In 2016 a review of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Program – including the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) licence scheme - was completed by the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water, following extensive consultation with RAC industry stakeholders through public consultation and targeted consultation with industry representatives.
The review identified a number of measures to be implemented. Two measures which relate to the RAC licence scheme are listed below:
If, after the transition period, applicants have genuine concerns or a legitimate reason to seek a shorter permit duration there is scope for deviating from the default period of three years for full permit holders or one year for trainee permit holders.
From 1 Jan 2018 the process for re-applying for your RTA or RHL was streamlined, becoming a ‘renewal’ process, compared to a re-application. The renewal option is only be available for RHL or RTA holders renewing before or at 30 days prior to their permit expiring. If it is within 30 days of expiry, the normal application process applies.
These measures seek to reduce the administrative cost of the Regulations on business by reducing the length of time a business or individual needs to spend, over the longer-term, gathering information together and applying for a permit.