List of licences granted under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989
Last updated: 28 November 2023
About the list
The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act) controls the manufacture, import and export of a range of ozone depleting substances and synthetic greenhouse gases in Australia. The import, export and manufacture of these 'controlled substances', and the import and manufacture of certain products containing or designed to contain some of these substances, is prohibited in Australia unless the correct licence or exemption is held.
There are four types of licences under the Act:
- Equipment licences (EQPLs) allow for the import of refrigeration and air conditioning equipment that contains a hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) or equipment that contains synthetic greenhouse gases. EQPLs may also list other activities the licence holder may engage in that may otherwise be in contravention of the Act and associated Regulations.
- Controlled substances licences allow for the import, export or manufacture of bulk hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), methyl bromide or synthetic greenhouse gases.
- Essential uses licences allow for the import, export or manufacture of scheduled substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFC); halons, methyl chloroform (CH3CCl3), carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) and bromochloromethane (BCM) for uses which meet a very limited range of essential use criteria, including laboratory and analytical uses, and have been approved by the Montreal Protocol.
- Used substances licences allow the import or export of used or recycled chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), halons, carbon tetrachloride (CCl4), methyl chloroform (CH3CCl3), methyl bromide, bromochloromethane (BCM), hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), perfluorocarbons (PFCs), sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3).
Under Regulation 4 of the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Regulations 1995, the Secretary may publish on the Department's website details of licences granted, cancelled and surrendered. The details are limited to the name of the licensee, the type of licence and the date on which the licence expires.