century imperatives of emissions reduction and energy productivity present our nation with significant change, challenges and opportunities. It is important that all stakeholders from the HVAC&R sector, and the built environment in general, come together to respond.
One of the challenges is to transition to low-GWP refrigerants, effectively and safely. Another is to improve the energy productivity of our HVAC&R systems.
Both are hampered by the lack of a comprehensive licensing and enforcement scheme that covers the skills required of mechanics involved in the installation, operation and maintenance of RAC systems.
Australia needs a licensing regime that not only improves transition outcomes and mitigates the safety risks for technicians, homeowners and building occupants, but also one that enforces appropriate standards; ensures a workforce with sufficient skills; and requires ongoing training and compliance.
AIRAH is working with industry bodies and representatives, plus all levels of government, to develop a skills-based licensing scheme with mandatory compliance and standards.
The online survey collecting feedback on the position statement has now closed. Many thanks to all who participated.