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 require 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 for the September 2021 quarter, the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) industry permit application fees will increase by 2.227% per cent from 1 January 2022.  

The permit fees for 2021 and 2022 are outlined here:

RAC Permit Type

Permit Duration

2021 Application Fees

2022 Application Fees

Refrigerant handling licence 1 year $78 $80
  2 years $156 $160
  3 years $234 $240
Restricted refrigerant handling licence 1 year $78 $80
  2 years $156 $160
  3 years $234 $240
Refrigeration and air conditioning trainee licence 1 year $33 $34
Refrigerant trading authorisation 1 year $248 $254
  2 years $496 $508
  3 years $744 $762
Restricted refrigerant trading authorisation 1 year $78 $80
  2 years $156 $160
  3 years $234 $240

All prices are in Australian Dollars and GST is not applicable.

contact us

  • 1300 88 44 83
  • 1300 55 40 23
  • enquire@arctick.org
  • Mail:
    Locked Bag 3033
    Box Hill VIC 3128
  • Due to increased volume and the impact of COVID,
    we currently estimate that your application will be
    processed within 2-3 weeks.