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SR 2004 No. 380 Regulations as made
These Regulations amend the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995.
Administered by: Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Registered 10 Jan 2005
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR08-Feb-2005
Tabled Senate08-Feb-2005
Gazetted 23 Dec 2004
Date of repeal 19 Mar 2014
Repealed by Environment (Spent and Redundant Instruments) Repeal Regulation 2014

Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Amendment Regulations 2004 (No. 2)1

Statutory Rules 2004 No. 3802

I, PHILIP MICHAEL JEFFERY, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following Regulations under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989.

Dated 16 December 2004

P. M. JEFFERY

Governor-General

By His Excellency’s Command

IAN CAMPBELL


1              Name of Regulations

                These Regulations are the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Amendment Regulations 2004 (No. 2).

2              Commencement

                These Regulations commence on 1 January 2005.

3              Amendment of Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995

                Schedule 1 amends the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995.


Schedule 1        Amendment

(regulation 3)

  

[1]           Part 6A

substitute

Part 6A               Disposal and use of scheduled substances

Note 1   The numbers of the Parts in these Regulations correspond to those in the Act.

Note 2   Part 6 is intentionally not used and regulation numbers 81 to 99 (inclusive) are reserved for future use.

Division 6A.1        Preliminary

100         Purpose of Part 6A

                For section 45A of the Act, Part 6A imposes controls on:

                (a)    the sale, purchase, and other acquisition or disposal, of scheduled substances; and

               (b)    the storage, use and handling of scheduled substances;

for fire protection, and refrigeration and air conditioning.

101         Definition for Part 6A

ANTA-recognised qualification means a qualification that is recognised by the Australian National Training Authority established under section 5 of the Australian National Training Authority Act 1992.

Division 6A.2        Refrigeration and air conditioning

Subdivision 6A.2.1             Preliminary

110         Definitions for Division 6A.2

                In this Division:

halon special permit means a permit granted under regulation 150.

RAC equipment (or refrigeration and air conditioning equipment) means equipment, used for the cooling or heating of anything, that uses a refrigerant.

RAC equipment manufacturing authorisation means an authorisation granted under paragraph 140 (1) (b).

RAC Industry Board means the body appointed under paragraph 120 (1) (a).

RAC industry permit means any of the following:

                (a)    a refrigerant handling licence;

               (b)    a refrigerant trading authorisation;

                (c)    an RAC equipment manufacturing authorisation;

               (d)    a halon special permit.

refrigerant means any or all of CFC, HCFC, HFC, PFC and halon that is, or has been, used in RAC equipment.

refrigerant destruction facility means a facility approved under regulation 114.

refrigerant handling licence means a licence granted under Subdivision 6A.2.2.

refrigerant trading authorisation means an authorisation granted under paragraph 140 (1) (a).

111         Offence — handling refrigerant

         (1)   On or after 1 July 2005, a person must not handle a refrigerant unless he or she:

                (a)    holds a refrigerant handling licence; or

               (b)    is engaged in a phase of the manufacture of RAC equipment, and is supervised by the holder of an appropriate restricted refrigeration and air conditioning licence mentioned in regulation 133.

Penalty:   10 penalty units.

         (2)   For subregulation (1), handle a refrigerant means to do anything with the refrigerant that carries the risk of its emission, including:

                (a)    decanting the refrigerant; or

               (b)    manufacturing, installing, commissioning, servicing or maintaining RAC equipment; or

                (c)    decommissioning or disposing of RAC equipment.

112         Offence — possessing or trading in refrigerant

         (1)   In this regulation:

bulk refrigerant means refrigerant other than halon, but does not include refrigerant that is contained in RAC equipment.

         (2)   On or after 1 July 2005, a person must not acquire, possess, or dispose of bulk refrigerant unless the person is:

                (a)    the holder of a refrigerant trading authorisation or an RAC equipment manufacturing authorisation; or

               (b)    the operator of a refrigerant destruction facility.

Penalty:   10 penalty units.

         (3)   It is a defence to a charge of contravening subregulation (2) that the defendant, as soon as practicable after becoming aware that he or she possessed bulk refrigerant, gave it to:

                (a)    the holder of a refrigerant trading authorisation; or

               (b)    the operator of a refrigerant destruction facility.

