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ARC Coronavirus Update - Business, employee and licensing support

  Placeholder Image   The coronavirus has become, and will continue to be, one of the biggest challenges facing the refrigeration and air conditioning industry (RAC) in modern times.

This situation is changing quickly, and ARC are committed to keeping our industry up-to-date and informed with the most important information. Including financial support for business, employer advice, health advice and licensing updates.

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Driving customers to you

  Placeholder Image   Results of the Australian Refrigeration Council’s summer advertising campaign have been fantastic for you, with almost 80,000 consumers visiting the website between mid-October 2019 and the end of February 2020.

Connecting potential customers to authorised businesses and licensed technicians was the objective of the campaign. In addition, the campaign aimed to educate people on the benefits of using appropriately licensed technicians, and the damaging effects of CFC, HCFC and HFC refrigerants on the environment.

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RTA number = more business

  Placeholder Image   Including your refrigerant trading authorisation (RTA) number in your advertising sets you apart and gives consumers confidence in your skills and knowledge. It is also a condition of holding a RTA.

The Australian Refrigeration Council invests in promoting licensed technicians and authorised businesses. Without highlighting your RTA number you may miss out.

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Machinery of Government changes

  Placeholder Image   From 1 February 2020, the Australian Government department responsible for administering the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 has changed to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment – (previously the Department of the Environment and Energy).

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is responsible for overseeing the administration of the refrigeration and air conditioning industry permit scheme under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas legislation.

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Short course provider shown the door

  Placeholder Image   Trades College Australia (TCA) has been deregistered as a registered training organisation (RTO).

The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) worked with the training industry regulator, the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), regarding issues including the delivery of recognition of prior learning for refrigeration and air conditioning (RAC) courses hosted by TCA. Both Certificate II and Certificate III RAC courses were affected.

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Know someone doing the wrong thing? Help us to help you

  Placeholder Image   It’s only fair that licensed technicians and authorised businesses who do the right thing are not let down by ‘backyarders’ who don’t. In fact, it’s the law.

The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment rely on industry feedback when it comes to investigating potential breaches of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act) and the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995 (the Regulations).

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Thumbs down to ‘Topping Up’ » read more

Refrigerant for sale? eBay and Gumtree » read more

Streamlining e-applications – handy tips » read more

100,000 permit holders... and counting! » read more

The recognition of prior learning (RPL) process » read more

Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) » read more

Your chance to contribute to world class research (and get paid!) » read more



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