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 2018, refrigeration and air conditioning industry permit application fees will increase by 2.282 per cent from 1 January 2019.

Also, from 1 January 2019, the default duration for refrigerant handling licences and trading authorisations will be three years, except for refrigerant trainee licences which will remain at one year.  You can apply for a licence or authorisation of a shorter duration, for example for one or two years, by contacting the ARC via email at enquire@arctick.org  

A table outlining the current fees and fees for 2019 is below.

RAC Industry Permit


2018 Application Fees

2019 Application Fees

Refrigerant Handling Licence (RHL) 2 $146 $150
  3 $219 $225
Restricted Refrigerant Handling Licence (RRHL) 2 $146 $150
  3 $219 $225
Trainee Refrigerant Handling Licence (TRHL) 1 $31 $32
Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (RTA) 2 $470 $480
  3 $705 $720
Restricted Refrigerant Trading Authorisation (RRTA) 2 $146 $150
  3 $219 $225

For further information about the changes to permit fees, visit the Department of the Environment's website at www.environment.gov.au or contact the Australian Refrigeration Council via email at enquire@arctick.org

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.