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, 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 released in September 2020 Quarter, the refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) industry permit application fees increased by 1.354 per cent from 1 January 2021.

The fees for 2020 and 2021 are:

RAC Industry Permit


2020 Application Fees

2021 Application Fees

Refrigerant Handling Licence (RHL) 2 $154 $156
  3 $231 $234
Restricted Refrigerant Handling Licence (RRHL) 2 $154 $156
  3 $231 $234
Trainee Refrigerant Handling Licence (TRHL) 1 $33 $33
Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (RTA) 2 $490 $496
  3 $735 $744
Restricted Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (RRTA) 2 $154 $156
  3 $231 $234

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