Note   For guidance on the Internet for locating the holders of refrigerant trading authorisations: see www.arctick.org.

         (4)   An offence against subregulation (2) is an offence of strict liability.

113         Offence — possessing halon

         (1)   On or after 1 January 2005, a person must not possess halon that is, or has been, for use in RAC equipment, unless the person is:

                (a)    the holder of a halon special permit; or

               (b)    the operator of a refrigerant destruction facility.

Penalty:   10 penalty units.

         (2)   It is a defence to a charge of contravening subregulation (1) that the defendant:

                (a)    in the case of a defendant who is the holder of an extinguishing agent trading authorisation — acquired the halon for transfer to an extinguishing agent destruction facility; or

               (b)    as soon as practicable after becoming aware that he or she possessed halon, gave it to the operator of a refrigerant destruction facility.

         (3)   An offence against subregulation (1) is an offence of strict liability.

Note   The use of halon for most purposes was phased out from 1990 under State and Territory legislation. Halon was not normally used for refrigeration or air conditioning.

114         Refrigerant destruction facilities

         (1)   The Minister may, on application, give approval in writing for a person to operate a refrigerant destruction facility.

         (2)   An application must be in writing and must include:

                (a)    the name and address of the applicant; and

               (b)    the address of the facility; and

                (c)    enough information about the facility to enable the Minister to decide the application.

         (3)   The Minister may approve a facility only if he or she is satisfied that the facility is able to operate in a way that is consistent with Australia’s obligations under the Montreal Protocol.

Subdivision 6A.2.1A          RAC industry permits

Note   Regulation numbers 115 to 119 (inclusive) are intentionally not used.

120         RAC Industry Board

         (1)   The Minister may:

                (a)    appoint a body that is incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001, as the RAC Industry Board; and

               (b)    authorise the Board to exercise any or all of the powers and functions mentioned in subregulation (2).

         (2)   The powers and functions are to:

                (a)    receive applications for RAC industry permits; and

               (b)    collect, on behalf of the Commonwealth, the fees that are payable for those applications; and

                (c)    grant RAC industry permits; and

               (d)    collect information:

                          (i)    supplied by applicants for industry permits; and

                         (ii)    supplied in response to any request made by the Board under paragraph 141 (1) (b); and

                (e)                publish the information mentioned in paragraph (d) in a way that does not:

                          (i)    allow any person to be identified; or

                         (ii)    disclose confidential information; and

                (f)    inspect, with the occupier’s permission, premises used for activities conducted under an RAC industry permit.

121         Applications for RAC industry permits — general

         (1)   An application for an RAC industry permit must:

                (a)    be made to the RAC Industry Board in a form approved by the Minister; and

               (b)    include the appropriate fee; and

                (c)    include the information needed by the Board to decide the application, including:

                          (i)    details about the applicant’s relevant training and experience; and

                         (ii)    in the case of an application by an individual — evidence about the applicant’s knowledge about this Division, the Act and any standard that is relevant to the work to be carried out under the permit; and

                         (iii)    evidence that the applicant is a fit and proper person to hold the permit.

         (2)   If an applicant has not provided all the information mentioned in paragraph (1) (c) the Board:

                (a)    may ask the applicant for the missing information; and

               (b)    need not consider the application until the applicant provides the information.

         (3)   If, 30 days after an application is made and any information sought under subregulation (2) is provided, the Board has not made a decision about the application, the Board is taken to have refused the application.

122         Decision whether applicant is a fit and proper person

                When the RAC Industry Board is deciding whether a person who holds, or is applying for, an RAC industry permit is a fit and proper person to hold the permit, the Board must take into account matters including the following:

                (a)    any conviction of the person for an offence against the Act or these Regulations;

               (b)    in the case of an individual:

                          (i)    any conviction of the person for an offence under a law of the Commonwealth, of a State or of a Territory that is punishable by imprisonment for a period of one year or longer; and

                         (ii)    whether the person is bankrupt;

                (c)    in the case of a corporation:

                          (i)    any conviction of the corporation for an offence under a law of the Commonwealth, of a State or of a Territory that is punishable by a fine of 50 penalty units or more, being an offence committed at a time when a person who is a director, officer or shareholder of the corporation was a director, officer or shareholder of the corporation; and

                         (ii)    whether the corporation is an externally administered body corporate (within the meaning of the Corporations Act 2001);

               (d)    if any statement by the person in an application was false or misleading in a material particular — whether the person knew that the statement was false or misleading;

                (e)    whether the person has contravened a condition of an RAC industry permit;

                (f)    whether the person held an RAC industry permit that was cancelled.

