Events and conferences

Positive signs on World Ozone Day

Australia has marked World Ozone Day with encouraging news about the shrinking bank of ozone-depleting refrigerants in the country. According to the Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC), ozone-depleting gases now make up less than 5 per cent of Australia’s refrigerant bank. World Ozone Day on September 16 celebrates the anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. The theme […]


ARC activates fully online licence applications

The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) has now activated a completely online licence application process. ARC chief executive officer Glenn Evans says the system has been built around improving convenience for applicants, enabling them to upload qualifications and photographs and then finalise payment by credit card online. “The system puts control of an application or renewal […]


ARC offers free A2/A2L refrigerant training resources

The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) has released a set of free A2/A2L refrigerant training resources for registered training organisations (RTOs). The resources, developed in partnership with Refrigerants Australia and selected TAFE colleges, build on the unit of competency for A2/A2L refrigerants that the ARC created in 2018. They have been designed to assist RTO teachers […]


ARC seeking field officers

The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) is recruiting field officers to help support the ARCTick national licensing scheme. Candidates should have RAC experience, communication and people skills, a positive “can do” attitude and a desire to help the industry to save the planet through the ARCTick licensing scheme. ARC chief executive officer Glenn Evans says the […]


Short course trainer loses RTO status

Training group Construction Industry Training Australia (CITA) has had its RTO status cancelled for short course advertising and poor recognition of prior learning (RPL) assessments by training industry regulator Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA). The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) originally reported CITA to ASQA for advertising unduly brief short courses, and also for concerns regarding […]


AC importer fined for R22 infringements

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has fined a Victorian-based importer and manufacturer of air conditioning equipment $12,600 for importing bulk hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) without a controlled substances licence. Importing HCFC without a licence is an offence under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989, which is in place to protect […]


Licensing survey results now online

Earlier this year, the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) ran an online survey to collect input on its position statement for HVAC&R licensing in Australia. The position statement, developed by AIRAH’s Refrigeration Special Technical Group, will define the Institute’s stance on HVAC&R licensing in Australia, and will serve as an advocacy tool for […]