AIRAH submits recommendations for 2018–19 Federal Budget

Monday, March 5, 2018 

As the voice of Australia’s HVAC&R industry, AIRAH has submitted recommendations to the government ahead of the 2018–19 Federal Budget.

In September last year the federal government called for submissions from individuals, businesses and community groups seeking their views regarding priorities for the 2018–19 Budget. Just as it did for last year’s Budget, AIRAH provided comprehensive and expert input from the HVAC&R sector, raising the visibility of the industry and its needs.

“Although the submission recommends increased government funding in areas such as research and training, it takes a broader approach too,” says AIRAH CEO Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH. “It’s also about influencing policy on issues such as building codes, licencing standards and industry engagement.”

AIRAH’s pre-budget submission for the 2017–18 Budget paved the way for the Sydney Forum on Mid-tier Buildings. It also generated dialogue between the energy ministers and industry that fed into the Australian Sustainability Built Environment Council (ASBEC) Low Carbon High Performance report. And it gave impetus to initiatives such as Calculating Cool – a tool for measuring HVAC&R efficiency of office buildings – and iHub, which has brought together leading universities, researchers, consultants, building owners and equipment manufacturers to create a connected research and development community in Australia.

“Last year’s submission showed the value of talking to the government with a unified voice,” says AIRAH’s executive manager for government relations and technical services Phil Wilkinson, M.AIRAH 

“We hope that this year’s submission will be equally successful and will help strengthen this important space for dialogue between industry and government.”

The submission makes recommendation in the areas of environment and energy, education and training, employment, and industry, innovation, science, resources and northern Australia. It focuses on five key areas of the HVAC&R industry: resilience, sustainability, compliance, refrigerant transition and PRIME, as well as innovation and research.

The Federal Budget is slated to be handed down on May 8.

To view AIRAH’s Pre-Budget Submission 2018-19 in full, go to