The Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Management Act 1989 (the Act) and its Regulations help ensure Australia meets legal obligations under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Legislation, Ozone Depleting Substances & Synthetic Greenhouse Gases
The Act controls the manufacture, import and export of all ozone depleting substances (ODSs) and synthetic greenhouse gases (SGGs) while the Regulations control major end-uses.
Treaties & legislation
Licences and reporting requirements
A licence is required to import, export or manufacture ODSs and SGGs and to import refrigeration and airconditioning equipment containing an HFC or HCFC refrigerant.
Ozone science research and resources
Find out more about the ozone layer and ozone depletion.
Ozone science and research
Carbon Tax Repeal
The Australian Government will abolish the carbon tax, including the equivalent carbon price on synthetic greenhouse gases, from 1 July 2014.
Cold hard facts 2
Licensing and levy exemptions
The government announced on 14 May 2013 that it intends to exempt medicines, veterinary medicines, medical devices and veterinary devices from the licensing and levy provisions of the legislation.
This exemption will come into affect once changes to regulations under the Ozone Protection and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas legislation are made.
New application fees for handling licences and trading authorisations
From 1 January 2013, application fees have increased for handling licences, trading authorisations, and some additional categories of domestic handling approvals.
Antarctic ozone hole reports
Read reports prepared by CSIRO on the formation and progress of the Antarctic Ozone Hole between September and December each year.
Importing into Australia
Importing a car, boat, caravan or fridge into Australia?
A licence may be required.