123         Powers of Minister

         (1)   The Minister may cancel or suspend an RAC industry permit if he or she is satisfied that the holder:

                (a)    is no longer a fit and proper person to hold the permit; or

               (b)    has contravened a condition to which the permit was subject.

         (2)   The Minister cancels or suspends an RAC industry permit by giving the holder a notice:

                (a)    stating that the permit has been cancelled or suspended; and

               (b)    setting out the reasons for the cancellation or suspension; and

                (c)    in the case of a suspension — stating the period of the suspension.

124         Reconsideration of decisions

         (1)   Application may be made:

                (a)    to the RAC Industry Board for reconsideration of any of the following:

                          (i)    a refusal of an application for an RAC industry permit;

                         (ii)    a decision about the period for which a permit is in force;

                         (iii)    a decision imposing a condition on a permit; or

               (b)    to the Minister for reconsideration of a decision to suspend or cancel a permit.

         (2)   An application for reconsideration of a decision must:

                (a)    be made within 21 days of the day on which the person received notice of the decision; and

               (b)    set out the reasons why the person wants the decision reconsidered.

         (3)   If the Board or Minister receives an application, the Board or Minister may:

                (a)    confirm the decision; or

               (b)    vary or reverse the decision.

         (4)   If the Board or Minister does not confirm, vary or reverse a decision within 30 days after the application for reconsideration of the decision was received, the Board or Minister is taken to have confirmed the decision.

125         Review of decisions

                Application may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for the review of a decision that was confirmed or varied by the Board or Minister under subregulation 124 (3).

126         Permit not in force if suspended

                An RAC industry permit is not in force during any period of suspension.

127         Powers of inspectors

                An inspector appointed under section 49 of the Act may exercise the powers given to him or her under Part VIII of the Act, at premises used by the holder of an RAC industry permit for:

                (a)    activities permitted by the permit; or

               (b)    storage of records relating to activities permitted by the permit.

Subdivision 6A.2.2     Refrigerant handling licences

Note   Regulation numbers 128 and 129 are intentionally not used.

130         Grant of refrigerant handling licences — general

         (1)   The application fee for any number of licences under this Subdivision is $100.

         (2)   However:

                (a)    if the application is for a trainee licence only, the fee is $20; and

               (b)    if the application is for 1 licence only, other than a trainee licence, that is to be in force for 12 months or less, the fee is $50.

         (3)   A licence granted under this Subdivision is in force:

                (a)    from the day on which it is granted, or another day specified by the RAC Industry Board in writing; and

               (b)    for a period of no more than:

                          (i)    24 months; or

                         (ii)    if it is granted under regulation 132 or 134 — 12 months;

                        specified, in writing, by the Board.

Note  The holder of an existing State or Territory authorisation, or a certification issued by the National Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Council, is taken to hold an appropriate refrigerant handling licence for up to 24 months after the commencement of this Division: see regulations 136 and 137.

         (4)   If the Board grants 1 or more licences to a person it must give the person a document setting out the details of each licence granted.

131         Refrigerant handling licences — qualified persons

         (1)   The RAC Industry Board may, on application, grant to a person a licence mentioned in an item in column 2 of Table 131, entitling him or her to engage in the work described in column 3 of the item.

Note 1   Regulation 121 also applies to an application.

Note 2   A person is entitled to apply for any number of licences.

         (2)   The Board may grant a licence to an applicant only if it is satisfied that he or she either:

                (a)    holds a qualification mentioned in column 4 of the item in of Table 131 that corresponds to the licence mentioned in column 2 of the item; or

               (b)    has the knowledge, ability and experience necessary to competently carry out the work covered by the licence.

