List of licences granted under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989
Department of the Environment
Last updated: 11 February 2014
About the list
The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act) controls the manufacture, import and export of a range of ozone depleting substances (ODS) and synthetic greenhouse gases (SGG) in Australia. The import, export and manufacture of these 'controlled substances', and the import and manufacture of certain products containing or designed to contain some of these substances, is prohibited in Australia unless the correct licence or exemption is held.
There are four types of licences under the Act:
- Ozone Depleting Substance/Synthetic Greenhouse Gas equipment licences allow for the import of equipment that contains ozone depleting substances or synthetic greenhouse gasses, including refrigeration and airconditioning equipment, charged with an hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) or hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerant;
- Controlled substances licences allow for the import, export or manufacture of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), methyl bromide, hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) or perfluorocarbons (PFC);
- Essential uses licences allow for the import, export or manufacture of scheduled substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFC); halons, methyl chloroform (CH3CCl3), carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) and bromochloromethane (BCM) for uses which meet a very limited range of essential use criteria, including laboratory and analytical uses
- Used substances licences allow the import or export of used or recycled chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), halons, carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), methyl chloroform (CH3CCl3), methyl bromide and bromochloromethane (BCM).
- Exemptions granted under Section 40 allow for the import or manufacture of products listed under Schedule 4 of the Act. Exemptions are published in the Government Notices Gazette
Under Regulation 4 of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995, the Secretary may publish on the Department's website details of licences granted, cancelled and surrendered. The details are limited to the name of the licensee, the type of licence and the date on which the licence was granted, cancelled or surrendered.