About the Refrigerant Handling Licence

Who needs a licence?

A Refrigerant Handling Licence must be held by any person who carries out work in relation to refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) equipment. Carrying out work in relation to RAC equipment means to do anything with a fluorocarbon refrigerant, or a component of RAC equipment, that carries the risk of refrigerant being emitted, including: decanting the refrigerant or manufacturing, installing, commissioning, servicing or maintaining RAC equipment or decommissioning RAC equipment.

Handling Refrigerants?

Handling fluorocarbon refrigerant without a Refrigerant Handling Licence is an offence. National regulations are in place which affect people who acquire, possess, dispose of or handle ozone depleting substances or synthetic greenhouse gases.

Click here to read more about each licence and what is required to obtain the licences.

Licence Fees

The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995 allow for the annual indexation of permit application fees.

The annual indexation formula uses the Wage Price Index (WPI) figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Consistent with the WPI figures released in November 2019, refrigeration and air conditioning industry permit application fees increase by 2.231 per cent from 1 January 2020.

The default duration for refrigerant handling licences and refrigerant trading authorisations are three years, and one year for trainee refrigerant handling licences.  You can apply for a licence or authorisation of a shorter or longer duration, up to a maximum of three years, by contacting the ARC via email at enquire@arctick.org

The fees for 2019 and 2020 are:

RAC Industry Permit


2019 Application Fees

2020 Application Fees

Refrigerant Handling Licence (RHL) 2 $150 $154
  3 $225 $231
Restricted Refrigerant Handling Licence (RRHL) 2 $150 $154
  3 $225 $231
Trainee Refrigerant Handling Licence (TRHL) 1 $32 $33
Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (RTA) 2 $480 $490
  3 $720 $735
Restricted Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (RRTA) 2 $150 $154
  3 $225 $231

For further information about the changes to permit application fees, visit Department of the Environment and Energy's website at http://www.environment.gov.au/protection/ozone/rac or contact the Australian Refrigeration Council via email at enquire@arctick.org