Ozone Depleting Substances and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act) and its Regulations help ensure Australia meets legal obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Legislation, Ozone Depleting Substances & Synthetic Greenhouse Gases

The Act controls the manufacture, import and export of all Ozone Depleting Substances (ODSs) and Synthetic Greenhouse Gases (SGGs) while the Regulations control major end-uses.

The Omnibus Repeal Day (Autumn 2014) Act 2014 has changed the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989, the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Import Levy) Act 1995, and the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Manufacture Levy) Act 1995. Find out more

 

International agreements & legislation

National regulations

 

Licences and reporting requirements

A licence is required to import, export or manufacture ODSs and SGGs and to import refrigeration and air conditioning equipment that contains a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) or equipment that contains synthetic greenhouse gasses, unless an exepmtion applies.

Export Refund Scheme – Applications close on 31 December 2015

The Clean Energy Legislation (Carbon Tax Repeal) Act 2014 provides that applications for export refunds (made under s69AA) must be made before 1 January 2016.

No applications for export refunds can be accepted after 31 December 2015.Find out more.

Ozone science research and resources

Find out more about the ozone layer and ozone depletion.