Table 131      Licences and entitlements

 

Item

Licence

Entitlement of licensee

ANTA-recognised qualification

1

Full refrigeration and air conditioning licence

To handle a refrigerant for any work in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, other than the automotive industry

MEM 30298 Certificate III in Engineering (Mechanical Refrigeration and Air Conditioning); or

UTE 30999 Certificate III in Electrotechnology Refrigeration and Air Conditioning

2

Automotive air conditioning licence

To handle a refrigerant for any work on air conditioning equipment fitted to the cabin of a motor vehicle

AUR 20799 Certificate II in Automotive (Mechanical Air Conditioning)

3

Restricted split system air conditioning installation and de‑commissioning licence

To install and de‑commission a single-head split system of less than 18kW

[Note  There is currently no qualification for this item]

4

Restricted domestic refrigeration and air conditioning appliances licence

To handle a refrigerant for any work on domestic refrigeration or air conditioning equipment

MEM 201 Certificate II in Engineering Production (Domestic); or

UTE 2 05 99 Certificate II in Electrotechnology Servicing (Appliances – Refrigeration)

132         Refrigerant handling licences — experienced persons

         (1)   Despite regulation 131, the RAC Industry Board may grant a refrigerant handling licence of a kind mentioned in Table 131 to an applicant if:

                (a)    the application is made before 1 June 2005; and

               (b)    the Board is satisfied that, although the applicant needs further training to meet the standard necessary for him or her to work indefinitely in the RAC industry, he or she is qualified to hold a temporary licence by having engaged in, or supervised, work of the kind to be permitted by the licence.

         (2)   A licence granted under this regulation ceases to have effect at the start of 1 June 2006.

133         Restricted refrigeration and air conditioning licence

                The RAC Industry Board may, on application, grant a refrigerant handling licence (called a restricted refrigeration and air conditioning licence) to a person, entitling him or her to carry out work:

                (a)    at a specified kind of place (for example, an RAC equipment manufacturing plant or an off-shore oil drilling platform); or

               (b)    on specified RAC equipment (for example, aviation, maritime or transport refrigeration equipment); or

                (c)    both at a specified kind of place and on specified equipment;

if:

               (d)    the work to be covered by the licence requires skills or knowledge (or both skills and knowledge) that are outside the scope of those required for a licence mentioned in Table 131; and

                (e)    the person provides evidence that he or she is able to carry out the work in a way that is appropriate for the grant of the licence.

134         Refrigeration and air conditioning trainee licence

         (1)   The RAC Industry Board may, on application, grant a refrigerant handling licence (called a refrigeration and air conditioning trainee licence) to a person who is undertaking a course leading to an ANTA-recognised qualification mentioned in column 4 of item 1 or item 2 of Table 131.

         (2)   The licence entitles the person to carry out activities authorised by a licence mentioned in column 2 of an item in Table 131 while under the supervision of a holder of that kind of licence.

135         Licence conditions

         (1)   A licence granted under this Subdivision is subject to the condition that the licensee:

                (a)    carries out the work to which the licence relates in accordance with any standard set out in an item in column 2 of Table 135 that relates to the work; and

               (b)    gives any refrigerant recovered from RAC equipment to:

                          (i)    except for recovered halon — the holder of a refrigerant trading authorisation; or

                         (ii)    the operator of a refrigerant destruction facility.

         (2)   The RAC Industry Board may specify that a licence is subject to a condition and must set out the condition on:

                (a)    the licence document; or

               (b)    a written notice given by the Board to the licensee.

         (3)   The Board may impose a condition on a licence at any time.

         (4)   A licensee must not contravene a condition of his or her licence.

Table 135      Standards

 

Item

Standard

Title of standard

1

AS/NZS 1571:1995

Copper – Seamless tubes for air-conditioning and refrigeration

2

AS 3864-1997

Medical refrigeration equipment – For the storage of blood and blood products

3

AS 3864-1997/Amdt 1-1998

Medical refrigeration equipment – For the storage of blood and blood products

4

AS 4211.1-1996

Gas recovery or combined recovery and recycling equipment – Fluorocarbon refrigerants from automotive air conditioning systems

