Australia and New Zealand Refrigerant Handling Code of Practice 2007 - Australian Government


You may be required to comply with this code if you intend to apply for a refrigerant air-conditioning (RAC) industry permit. This code details the use and management of fluorocarbon refrigerants. It specifies requirements which are mandatory for compliance with the code, and also includes best practice recommendations.

RAC industry permits include all the following:

  • refrigerant handling licence
  • refrigerant trading authorisation
  • RAC equipment manufacturing authorisation
  • halon special permit
  • restricted refrigerant trading authorisation.

To be eligible for a permit you must demonstrate your knowledge of any standard relevant to work to be carried out under your permit. You must carry out any work under a permit in accordance with the relevant standard.

Service type

Code of Practice

A code of practice is a set of rules which details how people in a certain industry should behave. A code of practice can be defined as a result of legislation or by industry regulators and bodies.

Act(s) name

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995 Australian Government

Additional information

This Code is divided into two parts:

  • Part 1 Self-contained low charge systems. This Part applies only to appliances which contain a fluorocarbon refrigerant charge of two kilograms or less, and do not require any work to be done on the refrigeration system at the time of installation.
  • Part 2 Systems other than self-contained low charge systems. This Part applies to all refrigeration and air conditioning systems which use fluorocarbon refrigerants, including heat pumps and transport refrigeration and air conditioning systems.

Administering agency

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Australian Refrigeration Council

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Please use these contact details for help or more information:

Contact Officer, Head Office

Australian Refrigeration Council

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

Operating address: Level 1
818 Whitehorse Road
Box Hill, Victoria 3128
Mailing address: Locked Bag 3033
Box Hill
Victoria 3128
Phone: 1300 884 483
Fax: 1300 554 023
Website: Australian Refrigeration Council (Opens in new window)