The Australian Automotive Code of Practice for the Control of Refrigerant Gases during Manufacture, Installation, Servicing or Decommissioning of Motor Vehicle Air Conditioners - Australian Government


You may be required to comply with this code if you intend to apply for a refrigerant air-conditioning (RAC) industry permit.

A RAC industry permit means any of 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.

This code of practice provides for minimum standards for operation, servicing and repair procedures of motor vehicle air conditioners (MVAC) and includes procedures for recovery and recycling of refrigerants to control emissions. Users of this code should refer to the relevant motor vehicle or air conditioning service manual for details of specific systems. Technicians must comply with the requirements of the Regulations, this code, the instructions and service manuals provided by equipment manufacturers.

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

Administering agency

Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water

Australian Refrigeration Council

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