Australian Govt funds training in naturals - register your interest by end of March

By Sabine Lobnig, Mar 22, 2012, 00:00 2 minute reading

Following a successful application by HyChill under Australia’s National Workforce Development Fund, the Federal Government will provide 2/3 of the total fee for the training of 80 air conditioning/refrigeration technicians in natural refrigerants hydrocarbons and CO2. Technicians are invited to register their interest by the end of the month.

With the commencement of the carbon price on HFCs that is set to increase fluorocarbon refrigerant prices by 3 to 5 times from 1 July 2012, interest among the Australian industry in the use of natural refrigerants is rapidly increasing. In spite of a generally low level of awareness among end users, innovators in the Australian industry understand there are big opportunities in being able to provide natural refrigerant solutions.

Under the awarded Project, the Australian Government's National Workforce Development Fund will contribute up to two thirds of the cost towards the training of operatives across two natural refrigerant Skill Sets, namely:
  • Service and Repair of Hydrocarbon Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and;
  • Service and Repair CO2 Refrigeration Systems
This training package is an important first step towards meeting the need to build on the existing skills base.

Administration and training providers

The project will be managed by the Australian Government declared Industry Skills Council named EE-Oz Training Standards.

Training will be provided by various Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), institutes and colleges across the country.

Declaration of interest in HC and CO2 training by end of March 2012

Parties that are interested in receiving training in hydrocarbons and/or CO2 need to register their interest in this first round before the end of March 2012, by contacting either:
About the National Workforce Development Fund

Through the National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF) the Australian Government provides $558 million over four years to support training and workforce development in areas of current and future skills needed. Industry is required to make a co-contribution to training costs.

It is part of ‘The Building Australia’s Future Workforce’ package announced by the Australian Government on 10 May 2011 in the 2011-2012 Budget. The overall package provides a $3.02 billion investment towards a new approach to delivering the skilled workers needed by the economy and to ensuring more Australians have the opportunity to share in the nation’s prosperity.

About HyChill

HyChill Australia Pty Ltd has been an expert in hydrocarbon refrigerants since 1999 but with expertise in the industry going back 30 years. The founders of HyChill started in hydrocarbon refrigerants approximately 15 years ago first as a wholesaler and then going direct to market in 2000 with the “HyChill” brand. It’s flagship product “Minus 30” is a replacement for R12 and R134a in automotive applications and now has a significant share of the automotive aftermarket business in Australia. The introduction of domestic refrigerators and numerous commercial/domestic applications for hydrocarbons over recent years has created new growth for hydrocarbons like HyChill “Minus 10”. With offices in Asia and a head office based at the manufacturing plant in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, its natural direct replacements are shipped worldwide to OEM’s and other customers.  

Contact information

If you would like to contact HyChill for any enquiries, you may send a request to Ross Bradshaw directly.


By Sabine Lobnig

Mar 22, 2012, 00:00

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