the Industry Board to administer these licences and authorisations. More information regarding the licensing system is available on the ARC website.
A list of refrigerant trading authorisations can be found by using the ARC authorised business search.
Information tailored for you:
For information related to buying, maintaining or decommissioning air conditioners, refrigerators and other refrigeration and air conditioning equipment; how to find a licensed technician in your area; find out more about ozone, climate change and refrigerant gases.
For information related to refrigerant handling, in bulk or in equipment (e.g. air conditioners, refrigerators); Refrigerant Handling Licences; Transitional Licences.
For information related to acquiring, possessing or disposing of refrigerants; the manufacture of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment; Refrigerant Trading Authorisations.
Importers / Exporters
Licences and reporting requirements for the import, export and manufacture of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and synthetic greenhouse gases (SGG).
Application fees for refrigeration handling licences and trading authorisations
Application fees for refrigeration handling licences and trading authorisations have been indexed since 1 January 2014, based on the wage price index published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (Catalog 6345.0). Fee indexation is set out in Regulation 346 of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995.
|Permit Type||Application fee
from 1 January 2015
|Refrigerant Handling Licence (2 years)||$137|
|Restricted Refrigerant Handling Licence (1 year)||$69|
|Trainee Refrigerant Handling Licence (1 year)||$28|
|Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (2 years)||$442|
|Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (1 year)||$221|
|Restricted Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (2 years)||$137|
For more information on licence structure fees, or on applying for refrigerant handling licences or trading authorisations, visit the Australian Refrigeration Council's website at www.arctick.org/fee_structure.php