Refrigeration and airconditioning

New application fees for refrigeration handling licences and trading authorisations

Application fees for refrigeration handling licences and trading authorisations will increase from 1 January 2015 with indexation.

The indexation of fees has applied annually 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.

As the wage price index figures rose 2.5% between September 2013 and September 2014, Fire Protection licence application fees will increase by 2.5% from 1 January 2015.

Permit Type Current fee
Application fee
from 1 January 2015
Refrigerant Handling Licence (2 years) $134 $137
Restricted Refrigerant Handling Licence (1 year) $67 $69
Trainee Refrigerant Handling Licence (1 year) $27 $28
Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (2 years) $431 $442
Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (1 year) $216 $221
Restricted Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (2 years) $134 $137

Earlier changes to fees

Fees for the RAC licensing scheme had not changed since its inception in 2005 and an initial increase on 1 January 2013 was intended to cover the increase in the cost of administering the licensing scheme over time. The regulatory changes to fee setting in 2013 also established a basis for the indexation of fees to ensure they continued to cover costs into the future.

More information

For more information on the fee increases, or on applying for refrigerant handling licences or trading authorisations, visit the Australian Refrigeration Council's website at

National regulations

National regulations are in place which affect people who acquire, possess, dispose of or handle ozone depleting substances (ODSs) or synthetic greenhouse gases (SGGs) in the refrigeration and airconditioning (RAC) industry.

Persons who handle these substances in bulk or in equipment 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) has been appointed as the Industry Board to administer these regulations. More information regarding the licensing system is available on the ARC website.

Current holders of refrigerant trading authorisations can be found by using the ARC authorised business search.

Information tailored for you:

The Consumer
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).