5

AS 4484-1997

Industrial, medical and refrigerant compressed gas cylinder identification

6

AS 4484-1997/Amdt 1-1997

Industrial, medical and refrigerant compressed gas cylinder identification

7

AS 4484-1997/Amdt 2-1998

Industrial, medical and refrigerant compressed gas cylinder identification

8

AS 1210-1997

Pressure vessels

9

AS 1210-1997/Amdt 1-1998

Pressure vessels

10

AS 1210-1997/Amdt 2-1998

Pressure vessels

11

AS 1210-1997/Amdt 3-2002

Pressure vessels

12

AS 2030.1-1999

The verification, filling, inspection, testing and maintenance of cylinders for storage and transport of compressed gases – Cylinders for compressed gases other than acetylene

13

AS 2030.1-1999/ Amdt 1-2002

The verification, filling, inspection, testing and maintenance of cylinders for storage and transport of compressed gases – Cylinders for compressed gases other than acetylene

14

AS 4332-2004

The storage and handling of gases in cylinders

15

AS 4041-1998

Pressure piping

16

AS 4041-1998/Amdt 1-2001

Pressure piping

17

AS/NZS 1677.1:1998

Refrigerating systems – Refrigerant classification

18

AS/NZS 1677.2:1998

Refrigerating systems – Safety requirements for fixed applications

19

AS/NZS 1677.2:1998/ Amdt 1:1999

Refrigerating systems – Safety requirements for fixed applications

20

AS/NZS 1677.2:1998/ Amdt 2:2000

Refrigerating systems – Safety requirements for fixed applications

21

AS/NZS 3350.2.40:2001

Safety of household and similar electrical appliances – Particular requirements for electrical heat pumps, air-conditioners and dehumidifiers (IEC 60335-2-40:1995,MOD)

22

AS/NZS 3823.1.1:1998

Performance of household electrical appliances – Air conditioners and heat pumps – Test methods – Non-ducted airconditioners and heat pumps – Testing and rating for performance

23

AS/NZS 3823.1.1:1998/Amdt 1:2001

Performance of household electrical appliances – Air conditioners and heat pumps – Test methods – Non-ducted airconditioners and heat pumps – Testing and rating for performance

24

AS/NZS 3823.1.1:1998/ Amdt 2:2002

Performance of household electrical appliances – Air conditioners and heat pumps – Test methods – Non-ducted airconditioners and heat pumps – Testing and rating for performance

25

AS/NZS 3823.1.2:2001

Performance of electrical appliances – Airconditioners and heat pumps – Test methods – Ducted airconditioners and air-to-air heat pumps – Testing and rating for performance

26

AS/NZS 3823.1.2:2001/ Amdt 1:2002

Performance of electrical appliances – Airconditioners and heat pumps – Test methods – Ducted airconditioners and air-to-air heat pumps – Testing and rating for performance

27

AS/NZS 3823.1.2:2001/ Amdt 2:2003

Performance of electrical appliances – Airconditioners and heat pumps – Test methods – Ducted airconditioners and air-to-air heat pumps – Testing and rating for performance

28

AS 2823-1985

Agricultural tractors and self propelled machines – Test procedure for performance of air-conditioning systems

29

AS 1167.1-1993

Welding and brazing – Filler metals – Filler metal for brazing and braze welding

30

AS 1167.2:1999

Welding and brazing – Filler metals – Filler metal for welding

31

HB 40.1-2001

The Australian Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Code of Good Practice – Reduction of emissions of refrigerant gas refrigerants in commercial and industrial refrigeration and air-conditioning applications published by Standards Australia in 2001

32

HB 40.2-2001

The Australian Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Code of Good Practice – Reduction of emissions of a refrigerant gas in residential air-conditioning applications published by Standards Australia in 2001

33

HB 40.3-2001

The Australian Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Code of Good Practice – Reduction of emissions of a refrigerant gas in domestic refrigeration applications published by Standards Australia in 2001

34

MTAA 2000

The Australian automotive code of practice for the reduction of emissions of a refrigerant gas in motor vehicle air conditioners published by the Motor Trades Association of Australia in 2000.

136         Transitional — holders of existing State or Territory authorisations

                The holder of an authorisation (however described) mentioned in column 1 of an item in Table 136 (an existing State or Territory authorisation) with the title (if any) mentioned in column 2 of the item is taken to hold the refrigerant handling licence mentioned in column 3 of the item until the earlier of the following:

                (a)    the day on which the existing State or Territory authorisation expires;

               (b)    1 January 2007.

Table 136      Refrigerant handling licence taken to be held by existing authorisation holders

 

Existing State or Territory authorisation

Title of existing authorisation

Licence taken to be held

Australian Capital Territory

Environmental authorisation granted under section 46 of the Environment Protection Act 1997 of the Australian Capital Territory

Domestic refrigeration

Restricted domestic refrigeration and air conditioning appliances licence

 

Residential air conditioning

Restricted split system air conditioning installation and decommissioning licence

 

Commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning

Full refrigeration and air conditioning licence

 

Motor vehicle air conditioning

Automotive air conditioning licence

 

Decommissioning of vehicle air conditioning

Automotive air conditioning licence

New South Wales

Authorisation issued by the New South Wales Office of Fair Trading under clause 17 of the Ozone Protection Regulation 1997 of New South Wales

Use CFC/HCFC gases

Full refrigeration and air conditioning licence

Authorisation issued by the Appliance Industry Association under clause 17 of the Ozone Protection Regulation 1997 of New South Wales

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning – CFC/HCFC, authorised user

Restricted domestic refrigeration and air conditioning appliances licence

Authorisation issued by the Appliance Industry Association under clause 17 of the Ozone Protection Regulation 1997 of New South Wales

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning – CFC/HCFC, authorised recovery only

Restricted domestic refrigeration and air conditioning appliances licence

Authorisation which is an authority to manufacture, install service or decommission motor vehicle air conditioning equipment issued by the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Authority (MVRIA) under clause 17 of the Ozone Protection Regulation 1997 of New South Wales

Authorised person

Automotive air conditioning licence

Northern Territory

Registration in the Register of Qualified Persons under subregulation 22 (3) of the Ozone Protection Regulations of the Northern Territory

Technician User’s Permit

Full refrigeration and air conditioning licence

South Australia

Environmental authorisation granted under section 40 of the Environment Protection Act 1993 of South Australia

Accreditation –domestic refrigerators

Restricted domestic refrigeration and air conditioning appliances licence

 

Accreditation –commercial and industrial refrigeration and air conditioning

Full refrigeration and air conditioning licence

 

Accreditation –motor vehicle air conditioning

Automotive air conditioning licence

 

Accreditation –residential air conditioners

Restricted split system air conditioning installation and decommissioning licence

Tasmania

Individual authorisation to undertake a controlled activity issued under subsection 83 (1) of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 of Tasmania

[Not applicable]

Full refrigeration and air conditioning licence

Victoria

Ozone Accreditation issued by the Ozone Layer Protection Board (OLPB) under clause 16 (1) of the Industrial Waste Management Policy (Protection of the Ozone Layer) of Victoria

Note   The above Policy is an Order made under section 16A (1) of the Environment Protection Act 1970 of Victoria

Accreditation – Full

Full refrigeration and air conditioning licence

 

Accreditation – split systems up to 18kW – install only

Restricted split system air conditioning installation and decommissioning licence

Accreditation issued by the Automotive Air Conditioning Registration Board (AACRB) under clause 16 (1) of the Industrial Waste Management Policy (Protection of the Ozone Layer) of Victoria

Accreditation

Automotive air conditioning licence

Western Australia

Ozone Depleting Substance Accreditation issued by the Motor Trade Association of Western Australia under an approval given under clause 42 (1) of the Environmental Protection (Ozone Protection) Policy Approval Order 2000 of Western Australia

Note  The Order was made under section 31 (d) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 of Western Australia

[Not applicable]

Automotive air conditioning licence

Accreditation issued by the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Registration Board of Western Australia under an approval given under clause 42 (1) of the Environmental Protection (Ozone Protection) Policy Approval Order 2000 of Western Australia

Commercial / Industrial Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (C)

Full refrigeration and air conditioning licence

 

Domestic Refrigeration (D)

Restricted domestic refrigeration and air conditioning appliances licence

 

Marine (Operator, at sea only) (F)

Special licence

 

Mobile Equipment (M)

Special licence

 

Aircraft Air Conditioning (on board) (M2)

Special licence

 

Manufacturer (P)

Special licence

 

Site Specific (S)

Special licence

 

Installation of Residential Single Head Wall Hung Split System (S1)

Restricted split system air conditioning installation and decommissioning licence

 

Industry Wholesaler (W)

Special licence

137         Transitional — NRAC Certification holders

                The holder of a certification, issued before the commencement of this regulation by the National Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Council and mentioned in column 2 of an item in Table 137, is taken to hold the refrigerant handling licence mentioned in column 3 of the item until the earlier of the following:

                (a)    the day on which the certification expires;

               (b)    1 January 2007.

Table 137      Refrigerant handling licence taken to be held by NRAC Certification holders

 

Item

Certification

Licence taken to be held

1

ARC tick Gold Card Certification

Full refrigeration and air conditioning licence

2

ARC tick Green Card Certification

Restricted split system air conditioning installation and decommissioning licence

3

ARC tick White Card Certification

Refrigeration and air conditioning trainee licence

4

ARC tick Blue Card Certification

Automotive air conditioning licence

5

ARC tick Orange Card Certification

Restricted domestic refrigeration and air conditioning appliances licence

Subdivision 6A.2.3     Refrigerant trading and RAC equipment manufacturing authorisations

Note   Regulation numbers 138 and 139 are intentionally not used.

140         Grant of authorisations

         (1)   The RAC Industry Board may, on application:

                (a)    grant a refrigerant trading authorisation to a person, permitting the person to acquire, store or dispose of a refrigerant other than halon; or

               (b)    grant an RAC equipment manufacturing authorisation to a corporation, permitting the corporation to acquire refrigerant other than halon for use in the manufacture of RAC equipment.

Note   Regulation 121 also applies to an application.

         (2)   The application fee for either or both authorisations is:

                (a)    $320; or

               (b)    if an authorisation applied for is to be in force for 12 months or less — $160.

         (3)   The Board must not grant an authorisation unless it is satisfied that:

                (a)    the applicant has business premises that are equipped and operating so as to be able to handle, and prevent avoidable emissions of, a refrigerant; and

               (b)    if the application is for a refrigerant trading authorisation — the applicant is able to ensure that a refrigerant is handled only by persons who are licensed to do so; and

                (c)    if the application is for an RAC equipment manufacturing authorisation — the applicant is able to ensure that, at all times, persons engaged in a phase of manufacture that could result in the emission of a refrigerant are supervised by the holder of an appropriate licence granted under regulation 133.

Note  An applicant who conducts business from a vehicle is eligible for an authorisation under paragraph (3) (a): see definition of premises in subsection 7 (1) of the Act.

         (4)   However, the Board may grant an authorisation to a person that:

                (a)    applies before 1 June 2005; and

               (b)    during the 3 months immediately before applying for an authorisation, carried out work of a kind that is to be permitted by the authorisation.

         (5)   An authorisation is in force:

                (a)    from the day on which it is granted, or another day specified by the Board in writing; and

               (b)    for a period of no more than:

                          (i)    24 months; or

                         (ii)    if it is granted under subregulation (4) — 12 months;

                        specified, in writing, by the Board.

         (6)   If the Board grants an authorisation to a person it must give the person a document setting out the details of the authorisation.

141         Conditions on authorisations

         (1)   A refrigerant trading authorisation or RAC equipment manufacturing authorisation is granted subject to the conditions that the holder:

                (a)    keeps up-to-date records showing the amounts of refrigerant bought, sold and recovered during each quarter; and

               (b)    14 days or less after receiving a request in writing by the RAC Industry Board, sends to the Board copies of the records mentioned in paragraph (a); and

                (c)    ensures that each item of the holder’s equipment that is necessary to prevent avoidable emissions of refrigerant is operating correctly; and

               (d)    has, and maintains, equipment that is adequate for the holder’s activities, including 1 or more of each of the following:

                          (i)    leak detectors;

                         (ii)    vacuum pumps;

                         (iii)    recovery units; and

                (e)    at least every quarter, checks any refrigerant container at the premises for leaks; and

                (f)    puts into effect a risk management plan for the premises; and

                (g)    ensures that, at the premises, any refrigerant is handled in accordance with each applicable standard set out in Table 135; and

                (h)    ensures that destruction of any refrigerant is carried out only by the operator of a refrigerant destruction facility.

         (2)   It is also a condition of a refrigerant trading authorisation that the holder accepts any surrendered refrigerant or scheduled substance that appears to be intended for use in RAC equipment.

         (3)   The RAC Industry Board may specify that an authorisation is subject to a condition and must set out the condition on:

                (a)    the authorisation document; or

               (b)    a written notice given by the Board to the holder.

         (4)   A notice for paragraph (3) (b) may be given at any time.

142         Transitional — existing State or Territory authorisation

                The holder of an authorisation (however described) mentioned in an item in Table 142 (an existing State or Territory authorisation) is taken to hold a refrigerant trading authorisation until the earlier of the following:

                (a)    day on which the State or Territory authorisation expires;

               (b)    1 January 2007.

Table 142      Refrigerant trading authorisations taken to be held by existing State or Territory authorisation holders

 

Item

Existing State or Territory authorisation

Name of existing authorisation

Australian Capital Territory

1

Environmental authorisation granted under section 46 of the Environment Protection Act 1997 of the Australian Capital Territory

Purchase/Sell CFC or HCFC

New South Wales

2

Authorisation granted by the New South Wales Department of Fair Trading under clause 17 of the Ozone Protection Regulation 1997 of New South Wales

Purchase CFC/HCFC gases

3

Authorisation granted by the Appliance Industry Association under clause 17 of the Ozone Protection Regulation 1997 of New South Wales

Refrigeration and Air Conditioning – CFC/HCFC authorised purchaser

4

Authorisation granted by the Motor Vehicle Repair Industry Authority (MVRIA) under clause 17 of the Ozone Protection Regulation 1997 of New South Wales, being an authorisation to manufacture, install service or decommission motor vehicle air conditioning equipment

Business Authorisation

South Australia

5

Environmental authorisation issued by the Environment Protection Agency of South Australia and granted under section 40 of the Environment Protection Act 1993 of South Australia

Ozone Exemption

Tasmania

6

Authorisation to undertake a controlled activity issued under subsection 91A (2) of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 of Tasmania

Purchase Authorisation

Victoria

7

Registration issued by the Ozone Layer Protection Board (OLPB) under clause 16 (1) of the Industrial Waste Management Policy (Protection of the Ozone Layer) of Victoria

Note   The above Policy is an Order made under section 16A (1) of the Environment Protection Act 1970 of Victoria

Business Registration

8

Registration issued by the Automotive Air Conditioning Registration Board (AACRB) under clause 16 (1) of the Industrial Waste Management Policy (Protection of the Ozone Layer) of Victoria

Business Registration

Western Australia

9

Registration issued by the Motor Trade Association of Western Australia under an approval given under clause 42 (1) of the Environmental Protection (Ozone Protection) Policy Approval Order 2000 of Western Australia

Note  The above Order was made under section 31 (d) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 of Western Australia

Business Registration

10

Registration issued by the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Registration Board of Western Australia under an approval given under clause 42 (1) of the Environmental Protection (Ozone Protection) Policy Approval Order 2000 of Western Australia

Business Registration

Subdivision 6A.2.4     Halon special permit

Note   Regulation numbers 143 to 149 (inclusive) are intentionally not used.

150         Application for halon special permit

         (1)   The RAC Industry Board may, on application, grant to a person a permit, in writing, entitling him or her to possess halon that is, or is to be, used in RAC equipment.

Note   Regulation 121 also applies to an application.

         (2)   The application fee for a halon special permit is $200.

         (3)   The Board may grant a halon special permit to a person only if it is satisfied that:

                (a)    the applicant, because of his or her training and experience, is able to competently carry out the activities covered by the permit; and

               (b)    the applicant’s use of the halon is for a purpose that is necessary to protect human life or operate equipment that is critical to the community; and

                (c)    there is no alternative to the halon’s use that is:

                          (i)    practicable; and

                         (ii)    available at a reasonable cost; and

                         (iii)    safe; and

                        (iv)    likely to result in less damage to the environment.

         (4)   A permit granted under this regulation remains in force for 24 months from the date of the grant.

Note   Regulation numbers 151 to 899 (inclusive) are reserved for future use.

Notes

1.       These Regulations amend Statutory Rules 1995 No. 389, as amended by 1999 No. 73; 2002 No. 8; 2003 No. 279; 2004 Nos. 16 and 296.

2.       Notified in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 23 December 2004.